College Football Articles
The ways you could dissect this year’s Orange Bowl compose a veritable plethora, and we will try to cover as many of them as possible between now and New Year’s Eve. In part one of an as-many-parts-as-it-takes series, we look at the quarterback situation for both sides. While the circumstances are different for Georgia and Michigan, similarities exist that are fairly intriguing.
If you caught the Selection Show Sunday, you learned all is well: no need for playoff expansion, it played itself out, and we got the right four. When Cincinnati was revealed as the no. 4, Kirk Herbstreit waxed sarcastic, questioning why people ever doubted the committee would include a Group of 5. Pay no attention to the fact it took eight years. And while the clouds parted from the playoff picture Saturday night, it was also clear the field is indeed too small.
Only six teams still have playoff hopes. Ahead of Tuesday’s CFP rankings release and Selection Sunday, let’s find out who’s earned a spot and who has not.
Two weeks remain before the four teams to compete for the national title are revealed. Rather than just take the committee’s word for it, I’ve devised a ranking system to determine the four most-deserving teams based on performance on the field. It’s not perfect, just as no ranking system is. However, unlike the committee, I will make every attempt to be transparent, and that starts with what I’m not interested in.
It was 101 years ago Henry L. Farrell fittingly described it as the mythical national championship. One hundred one years later, not much has changed. There have been several attempts to do so, each one reactive, with a heavy dose of recency bias. The political climate seems ripe once again to usher in the newest attempt to correct a failed system. And unless sane minds prevail, we’ll end up with more of the same.
That Jim Harbaugh hasn’t gotten Michigan over the hump is no newsflash. His struggles at his alma mater are well documented. They’re often based on three metrics: 2-and-13 against the top 10, including 0-and-6 on the road, and 2-and-9 away from Ann Arbor against ranked opponents. But what’s the real reason you hate him, or at least why you show him no mercy?
Less than 48 hours before the release of the first College Football Playoff rankings, it’s time to see who still has a legitimate path. Teams fall into one of four categories: playoff-bound, in the hunt, all but done, and eliminated.