Sunday, December 3, 2017

Analyzing the predictions

Now that we are done with the regular season and the bowls are set, let's see how we (well, just me) did with our predictions for the season.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

2017 Season: Post-November Thoughts and Championship Look-Ahead

It's Championship Week already? With each passing year, it seems we get to this point sooner and sooner!

Week 13 wrap up

All of the championship games have been set.  Only three of them are regular season rematches.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

#CFB - Thanksgiving weekend UVA sucks edition

The first sign of the beginning of the holiday season is Santa Claus rolling through Harold Square.  The second sign is the Hokies beating UVA.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

ACC rooting guide: week 13

Who are Hokies rooting for during the final week to maximize the bowl jackpot?

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

What to watch: Week 13

It's rivalry weekend, so there's a lot on the line here, even if only a handful of games are going to shape the postseason.

Friday, November 24
Baylor at TCU, FS1.  If TCU wins, they clinch a spot in the Big 12 title game.

8 PM
#24 VT at UVA, ESPN.  It's the annual clash for the Commonwealth Cup, which has resided in Blacksburg since Thanksgiving weekend of 2004.

Saturday, November 25
#9 Ohio State at Michigan, FOX.  Nothing on the line here for conference purposes, but how could we leave The Game off the list?  An Ohio State loss would shake up the CFP standings, though.

3:30 PM
#1 Alabama at #6 Auburn, CBS.  The Iron Bowl has the SEC West and the Championship of Life on the line.

Iowa State at Kansas State, ESPN2.  This game only matters if TCU loses on Friday, as Iowa State could clinch a Big 12 title game spot with a win.

3:45 PM
WVU at #4 Oklahoma, ESPN.  Oklahoma has already clinched a spot in the Big 12 title game.  WVU could clinch if they win here, plus Iowa State wins, and TCU loses, and maybe some other stuff.  Not really likely though.  At the very least, WVU could play spoiler for the entire conference in the CFP race.

8 PM
#13 Washington State at #17 Washington, FOX.  The Apple Cup holds the key for the Pac-12 North.  A Washington State win clinches the division for them, while a loss would send Stanford to the conference championship game.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Week 12 wrap up

Only three championship berths left to be clinched.  But quite a bit of bowl eligibility on the line next weekend.

Friday, November 17, 2017

What to Watch: Week 12

Not a lot going on this weekend, between several divisions already being clinched and most of the SEC and some of the ACC playing cupcakes before their big rivals next weekend.

Saturday, November 18
#24 Michigan at #5 Wisconsin, FOX.  Wisconsin has already clinched the Big Ten West, but a loss could seriously hurt their chances at a CFP spot.  Michigan also needs the win to keep in the Big Ten East hunt.  A loss plus an Ohio State win would end the race.

Texas at West Virginia, ESPN.  A loss for either team may not eliminate them from Big 12 contention, but it would be a severe setback.

Mercer at #1 Alabama, SECN.  The next round of the Championship of Life.

3:30 PM
Illinois at #9 Ohio State, ABC.  An Ohio State win plus a Michigan loss would clinch the Big Ten East.  At the very least, any of the remaining contenders would be knocked out with a loss of their own if Ohio State wins here.

#4 Oklahoma at Kansas, ESPN.  Oklahoma clinches a berth in the Big 12 championship game with a win here.

4 PM
Maryland at #17 Michigan State, FOX.  A loss and Ohio State win would eliminate Michigan State.

Nebraska at #10 Penn State, FS1.  A loss and Ohio State win would eliminate Penn State.

8 PM
Cal at #22 Stanford, FOX.  A loss would eliminate Stanford from the Pac-12 North race, but a win would eliminate Washington.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ACC rooting guide

As we approach the final two weeks of the regular season, and the conference title games are set, we also have to root for bowl positioning.

This rooting guide is set up for a VT fan's perspective.

