Old but still important – 2014 Playoff Details

by Travis Normand

Okay, so these articles are pretty old, but I wanted to post them here as a quick reference to anyone who may need them.

After I created the post immediately preceding this one (titled “The Fair Ranking System“), I realized that some readers may not know the details of the 2014 Playoff.  For this reason, I am sharing a couple of links that should help explain the details of the upcoming playoff.

  1. ESPN.com – Six bowls in playoff format, by Brett McMurphy, November 13, 2012.
  2. DownTheDrive.com – College Football Playoff Format Finalized, by Matt Opper, November 12, 2012.
  3. LATimes.com – New college football playoff format may not end controversy, by Chris Dufresne, November 29, 2012.

The Fair Ranking System

by Travis Normand

There is a great article posted over at CollegeFootballUniverseBlog.com (YardBarker.com Network of Blogs) on December 19, 2012 concerning the BCS and what is called the “Fair Ranking System” (or FRS).

I found this article interesting and think that both BCS lovers and haters will enjoy it.

If you like the BCS (as I do), this article offers some insight into some of the often overlooked problems with the BCS as well as potential problems with the upcoming playoff (2014).

[Read the article HERE: CollegeFootballUniverseBlog.com]

Here is one of the most interesting quotes from the article:

Herbstreit also said, “thank goodness we are moving towards a new system in 2014.” News flash to Herbie before he gets all riled up when the 2014 bowl selection show rolls around, Northern Illinois would still have been placed in one of the new system’s bowls. –Come on do a little research Kirk. You are an ESPN analyst.- During his pre-mentioned rant, Herbstreit never spoke of the inclusion of lower ranked Big Ten and Big East teams in this year’s BCS Bowls as well as he never talked about the top ranked team from the “group of five” non-contracted conferences to be included in the system to replace the BCS in 2014 (see details below).

I was happy to see the author of this article address this issue.  I too was watching the “Bowl Selection Show” on ESPN and heard Kirk Herbstreit make these comments.  I usually enjoy Herbstreit’s commentary but in this case I thought he was completely off-base.

I don’t believe the playoff that is coming in 2014 will solve anything, and I actually believe it may cause more harm than good.  I hope I am wrong.  However, its articles like this that  encourage us think critically about college football.

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Montana to Transfer

by Travis Normand

While I don’t want to judge the Montanas and their collegiate decisions, it certainly seems that they are an impatient lot who are not willing to let the process play itself out.


Transferring has been somewhat of a common theme for the Montana family. For Nick Montana, a commitment to Tulane will hopefully be his last.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Montana will enroll at Tulane following one year at Mt. San Antonio College in California where he threw for 2,652 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. Montana will be a junior in 2013. Tulane has not confirmed the report.

The son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana began his collegiate career at Washington, but sat behind Keith Price and eventually transferred after the 2011 season. Montana saw most of his action late last season when Price suffered a knee injury against USC and recorded one start the next week against Oregon State, a 38-21 loss.

Nick’s brother, Nate, has also transferred a few times during his college career. Those stops have included Notre Dame (a couple of times), Montana (we…

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