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Why don't they just go ahead and get it over with?

Add 24 more bowl games so all 128 FBS teams are part of postseason play. We're pretty much on pace to get there by 2021, anyway.

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Every time you turn around another college football bowl game pops up.

The Arizona Bowl was officially announced on Thursday, becoming the record 41st postseason bowl game. It will feature two teams from among the Mountain West, Conference-USA and the Sun Belt Conference. That makes 80 teams playing in bowl games this year (the teams in the national championship game playing twice).

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NCAA approval is expected for two more bowls — in Austin, Texas and Little Rock, Ark. — next year to get us to 43 games.

Six victories over FBS teams are required to be bowl eligible. There were 81 eligible teams for 76 bowl slots last year. We're just about at the tipping point where the number of required wins needs to be lowered to five or special waivers need to be given to fill all the bowl slots. Maybe this is the year that happens.

The Mountain West has tie-ins with seven bowls, but there already is talk that the conference may not have seven eligible teams. Crazy.

The Holiday Bowl became the 14th bowl game when it received its charter for the inaugural game in 1978. The funny thing? The NCAA was a little iffy about issuing a charter at the time, believing there getting to be too many postseason games. There were still only 18 bowl games in the 1995-96 season. Things started going crazy the past decade or so when ESPN needed programming. The network owns nearly a dozen of the games.

I have friends who would argue you can never have too much of a good thing. Of course, they'e only saying that because they enjoy being in a football bowl pool. Or two. Or three.

Does anyone really care who wins the lowest-ranked bowl game?

I look forward to hearing the students from the winning school chanting "We're No. 79!"

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