Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gator Bowl Could Benefit from Playoffs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Gator Bowl Could Benefit from Playoffs

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Byline: Gene Frenette, Times-Union sports writer

The Bowl Championship Series formula is expected to be tweaked again this week in a meeting of the six major conference commissioners in San Francisco. The prevailing opinion from bowl insiders remains that playoff proponents will likely get their wish when a new contract goes into effect with the 2006 season.

Debate has always centered on what form a playoff would take, but the proposal that makes the most sense is taking the four BCS bowl winners (Sugar, Fiesta, Orange and Rose) and letting them advance to the national semifinals and a championship game. Under that scenario, the BCS would need three more host sites and the Gator Bowl would likely be a prime candidate to get one of those extra BCS games and host a national championship game by 2012.

If the commissioners add three games to the BCS mix, Florida would likely get one. Look for the Outback Bowl in Tampa to be the Gator Bowl's toughest competition because that stadium has fairly comparable revenue streams. One important caveat: if the Gator Bowl failed to get into the BCS mix, it'd be awfully hard for the game to stay in business. . . .

Good move by veteran quarterback Charlie Batch in signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers over the Jaguars. He's got a better chance of two things happening in Pittsburgh: going to a Super Bowl this season and Kordell Stewart relinquishing the starter's job for non-injury reasons. . . . Now when you mention Arena football in the United States, you have to specify whether you're talking about an indoor game with helmets and shoulder pads or the philosophy of America's new soccer genius, Bruce Arena. . . . The New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies needed just three games to score a combined 70 runs. The World Cup had to play 27 matches before scoring that many goals. …

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