Conference title games are a charade

Conference title games are nothing more than glorified scrimmages that can only hurt the higher-ranked team, writes Rod Gilmore.

Updated: December 1, 2005, 6:56 PM ET
By Rod Gilmore | Special to
This weekend's ACC and Big 12 conference title games are nothing more than glorified scrimmages and money-grabbing ventures (sort of like NFL preseason games).

We don't need them. Great performances over a season should be rewarded -- not cheapened by these conference title games.

Vince Young
Allen Kee/WireImage.comVince Young's Longhorns have a date with Colorado in the Big 12 title game.

Virginia Tech and Texas have had great seasons, but those seasons are at risk against mediocre teams and for no apparent reason, other than cash.

Rod Gilmore

College Football analyst
Rod Gilmore serves as an ESPN studio analyst on SportsCenter and College Football Live, and provides commentary on ESPN's Friday night game telecasts. He writes regularly for ESPN Insider.