Chaos Theory: Week 12

Georgia fell from the ranks of the unbeaten.  We are down to four.  Of course, we are at the point of the season where losses by any of these teams will not create chaos, but make the picture clearer.

Mercer over Alabama
UVA over Miami
Michigan over Wisconsin
Temple over UCF

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Projecting the New Year's Six: Week 12

Chaos may have reigned on the field, but it helped stabilize the rankings a bit.  This week, I only need to generate one scenario (albeit with an either/or option).

Monday, November 13, 2017

Breaking down the New Year's Six Bowls

Now that we've been through a full cycle of CFP games, I thought it would be worth taking a look at how the selection for the New Year's Six bowls played out, with a focus on any teams in the top 12 that got left out due to other contractual obligations.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Week 11 wrap up

We already have half of the Power 5 championship berths clinched, with a few more set up in winner-take-all games.  But chaos rules in the Playoff hunt.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Chaos Theory: Week 11

All of the unbeatens chugged along last week.  Still have five.

Auburn over Georgia
Mississippi State over Alabama
Notre Dame over Miami
Iowa over Wisconsin
UConn over UCF

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

What to watch: Week 11

Friday, November 10
10:30 PM

#9 Washington at Stanford, FS1.  A loss for Stanford would seriously cripple their chance as winning the Pac-12 North, if not just outright crushing it.  Both teams need the win to keep pace with Washington State.

Saturday, November 11
#12 Michigan State at #13 Ohio State, FOX.  The battle for the lead in the Big Ten East.

Rutgers at #14 Penn State, BTN.  Rutgers is playing an elimination game, while Penn State is trying to stay on the heels of Michigan State and Ohio State.

#15 Oklahoma State at #21 Iowa State, ABC/ESPN2.  Both teams need a win to stay in the race for the Big 12.  A loss doesn't necessary eliminate them, but it would be a major setback.

#23 NC State at Boston College, ABC/ESPN2.  If NC State loses, Clemson clinches the ACC Atlantic.

3:30 PM
#20 Iowa at #8 Wisconsin, ABC.  Wisconsin can seal the Big Ten West with a win here and a Northwestern loss.  Meanwhile, Iowa needs a win to keep their slim hopes alive.

#1 Georgia at #10 Auburn, CBS.  Even though it's a cross divisional matchup, and Georgia has already clinched the SEC East, an Auburn win would set up the Iron Bowl as a winner-take-all.  If Auburn loses while Alabama wins (against Mississippi State), then it's all over.

Florida State at #4 Clemson, ESPN.  A Clemson win would seal the ACC Atlantic if NC State wins earlier.  Plus, FSU is still fighting for bowl eligibility, which is why they finally rescheduled the game originally cancelled in week 2 due to the hurricane.

UVA at Louisville, ESPNU.  A UVA loss would give Miami the ACC Coastal.

4 PM
#11 USC at Colorado, FOX.  USC clinches the Pac-12 South with a win.

7 PM

#2 Alabama at #16 Mississippi State, ESPN.  An Alabama win, along with an Auburn loss earlier in the day would give the SEC West to the Tide.  Also, it's the latest round in the Championship of Life.

8 PM
#3 Notre Dame at #7 Miami, ABC.  A non-conference game that has huge CFP and NY6 implications.

#6 TCU at #5 Oklahoma, FOX.  Currently the battle for the top spot in the Big 12.  These two primetime games will have the biggest effect on the next set of rankings.

Projecting the New Year's Six: Week 11

The weekly rankings from the CFP committee are an interesting beast.  Because they only take into account the body of work up to that point in the season, there are often teams near each other that will be facing each other before season's end.  Turnover is expected at the top.

Anyway, I have come up with two scenarios for New Year's Six Bowl projections based on the current rankings.

Scenario #1 - If we just take the rankings at face value, and don't account for future match-ups, and assume the highest ranked team from a conference will be champion.

