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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.

As kickoff nears, we’re still looking for a few things

For a college football fan, each week can bring with it incredible excitement, or anxiety. But there are two weeks more important than the rest – the last, and the first. The last week determines the national champion, which is what all 120-some-odd schools are (or at least, should be) gunning for. The first week is when everyone can finally put away the distractions of the off season, which are typically replete with arrests, suspensions and rumors, and start actually focusing on the games themselves.With kickoff just a day away, let’s get a final list together of the things we’re looking forward to seeing, or at least seeing the last of, as the off season winds down.

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TideFans.com/NARCAS SEC predictions and national top 25

Picks for the SEC and the top 25 nationally.

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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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Notre Dame Report Card, Championship Edition (from UHND.com)

By now the whole world knows that Notre Dame and Alabama will square off in the BCS National Title Game in South Florida on January 7th. If you have paid attention to any of the media outlets and Vegas, then you also know that the Irish are almost a 7 point underdog. While this is nothing new to the Irish team and their fans, we wanted to take a deeper look at the Irish and see what we are missing that has caused them to be depicted in the role of “David” and why most of the “experts” have decided that Alabama has all but already sealed their 3rd national title in four years. We will focus on the players who might have the biggest impact in the game for the Irish.

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