Tag Archives: Playoff

Lessons from March Madness

College football is new to this selection committee and playoff thing.  It can learn from the mistakes and shortcomings of basketball’s March Madness. Tournament results do not rectify selection mistakes.  The College Football Playoff Committee should have already learned this … Continue reading

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The Most Important Play of the National Championship

There is one play, more than any other, whose success will affect the outcome of the national championship game.  The play is a designed run for Deshaun Watson, the quarterback power. Clemson’s offense works off a relatively simple formula: outside, … Continue reading

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Post Hoc, Ergo …

Monday night’s winner of the Clemson – Alabama game will be the undisputed national champion of college football.  That team will be the winner of a four team playoff which is part of a system that every FBS conference and … Continue reading

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Orange Bowl

Clemson plays Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl, part of the college football playoff.  The Sooners are currently 3.5 point favorites to win the game. Advantage Clemson? Teams don’t always play the same in bowl games as they played at the … Continue reading

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In Defense of Meaningless Bowls

College football’s bowl season is odd.  Compared to every other sport, it’s very odd.  In what other sport is an entire season played and ended with an exhibition game?  I can’t think of another like it.  In most sports the … Continue reading

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What We Learned: Week 12

The Committee Loves Blowouts.  Remember when the BCS instructed the computer rankings to take out margin of victory?  Remember how they didn’t want to see teams run up the score?  The Playoff Committee isn’t like that.  Last year Ohio State … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Must Lose

The Committee is going to have hard decisions to make when they choose the last two participants for the playoff.  The first two will be easy.  Undefeated Clemson will be in the playoff, and SEC Champion Alabama will be there.  … Continue reading

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Paper Tigers

2006 Ohio State.  2012 Notre Dame.  2014 Florida State.  What do those teams have in common?  They all went undefeated and were granted a chance to play for the national title.  In each instance the zero in the loss column … Continue reading

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Bravo Big Ten

Conference commissioners and coaches have been talking about what teams’ schedules should look like for years.  At its media days event the B1G took the lead in scheduling.  Beginning with the 2016 season, all Big Ten members will be required … Continue reading

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Alabama – Louisville and “True Road Games”

On Friday morning ESPN reported Alabama and Louisville have agreed to play a 2018 game in Orlando to open the season. Immediately many on twitter derided the fact that the game was not a true road game. Some expanded their … Continue reading

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