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by Travis Normand

If you love college football and you are not listening to the podcast, you are missing out.

As readers of this blog know, I post random items and thoughts as I find them.  This means I post a lot of stuff that is anything but “timely.”  As it works out, I tend to find things later than most, which means I post about them later as well.  However, this isn’t always a bad thing.

For example, Ty and Dan (co-hosts of interviewed Keith Arnold of the blog “Inside the Irish” on January 4, 2013.  Had I listened to the interview that very same day, I may not have found it as interesting as I did.  Instead, I listened to the interview today (Jan. 14), a week after the national title game.

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Perspective on Bowls vs Playoff

BCS Logo 2012by Travis Normand

If you have been following my blog for any period of time, you know that I am anti-playoff (for college football).  I have many reasons for this, but that is for another post.  In fact, now that I think of it, I have mentioned that I am anti-playoff before but I don’t believe I have ever made a comprehensive post that details my reasoning behind it.  I should do that soon.

With the 2012 season officially over, we are one step closer to the first college football playoff. While the playoff discussion/debate has changed a little (it is now more about “what is the best playoff format,” instead of “whether or not we should have a playoff at all”), I still think the debate over whether or not to have a playoff is one worth having.  After all, we don’t have it yet and anything can change.

Anyway, whenever I find an article containing an interesting perspective or thought process to the “playoff debate,” I try to share it here.   So, when I found this article on, I couldn’t wait to share it.

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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. – Six bowls in playoff format, by Brett McMurphy, November 13, 2012.
  2. – College Football Playoff Format Finalized, by Matt Opper, November 12, 2012.
  3. – 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 ( 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:]

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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