• Georgia and Mark Richt go separate ways; Miami should be all in on Richt
  • The imminent end of the Les Miles era at LSU may have been greatly exaggerated
  • Western Michigan knocking off Toledo seals New Years Six for AAC
  • Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly having best season as head coach
  • Which one-loss team has the best overall body of work? It’s now Michigan State

The Big 12’s biggest problem wasn’t the lack of a championship game

Three years ago ACC commissioner John Swofford made it clear at the conference’s football preseason media event he was challenging the entire conference membership to rise up in non-conference play. At the time the ACC had developed a bit of an image problem suggesting the conference was the weakest of the power conferences. “Obviously, we need to win more of our high-profile games against non-conference opponents,” Swofford said in 2011. “That’s…


The McGuire Metric vs. the College Football Playoff

This season I started keeping track of overall body of work based on the strength of schedule at the time games are played. Knowing some of the flaws in this method going in, I was interested to hear College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long suggest within the last couple of weeks of the season that rankings based on the time games were played was a factor in the…


Wife Knows Best: Week 15 College Football Picks

It is conference championship week in college football. Champions in the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West Conference, Pac-12 and SEC will all be crowned starting tonight with the Pac-12 and MAC conference championship games. Things got started in wild fashion with UCF earning a split of the American Athletic Conference title Thursday night, hopefully setting the stage for one final weekend of craziness before heading…

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Episode 156 – The Big 12’s Playoff Picture

The final week of the college football season will finally answer the question that has been left unanswered for about a month now; Baylor or TCU? Both teams are in position to clinch at least a share of the Big 12 championship this week. Baylor defeated TCU earlier this season, but it is the Horned Frogs who look to be in a promising situation in the College Football Playoff. TCU…


Episode 155 – 2014 Pac-12 Championship Game Preview

When the 2014 season started, Oregon was supposed to be in this situation. The Ducks, with a Heisman Trophy front-runner at quarterback (Marcus Mariota), were expected to be playing for the Pac-12 championship and securing a spot in the first College Football Playoff. This is how the bar has been raised for the program over the years. Two years removed from Chip Kelly as head coach, Oregon remains as dominant…


College Football Playoff Projection: Version 1.3

The last time I updated my playoff projection came on the day the College Football Playoff selection committee released its first batch of rankings. Since then we have watched the committee go to work while raising more questions than it seemed to answer at times. With the final week of the season here, I think I have seen enough to guess how this committee might work, and I finally felt…

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The College Football Playoff starts now

The College Football Playoff will determine college football’s first national champion in the new playoff model in January, but the real playoff begins this weekend; conference championship week. The conference championship games in the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC all have teams looking to secure a spot in the playoff, and there is no team that can afford to suffer a loss this week with the pool of playoff…

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Episode 154 – 2014 Big Ten Championship Game Preview

Note: This podcast was recorded shortly before news of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke being fired was made official. This season was supposed to be playoff or bust for Ohio State. That is how I saw it at least. But before the season could kick off Ohio State lost its Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, Braxton Miller. The two-time Silver Football award winner as the Big Ten’s MVP the past…


Wife Knows Best: Week 14 College Football Picks

Thanksgiving is often associated with college football, and this season is no exception. But forget about that NFL stuff, because TCU is going to keep their Big 12 and playoff hopes alive against the Texas Longhorns Thursday night. It also serves as the first course of this week’s six pack of picks my wife and I are picking in a head-to-head competition. Last week we agreed on Kansas State and…