The Thinking Fan's Guide to the College Football Playoff by Stewart Mandel

By Stewart Mandel

In his uniquely informative and wonderful variety, well known university soccer author Stewart Mandel offers a entire consultant to school football's new period. He examines why it took one hundred forty five years for the game to undertake an easy four-team playoff. He demystifies the complicated rotation within which the Rose, Sugar and 4 different bowls will take turns web hosting semifinal video games. He examines the factors choice committee individuals like Tom Osborne and Condoleezza Rice will use to figure out the playoff box and different bowl contributors. And he applies the hot process to earlier seasons to demonstrate the various methods lovers will adventure the game otherwise going ahead. Pay shut awareness. There’s a quiz on the finish.

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His league was well into a dynasty that would eventually entail seven straight BCS championships, causing resentment and jealousy among his peers. But the climate had begun shifting before then. For one thing, three of the six major conferences – the Big East, Big 12 and Pac-12 – changed commissioners between 2009 and 2011. All six added or lost schools in realignment mania. But mostly, the BCS’s leaders grew tired of defending the thing. ’” said Swarbrick. “‘I’m really tired of hearing it in my mail and from trustees and from congressional representatives.

We have agreed to use the P-word,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott – by which he meant playoff. There was no turning back now. By then the commissioners had already held three previous meetings on the subject, beginning in New Orleans the morning after a polarizing BCS championship game rematch between Alabama and LSU. I’d been there to cover two of them, and I’d be there for many more, first as the group formally agreed to the format (Chicago, June 20, 2012) and then, over the next two years, as they hashed out the various details.

12 Clemson (ACC) Dec. 31 Peach: No. 1 FSU (ACC champ) vs. No. 4 Michigan State (B1G champ) Dec. 31 Fiesta: No. 2 Auburn (SEC champ) vs. No. 3 Alabama (at-large) Jan. 2 Cotton: No. 10 Oregon (at-large) vs. No. 15 UCF (at-large) Jan. 2 Rose: No. 5 Stanford (Pac-12 champ) vs. No. 7 Ohio State (B1G) Jan. 2 Sugar: No. 6 Baylor (Big 12 champ) vs. No. 8 Missouri (SEC) In this scenario, Stanford, Ohio State, Baylor and Missouri all get to go to their conference’s contract bowls and South Carolina goes to the Orange Bowl as the highest-ranked available team from among the SEC, Big Ten and Notre Dame.

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