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The Six Dilemmas Facing the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

The first playoff rankings will be released today. Here are some of the issues we're watching
The Six Dilemmas Facing the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

 

The College Football Playoff selection committee will release its first rankings today, and no one really knows what to expect.

 

Will the selection committee’s top 25 be a carbon copy of the AP or coaches polls? Will it be wildly different?

 

How much change will we see from week to week as the committee goes through its made-for-TV rankings process every Tuesday?

 

Earnhardt, Hendrick score emotional win at Martinsville

Through the Gears: The four things we learned in Martinsville
Post-race reaction from NASCAR's Chase race at Martinsville Speedway.

Ten years. That’s how long since the Hendrick Motorsports plane crash, near Martinsville, which took the lives of 10 innocent victims. Among them were owner Rick Hendrick’s son, Ricky, and brother John; nieces Kimberly and Jennifer, engine builder Randy Dorton, Hendrick GM Jeff Turner, a DuPont executive and three pilots, two of which were at the controls. It was a tragedy that devastated the four-car organization, whose driver Jimmie Johnson won the race without knowing the darkness that unfolded in the hills behind the racetrack. 

 

Previewing the Top College Football Games of Week 10

TCU-West Virginia, Utah-Arizona matchups on par with Stanford-Oregon
Previewing the Top College Football Games of Week 10

By Saturday, the release of the first College Football Playoff top 25 may feel like an afterthought.

 

True, the playoff is one of the defining features of the season, but the first weekend of November is a clear indication of the other major storyline for 2014 — unpredictability.

 

On Nov. 1, teams like TCU, West Virginia, Utah and Arizona State will be playing in games relevant to conference title chases, if not the playoff.

 

Amazing College Football Stats from Week 9 in the ACC

Here are the stats to know from Week 9 in the ACC.
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 9

Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.

 

Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference football action:

 

Will Muschamp's Coaching Tenure at Florida Enters Make-or-Break Stretch

Does Muschamp have a chance to save his job?
Will Muschamp's Coaching Tenure at Florida Enters Make-or-Break Stretch

There’s a good chance the fate of Florida coach Will Muschamp was sealed in Florida’s 42-13 loss to Missouri on Oct. 18. But if it wasn’t, the next five games are a make-or-break stretch in Gainesville for the fourth-year coach.

 

Is Slow Progress Enough for Tim Beckman to Return at Illinois in 2015?

Beckman is squarely on the hot seat.
Is Slow Progress Enough for Tim Beckman to Return at Illinois in 2015?

When Illinois hired Tim Beckman, the administration did so taking a bit on a gamble on a head coach who managed to take Toledo to one bowl game (which the Rockets lost) and never won more than eight games in a season. Now in year three of the Beckman Era, the Illini have gone 10-22. Yes, Beckman finally hit double digits in the win column at Illinois after his Illini managed to upset Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. It was just the second conference win under Beckman since he was hired. Is it warm in here, or is that just the coaching hot seat?

 

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