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From Polls to Playoff: A brief history of the evolution of how college football determines the national champion

From Polls to Playoff: A brief history of the evolution of how college football determines the national champion

2014 will see the first-ever formal playoff at the highest level of college football. Playoffs have been held for years among the lower divisions, but this will be the first time that the FBS (formerly Division I-A) presents a round of semi-final playoffs followed by a recognized championship game. Unlike other sports that have had playoffs almost from day one, college football has maintained a poll system, followed by a bowl system, and then a series of computer/human selections to determine the two most worthy adversaries in their post-season.

SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

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SEC Previews and Predictions: Week 4

The Predictions Dept. started to shake off the rust in Week 3, missing only the Ole Miss-Texas game. While national pundits on ESPN ponder the future of Texas head coach Mack Brown, TideFans.com turns its attention back to the SEC. This week, while Alabama gets a breather of sorts, SEC fans will largely get a breather as well, as the top games are Auburn-LSU and Tennessee-Florida, simply due to the history of the two series.

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BCS wrap-up: Alabama, not Notre Dame, wakes up the echoes of past domination

At some point in the next few weeks, after the confetti has been cleared from Sun Life Stadium and the mainstream media’s focus finally diverts from its much-preferred Notre Dame, the question will be asked whether this is the greatest era in Alabama football history.

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BCS recap: Alabama’s win leaves no doubt about what a champion is

For a month, Alabama waited silently. The players and coaches waited while media members cried about an injustice done to Oklahoma State or Stanford, or that defense-driven football games were boring, or that the SEC wasn’t what football really was due to its NFL-like commitment to defense over sandlot offense. For a month, basically, Alabama had to endure a bunch of crybabies bawling because their milk wasn’t sweet enough.

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If the BCS is really 1-vs.-2, the choice is easy

Alabama’s sin was losing at home in a game that went to overtime. Like Oklahoma State, a missed field goal put the game there. Unlike Oklahoma State, Alabama didn’t go on to lose to a 6-6 team in said overtime.

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Auburn wrap-up: Alabama may have punched its BCS ticket by punching out Tigers

Alabama made Auburn look like the Auburn most Alabama fans were expecting to see after the Tigers hired a 5-19 Gene Chizik away from Iowa State prior to the 2009 season. After an up-and-down first season, Auburn rode Cam Newton and Nick Fairley to a national championship in 2010. Then, the 2011 season came about. After seeing Gus Malzahn’s offense for two years (three if you count his aborted tenure at Arkansas under Houston Nutt many moons ago), SEC defensive coordinators caught up. Without Fairley around to flip field position or (especially) Newton around to make the Tigers’ offensive engine purr, Auburn spent 2011 getting blown out by the four best teams it faced – LSU, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama.

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GSU wrap-up: Tide happy to get out of new ‘wishbone era’ alive

There was nothing fun about this game, unless you’re the type that finds wonderment in carnival sideshows featuring bald guys who attach chains to various body piercings and suspend themselves from the ceiling. While Alabama was never really threatened by the Eagles, Alabama was also never comfortable. Were it not for a late touchdown, the margin of victory in this game would have threatened to shuffle Alabama’s standing in BCS rankings, were it not for Oregon and Oklahoma flubbing up against Southern Cal and Baylor, respectively.

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SEC bowl picture as muddy as ever

With just two weeks to go in the regular season – plus an SEC Championship Game that most doubt will be all that competitive – the 2011 SEC bowl picture is about as clear as chocolate buttermilk. Here’s an updated look at the SEC’s bowl possibilities, as of this week.

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MSU wrap-up: Alabama gets back to basics with win over Bulldogs

Rock band The Afters counts among its songs one titled “Never Going Back To OK.” Alabama did just that against Mississippi State and it was just what the doctor ordered. Aside from the running back tandem of Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy, Alabama was mostly just OK. But Alabama’s OK is better than the best 10 other SEC teams have to offer.

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