Motivation won't be an issue for Northern Illinois during its winter 6 a.m. offseason workouts.The problem: Texas Christian's one-sided victory will probably inspire some sports pundits to question the policy of giving preference to seven-win teams from conferences without bowl ties over six-win teams from conferences with bowl ties. USA Today's Erick Smith notes additional evidence of inefficiently many bowls.
In other cheerful news, the basketball winning streak ended in Chicago.
International Bowl — Western Michigan vs. Cincinnati, Jan. 6, noon
This game screams out as the poster child for the gluttony of bowl games that now exist. And I am not even mentioning the venue of Toronto in January. Western Michigan 20, Cincinnati 19.