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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.

2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

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2014 Previews: Vanderbilt Commodores

In addition to losing head coach James Franklin to Penn State, the Commodores lose more production from its 2013 team than does any team in the conference. Only nine starters return, the team is changing both offensive and defensive schemes, and head coach Derek Mason has never run a program before. Vanderbilt still has a good nucleus, thanks to Franklin’s inspired recruiting, but it would surprise no one if the Commodores missed the postseason.

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Jersey’s & Heels: a special edition

The most fashionable diva’s in college football fly to Cali
a big ACC match up in my home land, the Sunshine State
I share who’s at the top of my prayer list, (MUST READ)

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Barron SEC Defensive Player of the Week

The Southeastern Conference named their Players of the Week for games played September 10. Alabama’s Mark Barron, a senior from Mobile, was selected as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Penn State. Barron logged seven total tackles with an interception and fumble recovery in the Tide’s 27-11 win at #23 Penn State.

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Penn State wrap-up: Old ghosts, new monsters appear in Pennsylvania

It was probably the last time Alabama will see Joe Paterno on an opposing sideline; it was fitting that Alabama gave Paterno a send-off worthy of the old-school, smashmouth style of football represented in the two teams’ distinctly not-modern-at-all uniforms.

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Rain Causing Traffic and Parking Changes  For Penn State-Alabama Football Game

Several Parking Lots To Be Closed; Details for Off-Site Parking To Be Announced Thursday

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; September 7, 2011 – Heavy rain this week combined with predictions of continued rainfall into Friday have led to the closure of several grass parking lots near Penn State’s Beaver Stadium for Saturday’s football game against Alabama. Approximately 2,500 vehicles will be redirected to offsite parking lots; free shuttles will be provided to patrons parking in these areas.

Beaver Stadium parking lots that are available will open Saturday at 8 a.m.

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Wednesday Practice Report: Tide preps for Happy Valley noise

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama football team returned outdoors as the Crimson Tide practiced for two hours in full pads, Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields.

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Penn State preview: Old-school football takes center stage in Happy Valley

This is Alabama-Penn State at its historical finest, Joe Paterno against Nick Saban, old-style school vs. old-style school. The Nittany Lions would very much like to make amends for last year’s disappointing performance in Tuscaloosa, a game in which Penn State never really felt competitive.

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Depth Chart for Penn State

The depth chart is taken from individual practice and game observations

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 2

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SEC previews and predictions: Week 2

The Predictions Dept. had a nice first week, stymied only by the Georgia Bulldogs, who somehow managed to find a way to play below expectations yet again.

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