Almost four weeks ago, in an apparent fit of optimism, the NCAA approved the creation of a 42nd bowl game so that every eligible football team with an even record or better would have a postseason game.

Never mind that the calendar already overflowed with the Tailgreeter Cure Bowl, the Cheez-It Bowl, the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl and the Duke’s Mayo Bowl, among dozens of others. The late birth of the one-time Frisco Football Classic — not to be confused with the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl, played in the same stadium near Dallas — set up the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks to play North Texas.

It was fortunate the game was scheduled and contested when it was: By the time the RedHawks won, 27-14, two days before Christmas, the bowl season had fallen into chaos.