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If UCF is national champion,
then I’m a Hollywood stud

Tampa Bay Times, by John Romano

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Posted By:Hazymac, 1/21/2018 9:19:42 PM

Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said people were entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts. Clearly, Moynihan never dealt with Florida legislators. Because around Tallahassee, facts are fungible. They aren’t just up for debate, they’re up for purchase. You can find legislative priorities that are written like an online dating profile. Some fudging here, some exaggeration there. If the data doesn’t fit your political objective, just commission a study to twist the narrative in your favor and .?.?. Voila! The truth is now negotiable. We’ve become so accustomed to it, we’ll happily pay for fictitious nuclear power plants and have impassioned

UCF needs to be in a major conference if they want to be a competitor for #1. They had a perfect season, but their schedule wasn´t as strong as some other teams´.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: horacer, 1/21/2018 10:03:36 PM     (No. 11518173)

Good lord stop it. In 1975 Arizona State went undefeated and beat 10-1 Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl. Nebraska was #1 until they lost their final game to Oklahoma, the eventual national champion. We finished #2 in the polls and still debate to this day whether we deserved to be considered the national champion. We never put it on a license plate or took it up in the legislature. It´s for the fans. Before the CFP, the BCS bs all we had were the Bowl games and the AP and UPI polls. Fans argued all off season about who was #1. It was great fun. It made college football special.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: snakeoil, 1/22/2018 12:31:01 AM     (No. 11518263)

You could make a case that Ohio State was the best team. But they lost 2 games and badly. There isn´t any way of making everyone agree. The playoff is more logical than the popularity contest that used to be used. Texas A&M spent $ 75 million to lure Jimbo Fisher from Florida State. I´d be livid if my alma mater spent that kind of money. I spend lots of time watching football but it´s just jocks running into each other. Nothing to get that worked up about.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: miceal, 1/22/2018 4:59:18 AM     (No. 11518315)

Roll Tide Roll.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: jimjr, 1/22/2018 9:50:55 AM     (No. 11518508)

Everyone complained during the AP/UPI days, for good reason. Next every complained about the BCS, because it "relied on polls and computer rankings" (and it wound with an SEC west rematch, Alabama vs LSU). Now we have the "Playoffs", the 4 teams are selected by just 14 people, using whatever criteria they want. Is this really better? And it is true, non-"Power 5" conferences are basically excluded from playoff contention.

A better solution would an 8 team playoff. the teams would be the "Power 5" conference champions, the best "Group of 5" champion (last year, UCF) and 2 At-large (probably the highest ranked teams not already in).

The playoff committee´s duties would be to confirm the 2 at large teams and to set the seeding. The first round games would be played in the higher seed´s home stadium.

I can´t claim original authorship of this, but it is the best I´ve heard.

What I like most is it is "Win to get In". It puts the emphasis where it should be, on the field.

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