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The 10 Most Important Things We Learned about the College Football Playoff

Ohio State's QBs, Big Ten championship provided plenty of insight
The 10 Most Important Things We Learned about the College Football Playoff

For a playoff system that produced a mere three games and four teams in championship contention, the first College Football Playoff left us plenty to dissect.

 

In the name of transparency (and publicity and TV ratings), the selection committee released a weekly top 25 starting in Week 10 and sent committee chair Jeff Long out to field questions on camera and off about the process.

 

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Playoff Snub Sends Clear Signal to Big 12: Use Your Games Wisely

No need for expansion yet, but Baylor must make an effort
Playoff Snub Sends Clear Signal to Big 12: Use Your Games Wisely

Art Briles is one of the nation’s brightest football coaches. He’s done more with less at Baylor because of smarts and hard work.

He’s changed Baylor from a Big 12 afterthought into a two-time league champ because of astute recruiting and player development and an innovative offensive system.

That’s why Baylor missing out on the College Football Playoff can be so frustrating.

Baylor the overachiever, so adept at maximizing its potential, misused some of its most valuable resources.

Ranking All 39 College Football Bowls for 2014: From Must-See to Must-Miss

Athlon ranks the bowl games from No. 1-39.
Ranking All 39 College Football Bowls for 2014: From Must-See to Must-Miss

College football’s regular season is over and the postseason and playoff matchups are set. The bowl season kicks off in New Orleans on Dec. 20 and concludes with the national championship in Arlington, Texas. 39 bowl games are slated for this year's schedule, and the slate will increase to 40 in 2015.

 

College Football Playoff Predictions

Athlon's panel likes Alabama to win it all.
College Football Playoff Predictions

College football’s new four-team playoff format starts on Jan. 1 with Oregon and Florida State meeting in the Rose Bowl, while Alabama takes on Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl to close out the first round. The Crimson Tide ranked as the No. 1 seed in the new format, with the Ducks ranked No. 2 over the defending national champs. The winner of the Sugar and Rose Bowl games on Jan. 1 are set to meet on Jan.

5 Reasons Why Ohio State Will Win the College Football Playoff

Cardale Jones, Joey Bosa among reasons wild card Buckeyes could win title
5 Reasons Why Ohio State Will Win the College Football Playoff

 

The NFL and Major League Baseball playoffs have their wild cards. The College Football Playoff does, too. If not in name, Ohio State is the wild card in practice.

 

The Buckeyes were the last team in the four-team field, and the most controversial. Ohio State’s 59-0 win over Wisconsin the Big Ten Championship put the Buckeyes over the top ahead of TCU and Baylor. Personnel-wise, Ohio State is also a wild card. The Buckeyes have played only one game with the quarterback who will start the Sugar Bowl.

 

Final College Football Playoff Bracket Proves Little Use for Weekly Rankings

Was the weekly top 25 process a waste of time?
Final College Football Playoff Bracket Proves Little Use for Weekly Rankings

When the guy who correctly predicts presidential races down to the electoral vote is thrown off the scent, maybe it’s time to acknowledge that following the weekly College Football Playoff horse race is not the best use of time.

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