Sugar Bowl:  #1 Georgia vs. #4 Clemson
Rose Bowl:  #2 Alabama vs. #3 Notre Dame

The champs of the Big 12 (#5 Oklahoma), Pac-12 (#9 Washington), and Big Ten (#8 Wisconsin) champs would all be displaced from their spots, and would have to find spots in the at-large bowls.  The Orange Bowl would be taking the next available ACC team to replace Clemson.  With the Group of 5 team (#18 UCF) taking a Peach Bowl spot, there are only 2 at-large spots left, which would go to the two highest ranked teams left (#6 TCU and #11 USC).

Orange Bowl:  #7 Miami vs. #10 Auburn
Peach Bowl:  #6 TCU vs. #18 UCF
Fiesta Bowl:  #8 Wisconsin vs. #9 Washington
Cotton Bowl:  #5 Oklahoma vs. #11 USC

Obviously, the last three are mostly interchangeable.  I am intrigue by the fact that the traditional Rose Bowl match-up could get recreated in another bowl, and I think the Fiesta Bowl is the proper location for that.  Oklahoma and TCU are interchangeable, as either one would be close to the Cotton Bowl, as well as being a nice highly ranked balance to #18 UCF.

Scenario #2 - Take future match-ups into account and do some in-season projections.

First, it's highly likely that #1 Georgia and #2 Alabama will be facing off in the SEC championship game.  If the rest of the top 10 can keep their records close, it's likely that the loser will fall out of the top 4.  Meanwhile, #5 Oklahoma and #6 TCU play each other this weekend, so one of them is definitely dropping before season's end.  I will be assuming that the higher ranked team will win, however, in these scenarios, those teams are easily interchangeable.

Sugar Bowl:  #1 Georgia vs. #5 Oklahoma
Rose Bowl:  #3 Notre Dame vs. #4 Clemson

The Sugar Bowl would be the exact matchup that it should be (SEC champ vs. Big 12 champ), so no team would be displaced, but the Rose Bowl would still displace both the Pac-12 and Big Ten champs.  I would assume that Alabama would stay ranked high enough to be the top of the list for the Orange Bowl pool.  Obviously, TCU would fall in the rankings, but based on their record, they could easily be in the #10-12 range, around teams like Michigan State.

Orange Bowl:  #7 Miami vs. #2 Alabama
Peach Bowl:  #10 Auburn vs. #18 UCF
Fiesta Bowl:  #8 Wisconsin vs. #9 Washington
Cotton Bowl:  #6 TCU or #12 Michigan State vs. #11 USC

Again, we recreate the Rose Bowl match-up in the Fiesta Bowl.  Auburn is not a bad geographical fit for the Peach or Cotton Bowl, but the other available teams are all better fits for the Cotton Bowl.

Either way, it's still looking like the only way to lock into a New Year's Six Bowl is to be in the top 11.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Week 10 wrap up

A big weekend clarifies a lot of conference races.  We already have one division clinched, and a few more set up to be clinched next weekend.

Friday, November 3, 2017

November predictions

Where has the football season gone?  We're already down to the final month.  Yet again, it's time to adjust the predictions, and this time, we have the added benefit of the first CFP rankings, as well as knowing some teams that are definitely out of the race.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017 Season: Post-October Thoughts

As a handful of November American and MACtion games go on tonight, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the 2017 season through the end of October.

What to Watch: Week 10

We're bringing back this segment of the blog, now that we've got some elimination games going on.  Instead of necessarily pointing out the biggest or most intriguing games, we'll be pointing out the games that will shape the conference races the most.

Saturday, November 4

#7 Penn State at #24 Michigan State, FOX.  The battle for second place behind Ohio State.

Baylor at Kansas.  The loser will be officially eliminated from Big 12 contention.

Florida at Missouri, ESPN2.  Missouri is already out but needs to start winning if they want to go bowling.  Florida will be playing the first game under an interim coach, and immediately plays an elimination game.

