Ducks Down the Dogs in Wacky CFB Weekend

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(While the following is a fictional conversation between Troy Dye and his mother, it’s hard to imagine their real post-game phone call going much differently.) “Mom! It’s Troy, Mom!” “Are you and Travis Okay? No injuries?” “We are both fine Mom, and smiling from ear to ear.” “Did you win, Son?” “Did we win? Heck yes! We beat those dirty …

First Half of CFB Season in the Books. Ready for Part 2?

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And at the halfway poll … It always shows up suddenly, doesn’t it? Here we are in early October and many college football teams are already halfway through the regular season schedule. Does any sport have a longer offseason and a shorter regular season than does CFB? So, let’s review the bidding when it comes to the first half’s biggest …

CFB Recap: Kansas Isn’t Awful, and the Pac-12’s Playoff Hopes Are Fading

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‘Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore …” Week 3 was largely forgettable. There wasn’t a single matchup between top-25 teams. Nevertheless, the Sunflower State bloomed like it hasn’t bloomed — CFB-wise — in, well, forever. The Mad Hatter took his crew to Boston with the CFB world expecting Kansas to be no more than a crumpet …

Recapping a Surprisingly Entertaining Week 1 of CFB

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Week 1 of college football is in the books. All in all, it was a weekend more or less devoid of drama, the glaring exception being the Ducks’ epic collapse against Auburn (c’mon, it’s time to move forward). But interesting storylines and developments were aplenty. You just need to do a little digging to find them. Week 1 News, Notes …

2036: A College Football Scheduling Odyssey

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“I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I’ve still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you.” – HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (although it could be any guy pleading with his wife …

Are the Playoffs and Realignment HURTING College Football?

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Calling the current college football landscape “unfair” would be the understatement of the year. Things weren’t always this way, as conferences used to be aligned according to the regions of the country, with sensible, and most importantly, balanced schedules. Conference champions weren’t determined in revenue-driven championship games. They were simply awarded to the team that had the best record at …

Pac-12 in the Playoff? Don’t Count on It

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[To the tune of “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker] Every Pac-12 player twirl All around Champagne Larry’s world Gonna do da limbo rock Hope da conference won’t be jocked. North be limbo, North be quick South go under limbo stick As the Pac-12’s playoff hopes drop Hey, let’s do the limbo rock! Limbo lower now Limbo lower now How low …

Proposing a CFB Conference Expansion Overhaul

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“Evolve or perish,” goes the Darwinian maxim. In the college football world, evolution has taken the form of expansion. But it’s been a few years since the mass realignment and expansion led by Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Utah, Louisville, Syracuse, Maryland, Rutgers, Pitt and TCU. Are we in line for a second wave of expansion in the Power 5 …