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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[FINAL] BCS Standings – Week 8 [Dec. 2, 2012]

BCS Logo 2012by Travis Normand

Click HERE to see the BCS standings as of December 2, 2012. This is the eight (and final) BCS ranking of the 2012 season.

A few of my observations from this week’s BCS standings:

  • Notre Dame and Alabama will play in the BCS title game.
  • Northern Illinois is ranked in the Top 16 of the BCS and is ranked ahead of at least one conference champion from an automatic qualifier conference.  This guarantees UNI a spot in a BCS Bowl game (the Orange Bowl versus Florida State).


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Jimbo got ahead of himself as Florida State falls to Florida 37-26

by Travis Normand

Last week I responded to comments made by Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher (click HERE to see my post).

Instead of preparing for the rivalry game with the University of Florida, Jimbo spent his time complaining to the media about how the current method used to select the best teams in college football is flawed.

On November 24, 2012, FSU lost at home to the University of Florida, 37-26.

I wonder if Jimbo still thinks that Florida doesn’t belong in the top six?  I wonder if he still thinks FSU should be ranked number four?  I wonder if Jimbo now realizes that the selection method isn’t as broken as his line of logic and reasoning?  Maybe he realizes that he needs to worry about defeating the teams on his schedule before going-off about how broken the BCS is?

Who knows.

[Press Release] ESPN Reaches 12-Year Agreement For New College Football Playoff

For immediate release:
November 21, 2012

ESPN Reaches 12-Year Agreement For New College Football Playoff

All Related Games Including National Championship, Semifinals And More

ESPN and the group that will administer the new college football playoff have reached an agreement in principle to present the playoff games and selected other games for 12 years on an exclusive basis across ESPN’s platforms. The agreement will begin after the 2014 regular season (including January 2015) and continue through after the 2025 regular season (January 2026). It includes the national championship game and semifinals, as well as other bowl games that will be part of the rotation to host the semifinals. Combined with previous deals for the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls, the arrangement would provide ESPN with rights to all games that are involved in the new post-season arrangement to determine a college football national champion.

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FSU’s Jimbo Fisher is not happy with the BCS

by Travis Normand

Last week, during his weekly press conference, Florida State [FSU] head coach Jimbo Fisher was apparently asked what he thought about the current BCS system.  His response was that he thinks “it stinks.”

He followed up his comment with a short and simple rant on how the whole system is essentially broken and why it needs to be changed.  Does he offer a solution?  Of course not.  Why would he?  Its too easy to just sit there and say that you hate the BCS without proposing a solution.  In fact, offering a solution would require a certain amount of thought.

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