Fox Sports broadcaster Tim Brando raised the ire of many in these parts when he suggested in a radio interview that there were certain "privileged" programs (such as Alabama and Ohio State) who often got the benefit of the doubt when it came to rankings. But today I'm going to focus on something else Brando said, that Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson are "almost automatic" to make the College Football Playoff this year. Could that possibly be true? In other words, has the College Football Playoff become too predictable? Let's examine that question, using the top four from preseason AP poll rankings and then the final CFP rankings for the four years of its existence: 2014 preseason (final ranking in parentheses): 1. Florida State (3) 2. Alabama (1) 3. Oregon (2) 4. Oklahoma (not ranked) 2014 playoff (preseason ranking in parentheses): 1. Alabama (2) 2. Oregon (3) 3. Florida State (1) 4. Ohio State (5) --- 2015 preseason (final ranking in parentheses): 1. Ohio State (7) 2. TCU (11) 3. … [Read more...] about AL.com All-Access: Is the College Football Playoff too predictable?
Tim Brando is never shy with his opinions about college football, and the longtime TV host and analyst said Thursday he believes the current postseason structure is not serving the game as well as it should. In an interview on "Sports Drive" on WNSP-105.5 FM in Mobile, Brando -- who now does college football and basketball play-by-play for Fox Sports -- said that three "blue blood" programs are virtually "automatic" to make this year's four-team College Football Playoff. That's not good for the game, he said. "I submit to you right now that Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson are almost automatic for this year," Brando said. "So that leaves only one other spot. It could be another team from the SEC, particularly as weak as these conference schedules or non-conference schedules are in the Southeastern Conference." As he did in an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network last week, Brando cited weak 2018 non-conference schedules for SEC powers Alabama and Georgia. He also … [Read more...] about Tim Brando on Alabama’s privilege, why College Football Playoff should expand, how BCS was better
Dan Wolken USA TODAY Published 6:36 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 Kansas has hired former College Football Playoff committee chairman Jeff Long as its new athletics director. Long, 58, was fired by Arkansas last November as part of a sweeping change in its athletic department to cut ties to its struggling football program. Kansas is hiring Long in hopes of reviving its football program, which could very well include its own coaching change should David Beaty, who has a 3-33 record, struggle again this fall. “Jeff Long has tremendous leadership and administrative experience in major college athletics, and he is a terrific fit for Kansas Athletics as we work to ensure our student-athletes succeed on the field and in the classroom,” said university chancellor Douglas A. Girod in a release on the school's website. “Those who know him describe him as a man of character who cares deeply about higher education and the student-athletes he serves. For all these … [Read more...] about Kansas hires former College Football Playoff chairman Jeff Long as athletics director
By JASON LEVY The great hope in sports is that success breeds success that can sustain over long periods of time. Watertown football won the Class S-I state championship in 1986. But a fallow period followed as the Indians missed out on postseason play for the next three decades. That drought finally ended in 2017 as Watertown finished 8-2 to earn the No. 5 seed in the Class M tournament. Flashback: Watertown in state football playoffs “It was great for the town, great for the kids, and now we have something to work for every year,” coach Luigi Velardi said. “It showed them they can do it and that hard work pays off.” After a 1-10 season in 2014, followed by a 4-6 finish in 2015, the Indians got off to a 1-5 start before winning three of their last four games to close out the 2016 season. “I kind of knew (a tournament berth) was possible in the offseason,” Velardi said. “The season before, we just caught a lot of bad breaks and we were pretty … [Read more...] about Top stories: Watertown makes long-awaited return to state football playoffs
Phil Friend Lansing State Journal Published 4:47 p.m. UTC Jun 20, 2018 How do you view Michigan State's chances of making the College Football Playoff? One of Las Vegas's biggest sportsbooks, the Westgate Resort & Casino, is pretty high on the Spartans, giving them a 7-to-1 shot to be among the Football Bowl Subdivision's final four teams. That 7-to-1 shot ties them for 11th-best odds with Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Texas. Interestingly enough, four other Big Ten teams are ahead of the Spartans: Ohio State (5-to-4), Michigan (3-to-1), Wisconsin (5-to-1) and Penn State (6-to-1). Combining Michigan State's 10-3 record, a dominant bowl game win over Washington State and 18 returning starters, the sky might be the limit. The Spartans' defense speaks for itself, with nine starters back from a team that ranked seventh in total defense and second in rush defense in the FBS. Although QB Brian Lewerke is earning plenty of plaudits in the offseason, the … [Read more...] about Las Vegas sportsbook gives Michigan State 7-to-1 odds to reach College Football Playoff