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Beginning in 1936, the Associated Press ranked the nation’s top twenty football teams and awarded a national championship at the end of the regular season. Although bowl games (usually somewhere between five and seven) existed in these early days, the bowls were not taken into account when determining the national champion. There were several reasons the bowls were not included, including maintaining the amateur emphasis of college football, the fact the bowls were exhibitions, and the fact that most schools or conferences attempted to share the wealth by forbidding teams from attending the same bowl game in consecutive years.
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.Continue reading …
One of the pitfalls in scheduling Division I-AA programs is that fans usually don’t know how to gauge those programs’ true strength. In the case of Georgia Southern, the Eagles have received a vote for the AP top 25 this week, and find themselves ranked in the top 100 in the BCS. This is not Georgia State of 2010, a program just getting started; this is a Division-IAA powerhouse that could win a national championship in its division.Continue reading …