3 PM
Georgia Tech at UVA, RSN.  This game is a small, but important key to the Coastal race.  UVA is also fighting for bowl eligibility, which has been just outside of their reach for the last two weeks.

3:30 PM
#4 Clemson at #20 NC State, ABC.  The first of two de facto ACC semi-finals this week.  The remaining contenders in the Atlantic will be rooting for NC State.

South Carolina at #1 Georgia, CBS.  An elimination game for most of the SEC East.  Georgia can clinch the division with a win here and a loss by Kentucky.

#6 Ohio State at Iowa, ESPN.  An OSU win could eliminate the teams at the bottom of both Big Ten divisions.

#15 Iowa State at West Virginia, ESPN2.  Iowa State has a history of not being very good, but still managing to ruin the season of one Big 12 team.  This year, they've already done that twice, and if they keep it up, they're going to singlehandedly keep the Big 12 out of the Playoff.  Meanwhile, WVU has been jumping that line of ranked vs. unranked.  I have a feeling they'll end the season about where they started, ranked in the 20s.

Maryland at Rutgers, BTN.  The loser of this game is eliminated if Ohio State wins.

#21 Stanford at #25 Washington State, FOX.  This game has implications for the top and bottom to the Pac-12 North.

4 PM
#5 Oklahoma at #11 Oklahoma State, FS1.  This game was moved from its traditional post-Thanksgiving spot because the Big 12 is afraid that it will end up being a championship game rematch.  In the somewhat confusing Big 12 conference race, this game is a big key that will cause separation.

8 PM
#13 Virginia Tech at #10 Miami, ABC.  The other de facto ACC semi-final.  It's also an elimination game for VT.  The remaining contenders in the Coastal are also rooting for VT to win to keep their chances alive.  If Miami and GT both win, then Miami clinches the Coastal.

#19 LSU at #2 Alabama, CBS.  The Championship of Life is once again up for grabs.  An Alabama loss would keep the rest of the SEC West alive, as well as keeping the season fun.

10:45 PM
Arizona at USC, ESPN.  It's a battle for the two teams that still control their destiny in the Pac-12 South.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chaos Theory: Week 10

Okay, so we had a few shakeups last week.  USF, TCU, and Penn State lost, dropping us down to 5 undefeated teams, who are all playing this week.

LSU over Alabama
South Carolina over Georgia
Virginia Tech over Miami
Indiana over Wisconsin
SMU over UCF

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chaos Theory Week 9

No undefeated team lost in week 8, so we're still sitting at 8.  With Alabama on a bye this week, we're keeping at least one.

Florida over Georgia
UNC over Miami
Iowa State over TCU
Illinois over Wisconsin
Ohio State over Penn State
Austin Peay State University over UCF
Houston over USF

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Week 8 wrap up

When the NCAA refuses to punish a school for cheating, it's left to the teams on the field.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chaos Theory week 8

Well, week 7 certainly helped things here.  We went from 9 undefeated Power 5 teams down to 6 (Bye to Clemson, Washington, and Washington State).  Let's go ahead and add in the Group of 5 teams (which is only two from the American).

Syracuse over Miami
Kansas over TCU
Maryland over Wisconsin
Tennessee over Alabama
Michigan over Penn State
Tulane over South Florida
Navy over UCF

Georgia is on a bye.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 7 wrap up

And all of the Hokies say thank goodness for the bye week.  I mean, I take the day off to go to a concert and come back to find all sorts of upside down scores.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Chaos Theory: Week 7

I'm a little late getting around to Chaos Theory, and Clemson falls in the Carrier Dome.  Oops.

Last week, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Utah fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, and dropped us down to 9.

Going into Saturday, we're down to 8.

Who are we rooting for to provide chaos?

