"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
College Football Playoff
Since the College Football Playoff is starting this year, I thought this article was pretty helpful in understanding exactly what's going on. The recap at the end of the article:
• An elimination round now exists in college football.
• A selection committee will pick the top 25 teams in the country and seed the playoff.
• Six prestigious bowls will take place on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, broadcasted by ESPN.
• This year, the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will host the semifinals on New Year's Day.
• This year's National Championship Game will take place in North Texas.
The BCS is dead, as Brian detailed in his most recent post, but here are some things you may not know, or may have forgotten about the playoff
- The six bowls participating in the rotating semifinal and final were not randomly chosen. They are all historic bowl sites in warm weather cities with no state getting more than one game, excluding hte final. (sorry Citrus Bowl).
The six bowls are in Los Angeles, Tempe, Dallas/Arlington, New Orleans, Atlanta and Miami.
2014 New Year's Day Bowl lineup will be drastically changed. It is shaping up to have the Cotton Bowl as the 1 p.m. game followed by the Rose Bowl semifinal in the late afternoon/evening and the Sugar Bowl as the primetime game.
The Rose Bowl always hosts the evening game on New Year's Day and that doesn't appear to change unless NYD falls on a Sunday as it does in 2017. In that case, the Rose Bowl will move to Monday, Jan. 2.
New Year's Eve always has the Peach Bowl at night and that doesn't appear to be changing. Even when it hosts the National Semifinal, the Peach Bowl will be held on Dec. 31 and not Jan. 1. Also, it is the only game in the College Football Playoff that is referred to by it's corporately-sponsored name.
Because of the intracacies of keeping the Rose Bowl in it's Jan. 1 slot and the Peach Bowl in it's NYE slot, there are some scheduling quirks. For example, in 2015, the College Football Playoff semifinal games are on Jan. 1 and will be the last games played before the title game. However, in 2016, the semifinals are held on NYE, followed by the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. A little weird but not as much as having the games scattered about.
Semifinal contests on NYE means we could in the future have a Michigan game on NYE. That would be one heck of a party. I assume this would also mean Al Borges is coaching at Louisville or the Upstairs Hollywood Beauty College.
The College Football Playoff Championship game will rotate between host cities much like the Super Bowl and Final Four. Texas gets the 2015 game, Arizona will host in 2016 and Tampa Bay in 2017.
While the warm-weather locations are not a great set up for the B1G, it helps remove the New Year's Daybowl logjam out of Florida. (Outback, Citrus, Gator, Orange). I believe they also had Champ's Sports at one time too. Where the F did the Champ's Sports Bowl spawn from?
The layoff between the semifinal and final games will be determined by what day New Year's Day falls on and which game is hosting the semifinal For example, the 2015 semifinals are on New Year's Day, but the championship is 11 days later. In 2016, there is a 10-day layover. In 2017, there is an 8-day layover. Of course, in some years the semifinal is on NYD, such as the case in 2015. But in 2016, the semifinals are hosted on Dec. 31.
ESPN has a 12-year contract to televise and distribute the playoff games and had a previous contract to televise and distribute the Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl games through 2026. They also currently air the Chik-Fil-A Bowl. (I would be surprised if things didn't move to an 8-team playoff before 2026).
The Cotton Bowl contract was held by Fox, but expired this year. I cannot find information on what network has the rights to this game if the game is not part of the official playoff. It may not be ESPN. If the Cotton Bowl is part of the playoff, the game will be on the ESPN family of networks. Live from hospice in 2025 is Brent Musburger.
There was also discussion of a "Champions Bowl" to feature top teams from the SEC/Big12, but I don't know if the College Playoff has changed that and cannot find information on that bowl game. It very well could include top teams from the SEC/Big12 that are left out of the top games. Hypothetically, this could be teams that are around 10-16th in the nation, giving us an 8th, top flight post-season game that won't involve crap-ass teams like Hawaii.
The hypothetical playoff teams will play as many as 15 games, one less than an NFL schedule. (So much for arguments about kids missing class).
The committee to select playoff teams have a strong Big Ten presence including Tom Osborne of Nebraska, Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin and Tyrone Willingham from MSU (before ND).
All other conferences are represented but not necessarily as well as the B1G or the Pac-10 (Condoleeza Rice, Pat Haden, etc.)
- Lastly and most importantly, the College Football Playoff logo looks like a vagina.
They have closed the voting on the College Football Playoff logo design, and the one they are calling the "Golden Football" won. Sorry, no spiked footballs. Source link
Sorry if already posted, I did do a search and didn't see this on here, most recent post I could find was the one encouraging voting on it from a couple days ago.
So what's the verdict? Are we happy with the logo? Or is it just as bland as the name for the playoff itself?
Wetzel says that B1G has given up on campus site playoff games due to emotional attachment to the Rose Bowl? Seems to side with Brian on the obvious benefits to the B1G with on-site playoff games. If true, I'm highly disappointed. His point re: 3 travel games in less than a month - two of which requiring air travel - really hits home. Particularly for an out of region alum like myself.
I was going to post this on a Dr. Saturday post, but their server kept screwing up, so I figured I would submit it here. This is just a hypothetical, but I would like to see what people think.
There will be anywhere between three (TCU, Boise, Florida/Bama) and five (TCU, Boise, Florida/Bama, Cincy, Texas) undefeated teams after next weekend. Since they are all undefeated, they theoretically are the only teams that qualify for consideration as a top team. Ideally, there would be a mini-playoff to determine which teams play in the NC. Won't happen, but hypothetically:
Three Teams: TCU/Boise would play in the first case, on Army/Navy weekend (Florida/Bama bye due to #1 rank) and the winner would play Florida/Bama in the NC game, as uncontested #2.
Four Teams: In the second case, where either Cincy or Texas lose, the playoff would be Florida/Bama vs Cincy/Texas, and TCU vs Boise, with the winners of the games meeting in the NC.
Five Teams: In the third case, they playoff would be by Strength of Schedule. Florida/Bama bye again due to #1 rank, Cincy vs Texas (as BCS) and TCU vs Boise (as non-BCS) play it out for BCS #2 and #3, respectively. Since there would still be two undefeated teams, the #2 and #3 would then play one last tiebreaker, leading to two undefeated teams in the NC game. Sure, it'd be two extra games for two teams, but it'd lead to a great NC game between two proven undefeated teams.
Of course, team-shuffling could occur, if TCU/Boise lose and Cincy/Texas both win then the four-team case would be divided differently.