Eight team playoff? It ain’t gonna happen anytime soon

2:28 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Just a few thoughts as we close the book on the 2014 regular season:

1) The eight-team playoff isn’t going to happen anytime soon: Now that the first four-team playoff is set, some fans and some media are now clamoring for eight. If we just had eight, they argue, we wouldn’t have the hurt feelings at places like TCU and Baylor. Here’s the reality: The fact that we had the Ohio

Outside the CFP, Peach has the best bowl matchup

1:34 pm Dec. 9, 2014

If there is no national championship hanging in the balance, I’ve always believed you need two things for a quality bowl game: Good teams and good storylines.

In that vein, here are my top five bowl games “outside” of the four-team playoff:

1) Peach: No. 6 TCU (11-1) vs. No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3), Dec. 31. Ole Miss has the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense (13.8 ppg) and TCU has the nation’s

The selection committee did some thing wrong, but they got it right

5:34 pm Dec. 7, 2014

Five things we learned on the last weekend of the regular season:

1) The selection committee did some things wrong but ultimately got it right: The journey looked a little strange and disjointed at times but in the end the semifinal matchups of No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State (Sugar) and No. 2 Oregon and No. 3 Florida State (Rose) were the right ones to make. In retrospect the

Two reasons Missouri can win; Five reasons Georgia Tech can win

9:32 am Dec. 5, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions for Championship Saturday:

1) Does No. 16 Missouri (10-2) “really” have a chance to beat No. 1 Alabama (11-1) in the SEC Championship game? The Tigers have won five division titles (3 Big 12, 2 SEC) and played in three championship games since 2007  but haven’t won a conference title of any kind since 1969. But two things give them a shot at the Georgia Dome:

Alabama is

Selection committee stunner: TCU at No. 3 and FSU at No. 4

8:05 pm Dec. 2, 2014

The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings were released Tuesday night and the selection committee made some stunning decisions that have set the table for a wild final weekend of the regular season.

The biggest surprise was undefeated Florida State (12-0) dropping from No. 3 to No. 4 after yet another close call, this one coming against Florida (24-19). TCU (10-1) jumped from No. 5 to No. 3 after 48-10 win over

Missouri can beat Alabama in the SEC Championship game

4:03 pm Nov. 30, 2014

Five things we learned as we head to Championship Weekend:

1) Missouri can beat Alabama: Let me say up front that I’m picking No. 1 Alabama (11-1) to beat Missouri (10-2) in the SEC Championship game on Saturday (4 p.m, CBS) at the Georgia Dome. But if you think it’s going to be a walk in the park for the Crimson Tide, then you haven’t been paying attention to the Tigers.

Can Georgia now focus on Georgia Tech? If not, Bulldogs get beat

6:19 pm Nov. 28, 2014

Our Five Burning Questions about the SEC as November draws to a close:

1)  Georgia learned Friday that it is not going to the SEC championship game. Will there be a letdown or a lack of focus against Georgia Tech?  Let’s put it this way: If Georgia (9-2) lacks focus against Georgia Tech (9-2) the Bulldogs are going to get beat. Remember that the Georgia defense that played so well against

New CFP rankings are set up for a very intense finish

7:53 pm Nov. 25, 2014

With only one team in the CFP Top 10 losing last week (Ole Miss), no changes at the top were expected when the new rankings were released Tuesday night.

There weren’t. The top seven from a week ago stayed the same. But this much is clear: The final two weeks of the regular season are going to be intense.

Here is a look at the new CFP Top 10 and what it

Friday is going to be a big, big day

2:35 pm Nov. 23, 2014

What we learned on the Saturday before Thanksgiving:

1) Friday is going to be a significant day: Games on the Friday after Thanksgiving traditionally bring good ratings and that will certainly be the case this Friday as the winners of both the SEC East and the Pac-12 South will be decided.

At 2:30 p.m. on CBS, Missouri (9-2, 6-1 SEC) hosts Arkansas (6-5, 2-5), one of the hottest teams in the country.

Can Mizzou win 10th straight on road? Georgia sure hopes not

3:23 pm Nov. 20, 2014

The SEC schedule looks a little thin with only three conference games and five non-conference games that probably won’t be competitive. Still, some big things could happen:

1) Can Missouri win its 10th consecutive game on the road? Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC) needed 589 total yards and a goal line stand on its 1-yard line to beat Texas A&M 34-27 at College Station. If the Tigers win at Tennessee (5-5, 2-4)