Ultimate UM Football Revenge Tour Scenario

Ultimate UM Football Revenge Tour Scenario

Submitted by Indy Pete - Go Blue on November 7th, 2018 at 10:05 PM

Michigan could potentially have six games left if we win every single one. The official 4 game Michigan revenge tour (Wisconsin, msu, psu, osu) is nearly complete, but here is my scenario for the ultimate Michigan football revenge tour: 

1. Michigan defeats chief rival Rutger despite their efforts to fence the garden and defeat us for the second time in their history. We may have the most wins and the highest winning percentage of all time, but they are the birthplace of college football. We need revenge on them for giving birth to football before we did.

1st CFP Rankings: (1) Georgia; (2) Alabama; (3) Notre Dame; (4) Clemson

1st CFP Rankings: (1) Georgia; (2) Alabama; (3) Notre Dame; (4) Clemson

Submitted by BoFlex on October 31st, 2017 at 7:24 PM

CFP Rankings

  1. Georgia
  2. Alabama
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Clemson
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. TCU
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Miami
  11. Oklahoma State
  12. Washington
  13. Virginia Tech
  14. Auburn
  15. Iowa State
  16. Mississippi State
  17. USC
  18. UCF
  19. LSU
  20. NC State
  21. Stanford
  22. Arizona
  23. Memphis
  24. Michigan State
  25. Washington State

Predictions on Future State of CFB, Playoff, Selection Committee based on current season

Predictions on Future State of CFB, Playoff, Selection Committee based on current season

Submitted by Moonlight Graham on November 9th, 2014 at 10:49 AM

"We can't control the committee," Patterson said. “All we can do is try and win.”

That's TCU head coach Gary Patterson after yesterday's win over number 6 Kansas State, a win that shoud elevate his team to number 4 or 5 in the country and the cusp of making the final football four. Yet here we stand, with another coach begging to a committe because his team is out of options to "settle things on the field." At the end of the season, both TCU and Baylor could have one loss, and Kansas State could also be tied for first place in the Big XII with one conference loss. If the playoff committee is going to look at a Big XII team they'll need to choose between these three, who have now all gone 1-1 against each other, and the Big XII does not play a championship game. 

The esteemed committee members do not collectively seem the type to say "screw it, too hard to figure out ... just put the B1G Championship Game winner in instead." But this season is shaping up to be the Big XII's worst nightmare. They've been touting their scheduling ability to play nine conference games and have every team play each other, but with their three top teams going 1-1 against each other that has completely backfired. The winner of a TCU-Baylor rematch in a Big XII championship game would surely be chosen over the winner of the weaker B1G, but there is no such opportunity. 

This scenario, along with other happenings like Notre Dame being eliminated, have inspired some bold predictions and observations: 

Over-arching observation: As long as there are four slots in the bracket and five power conferences, the CFB Playoff will ALWAYS be a referendum on which four conferences were the strongest each year, and those champions will be selected. 

Prediction: The Big XII will add two more teams to bring their total to (hey look!) 12 ... and soon. And it doesn't matter much who they are at this point. (By the way, in this "new world" of the Power 5 autonomy and the CFBP, is that "rule" still in place that a conference MUST have 12 teams in order to stage a championship game? Wasn't that a BCS/NCAA thing? Couldn't the Big XII these days just split into two five team divisions? But I digress). This season may already prove without a doubt that they NEED that KSU-Baylor championship game. Grab Cincinnati, Colorado State, BYU, or get the SWC band back together and welcome Houston, Rice and SMU back. 

Prediction: Notre Dame will permanently join the ACC. This may not happen right away, but it's clear that the committee will have its hands full already trying to choose among six contenders for four slots -- The power five champions plus the second-best SEC team. Granted, it would have happened in 2012, but the whole landscape has shifted and will continue to shift, especially if the domino of the Big XII adding CCG happens and strengthens their CFBP candidacy. We all know how much of an anomaly that season was for them. 

Prediction: The B1G will regret prioritizing TV markets over program strength when expanding. At least where it comes to getting teams into the CFBP, that is. Adding Rutgers and Maryland only weakened the conference and gifted the ACC a slot to add a stronger Louisville program. If the Big XII begins playing a CCG and ND joins the ACC permanently, that makes the B1G's two closest "rival" conferences in the strength-of-schedule battles even stronger. Having Missouri in the B1G West and Notre Dame in the B1G East would have made the conference a lot more compelling. 

Long-Term Prediction: In 2025 college football will be NFL-ized anyway. Traditional conferences will be voluntarily dismantled and AFC/NFC-style conferences and divisions will be put in place, allowing for a cleaner 8- or 16-team playoff bracket. 

What does this mean for Michigan? Obviously not much right now, we've got our own issues to sort through. Except hey, the more CFB continues to resemble the NFL on a big-time scale, that bodes better for attracting Jim Harbaugh, right? 


EDIT: I did not realize that Kansas State and Baylor have not played yet, my error. My point about the possibility of a 2008 Big XII Texas-Oklahoma scenario remains, but I should have done more fact checking than thinking to myself "I'm pretty sure they played each other."

College Football Playoff selection committee announced

College Football Playoff selection committee announced

Submitted by Benvom on October 16th, 2013 at 9:17 PM

I looked and didn't see any posts made already, so here's the committee:


Chair: Jeff Long

Barry Alvarez
Lt. Gen. Michael Gould
Pat Haden
Tom Jernstedt
Oliver Luck
Archie Manning
Tom Osborne
Dan Radakovich
Condoleezza Rice
Mike Tranghese
Steve Wieberg
Tyrone Willingham