Syracuse over Clemson (DONE)
Georgia Tech over Miami
Kansas State over TCU
Purdue over Wisconsin
Arizona State over Washington
Cal over Washington State
Missouri over Georgia
Arkansas over Alabama

Penn State is on a bye.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Updated 2017 predictions

With the first month of the season in the books, it's time to update the preseason predictions.  While the conference races are wide open, we have at least seen how these teams are performing.  And, we can also account for early season changes.

Chaos Theory: Week 6

I couldn't bring myself to do Chaos Theory while VT was still undefeated.   At the end of five weeks, there are only 12 undefeated Power 5 teams.  Who are we rooting for to provide chaos?

Wake Forest over Clemson
Florida State over Miami
Iowa State over Oklahoma
WVU over TCU
Northwestern over Penn State
Michigan State over Michigan
Nebraska over Wisconsin
Cal over Washington
Oregon over Washington State
Stanford over Utah
Vanderbilt over Georgia
Texas A&M over Alabama

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 5 wrap up

The wrap up is a bit late as I needed to recover from the full day GameDay experience.

Since some teams are already in a deep hole, we've already started the "Just start winning" category.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

2017 Season: Post-September Thoughts

With the first month of college football being 5 weeks (plus a few Week 0 games), I've had a little extra time to shape some initial opinions on the season thus far.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Week 4 wrap up


Oh yeah, and we have some conference games to talk about...

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Week 3 wrap up

Things are heating up, with more conference action happening, to allow for cross-conference rivals in November (and the FCS cupcake that comes with some of them).

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Week 2 wrap up

Ah, the September doldrums, where only the desire for valuable TV content (and needing to account for late-season schedule spots for Notre Dame) brings out any of the conference games.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

TV guide to college football

In this day and age, just about every college football game is televised in some capacity, especially now that online streaming is a widely available option.  Yet, in the midst of all of the different channels, apps, websites, licenses, sublicenses, and brandings, some folks still have some issues figuring out exactly where they can find the game they want to watch.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Week 1 wrap up

Amazingly, in a weekend full of big games, there was only one Power 5 conference game.  Ohio State put the beat down on Indiana after a sluggish start.

Controls destiny:
Ohio State (1-0) has a tiebreaker over Indiana.

Needs help:
Indiana (0-1) needs 2 Ohio State losses.

Week 2 will see 3 conferences games, with the ACC, SEC, and Pac-12 joining the action.

Monday, September 4, 2017

#CFB - 9/4/17

Had a little ol' rivalry game up near ol' DC.

Friday, September 1, 2017

#CFB - 9/1/17

Welcome to September, and the season has officially begun with plenty of shade and trash talk!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

What to Watch: Week 1

Thursday, August 31
8 PM
#2 Ohio State at Indiana, ESPN, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN3.  Megacast in week 1.

Friday, September 1
8 PM
#8 Washington at Rutgers, FS1.

9 PM
Utah State at #9 Wisconsin, ESPN.

Saturday, September 2
Akron at #6 Penn State, ABC.

Kent State at #5 Clemson, ESPN.

Maryland at #23 Texas, FS1.

12:20 PM
Cal at UNC, ACC Network.

3 PM
NC State vs. South Carolina, ESPN.  The Belk Kickoff game is Charlotte, NC.  The Championship of Life is up for grabs.

3:30 PM
UTEP at #7 Oklahoma, FOX.

#11 Michigan vs. #17 Florida, ABC.  The Cowboys Kickoff Classic.  One of three ranked vs. ranked matchups this weekend

Temple at Notre Dame, NBC.

6:15 PM
App State at #15 Georgia, ESPN.

7:30 PM
#16 Louisville vs. Purdue, FOX.  From the Colts stadium in Indy.

8 PM
#3 FSU vs. #1 Alabama, ABC.  The first Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, from the new stadium in Atlanta, which will also be host to the national championship game.  The second of three ranked vs. ranked matchups.

9:30 PM
BYU vs. #13 LSU, ESPN.  From Houston New Orleans.

