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From Polls to Playoff, Part 2: The System Breaks

From Polls to Playoff, Part 2: The System Breaks

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.

A look into the crystal ball

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A look into the crystal ball

While predictions are often a shot in the dark, it is still fun to look ahead and try to predict the future. Here is our annual look at how the SEC might shape up in the coming year, with the bestowing of our annual preseason awards.

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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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Do The Ladies Run The Tide? Sure Looks Like It!

Between UA’s girl softball team and Miss University of Alabama, this week has been taken over by the ladies in the Crimson Tide!

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Alabama vs Arkansas: The Trendsetter Rivalry

The team that loses that Alabama-Arkansas game has NEVER won the SEC Western Division championship. Here’s why.

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What to Expect in a Year With Few Contenders

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What to Expect in a Year With Few Contenders

Which teams will win which games and which awards. The games will, eventually, take care of the talk themselves. Is the 2011 season is filled with potential shockers?

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