POP Pass (or RPO Pass)

by Travis Normand

This season should feature plenty of “POP” Passes.  Not sure what a POP Pass is?  No problem, as the two articles that I have posted below explain it perfectly.  These articles are mandatory reading before the 2015 season starts as I am sure this will be a recurring discussion topic.  In fact, with so much focus on the rules surrounding a proper POP pass, I fully expect to see more flags for the “ineligible man downfield” penalty.

Here are the articles discussing the POP or RPO Pass:

  1. http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2015/7/31/9077143/pop-pass-ncaa-football-rules-2015
  2. http://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2014/8/20/6044003/read-option-pass-play-football-xs-os-diagrams


Man discovers 1942 Rose Bowl trophy in garbage

by Travis Normand

*Edit/Update: A better title for this post would be Duke Coach’s 1942 Rose Bowl Trophy Found….In Trash,” as it was apparently a trophy that was given to one of Duke’s coaches, and not the team trophy that was given to Oregon State (winners of the 1942 Rose Bowl).

However, after seeing how most schools treat their college football trophies and artifacts, I am not shocked by this news at all.  Even I have found college football trophies in the trash.

N.C. man discovers 1942 Rose Bowl trophy in garbage

Yahoo Sports Minute

Discovering a Rose Bowl trophy is one thing. But coming across a 1942 Rose Bowl trophy — a relic from the only time “The Granddaddy of Them All” wasn’t played in Pasadena, Calif. — is something different altogether. But according to a report by ABC 11 news in Raleigh, N.C., that’s exactly what happened to one lucky man.

The junk collector — who wished to remain anonymous — stumbled upon the piece of college football history four months ago while sifting through trash. The 1942 Rose Bowl between Duke and Oregon State was moved to Durham, N.C. due to a government ban on all large public gatherings on the West Coast of the United States in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack. The Beavers beat the Blue Devils 20-16 at Duke’s home stadium in front of 56,000 fans (some of which sat on borrowed bleachers from nearby University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill).

Even coaches on the losing side received hardware. The recovered item appears to have been originally awarded to then-Blue Devils backfield coach Eddie Cameron — the same Eddie Cameron who has an Indoor Stadium named after him.

The man plans to let Duke have the first chance to buy the trophy. After that, he says it will go to the highest bidder.


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The Greatest Comeback That Never Was

The quarterfinals of the 1994 Texas State Championship is considered by many to be the greatest football game ever. Two undefeated high school teams came together at Texas Stadium and the winner would go on to win the state title.

Why are players, coaches and broadcasters still haunted by this game 20 years later?

Special thanks to Denny Garver, Eddy Clinton and the Plano East and John Tyler players and coaches for their cooperation with this project.

Link: BleacherReport.com

Maryland’s Unsportsmanlike Conduct (Updated Nov. 3, 2014)

by Travis Normand

Today, Maryland defeated Penn State, 20-19.  However, before the game, Maryland’s team captains refused to shake hands with Penn State’s team captains.  I have watched a lot of college football in my life and I have never seen such a blatant act of unsportsmanlike conduct.  It is my understanding that Maryland was flagged for this stunt, and I truly hope that was the case.

I won’t rehash the specifics of the incident, as you can read about it on ESPN.com, ESPN.com (Big 10 Blog), SI.com, and BleacherReport.com (video).

Photo from ESPN.com

**Update:  Nov. 3, 2014 – The Big 10 Conference has fined Maryland $10K for its pre-game behavior.  You can read more about this fine / punishment at Yahoo Sports and / or SI.com.  You can also read the Big 10’s official press release about this punishment at Big10.org (and I have also posted it below).

According to the press release, the conference did not specifically punish Maryland for the failure to shake hands prior to the game.  However, it did call the behavior “exceptionally regrettable.”

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Playoff Pundit: Auburn wins first playoff game!

CFBP - 86Kby Travis Normand

With Auburn ranked No. 3 and Ole Miss No. 4 in the first playoff poll, their game tonight was the first head-to-head match-up between two playoff bound teams.  In other words, their game was essentially a playoff game, as I can only imagine that the winner would still be considered for one of the four playoff spots (the loser would have two losses, as both teams already had one loss entering the game).

Auburn ended up defeating Ole Miss, 35-31.  It was a close game, so it will be interesting to see what the playoff committee does with Ole Miss in terms of how far down the rankings they move them.  On the other hand, No. 2 Florida State struggled Thursday night against No. 25 Louisville and No. 1 Mississippi State struggled against Arkansas, so it will be interesting to see if the top three get shuffled.

Finally, No. 5 Oregon won their game against Stanford, 45-16.  With No. 6 Alabama having a bye-week and No. 7 TCU winning 31-30 over No. 20 West Virginia, I can only imagine that Oregon will assume No. 4 playoff spot/rank.

Understanding the CFB Playoff (Part 2)

by Travis Normand

For those of you who want to understand all of the idiosyncrasies of the playoff selection process, I would like to recommend two readings for you.  Consider this your recommended reading list in your “Playoff 101” course.

  1. Selection Committee Protocol:  How to select the four best teams to compete for the college football national championship (Adopted unanimously by the BCS Group – June 20, 2012).  – Posted here: http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/selection-committee-protocol
  2. Selection Committee FAQs – Posted here: http://www.collegefootballplayoff.com/selection-committee-faqs