Sunday, September 3
7:30 PM
#22 WVU vs. #21 Virginia Tech, ABC.  From the Redskins stadium.  The third and final ranked vs. ranked matchup.

Texas A&M at UCLA, FOX.

Monday, September 4
8 PM

#25 Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech, ESPN.  The second Chick-fil-a Kickoff game, from Atlanta.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Championship of Life

On November 21, 2016, as Tennessee was already out of contention for the national and SEC championships, Butch Jones referred to his team as "Champions of Life".  Of course, he didn't wait until the season was over, having made this claim prior to the regular season finale against Vanderbilt.

Naturally, Vanderbilt won that game, and became the new "Champions of Life".  We're here to track the "Champions of Life" as they defend that title game by game.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

What to Watch: Week 0

A new rule has basically added another week to the football season.   As you probably know, any team that travels to Hawaii gets a 13th game, an extra home game to offset the expense.  Now, they can play that game the weekend before Labor Day.  Add that to the new Australian kick off game, and we have Week Zero.

Saturday, August 26
2:30 PM
Oregon State at Colorado State, CBS Sports Network.

3 PM
Portland State at BYU, ESPN.

6 PM

Hawaii at Massachusettes, 11 Sports.  I literally just found this channel on my guide.  It's 597 on Verizon Fios.

7:30 PM
USF at San Jose State, CBS Sports Network.

10 PM
Stanford vs. Rice, ESPN.  This is the Australian kick off game.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Tony's 2017 Predictions

Well, the preseason AP Poll was just released today - and we are just 5 days from the beginning of "Week Zero" (10 days from the start of the season proper). With the season now upon us, it's time for me to make my predictions for the 2017 season.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Power 5 Non-Conference Games

Let's keep a scorecard of how the Power 5 conferences do against each other this year.

UPDATED on September 19.  All conference match-ups are complete outside of the ACC/SEC Challenge.

The ACC/SEC Challenge (9 games)

September 2
NC State vs. South Carolina
Florida State vs. Alabama

September 4
Tennessee vs. Georgia Tech

September 9
Auburn at Clemson

September 23
Syracuse at LSU

November 25
Florida State at Florida
Georgia at Georgia Tech
Louisville at Kentucky
Clemson at South Carolina

SEC leads, 3-1

ACC vs. Big Ten (4 games)

September 2
Louisville vs. Purdue

September 9
Northwestern at Duke
Pitt at Penn State
Indiana at UVA

Tie, 2-2.

ACC vs. Big 12 (3 games)

September 3
West Virginia vs. Virginia Tech

September 16
Baylor at Duke
Oklahoma State at Pitt

ACC wins, 2-1.

ACC vs. Pac-12 (1 game)

September 2
Cal at UNC

Pac-12 wins, 1-0

SEC vs. Pac-12 (2 games)

September 3
Texas A&M at UCLA

September 16
Ole Miss at Cal

Pac-12 wins, 2-0.

SEC vs. Big Ten (2 games)

September 2
Michigan vs. Florida

September 16
Purdue at Missouri

Big Ten wins, 2-0.

SEC vs. Big 12 (2 games)

September 9
TCU at Arkansas

September 16
Kansas State at Vanderbilt

Tie, 1-1.

Big Ten vs. Pac-12 (3 games)

September 1
Washington at Rutgers

September 9
Nebraska at Oregon
Minnesota at Oregon State

Pac-12 wins, 2-1.

Big Ten vs. Big 12 (3 games)

September 2
Maryland at Texas

September 9
Iowa at Iowa State
Oklahoma at Ohio State

Big Ten wins, 2-1.

Big 12 vs Pac-12 (2 games)

September 16
Texas at USC
Arizona State at Texas Tech

Tie, 1-1.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

2017 Predictions

These predictions are purely from a fan perspective and really don't have a lot of information behind them.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Saturday, August 5, 2017

2017 Season Look-Ahead

Hello, once again. With the preseason Coaches Poll just released, and the AP due in about 2 weeks, I thought I'd start looking ahead to the 2017 season.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

2007: The Bizarro Season

When someone uses the argument that "every game matters" in college football, no season is a better example of that than 2007.  That year, from the very first week, no team was safe, especially if they were ranked #2.  It was an exciting - and ever changing - road to the national title, with new twists and turns every week.

Still, ten years later, I'm not even sure if everyone is aware of just how crazy that season was.  SB Nation calls it the best college football season ever.  It certainly is a standard that I have measured every season since against.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

#CFB - 6/28/17

Since it's the offseason, I let some tweets build up before making this post.  A little bit of everything in this round up.

Monday, June 19, 2017

#CFB - 6/19/17

Today's Twitter round up includes some broadcasting news, the beginning of the next NCAA controversy, and some ACC analysis.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

#CFB - 6/17/17

Not a lot trickling out of Twitter today, but I managed to find a few good pieces.

Friday, June 16, 2017

#CFB - 6/16/17

New feature, still working out the title to see which version I like.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

#CFB - 6/15/17

I'm starting a new feature at the blog, where I post tweets that catch my eye in relation to college football.  I imagine this will be a bigger feature the closer we get to the actual season.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

National Title-Winning Coaches Update

First off, I commend Bob Stoops for identifying when the time was right for him to leave and congratulate him on an outstanding career with Oklahoma. He’s taken a few “character chances” in the last 3-4 years, but he’s generally been one of the good guys in the sport. Best of wishes moving forward, Big Game Bob!

That being said, we are down to 4 active coaches who have won a national title. Back in January, I promised I would break down the head-to-head history. With Bob’s retirement, my job just got a little easier 😊.

An analysis of Mark Richt's tenure at Georgia

To the casual college football observer, Mark Richt is a respectable head coach.  He coached the Georgia Bulldogs for 15 years, and only had one losing season (a 6-7 mark caused by a bowl loss).  Nine of those seasons had 10 or more wins.

But one thing Richt always gets dinged for in a coaching discussion is his inability to get Georgia to the national title, and even the inability to win the SEC championship, even though Georgia was in the perceived weaker SEC East.

I thought I would take a look at Richt's tenure at Georgia just to see if any of those message board claims have any merit.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: Win the Battle, Lose the War

As I wrap up this set of Butterfly Effect games for this off-season, I'm going to do something different. Here is a look at a few different games that gave a program a short-term boost, but may have hindered things in the long term.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: 2011 Oklahoma State at Iowa State

Continuing on in our look at how certain games may have shaped college football history, we come to what is perhaps the game that gave us the College Football Playoff.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Butterfly Effect Games: 2017 Edition, Part 1

A few years ago, I looked at three games and speculated what might have been had they gone the other way. Now, with a few more years of hindsight, I figured I’d take a crack at a few more. 

First up: the 2008 South Carolina at Clemson game.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

ACC-SEC Challenge 2016 outcome

I can't believe I forgot about this business from the season until now.  We entered the season with 9 ACC vs. SEC games scheduled.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 3

Hopefully you've enjoyed the first two parts, where we explored what the smaller championship game scenarios might have looked like under past systems. The "alternate universe" trilogy ends right here, with a look at what might have been under a bigger playoff.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 2

Continuing on in our "alternate championship" series, we find ourselves at the predecessor to the CFP - the Bowl Championship Series!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Trip to the College Football Multiverse - Part 1

When looking back at college football, one of the funnest - and most time-consuming - things to do is wonder "what if". Well, let's take one more look at the season that passed and see just how it might have gone down in an alternate universe.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 2017

2016 Season in Review

As a college football fan, this is always the toughest part of the year. There are 229 days between the CFP Championship Game and the beginning of the 2017 season (counting the "Week 0" slate). If there's any silver lining, however, at least this is the time for the blogs to have some fun!