Who makes the playoff this year? Common sense says that going undefeated in a Power Five conference will Guarantee you a spot. But we have downgraded this, at least here in the preseason, because we never know when a conference will tank. While a human committee will be looking for that goose-egg, there is a… Continue reading Pre-Season Playoff Picture
The Situation Last year the Big 12 threatened to expand to 12 teams (novel, given the conference’s name). But TV execs balked at the possibility of adding more mediocre games on top of the heaping mediocrity of the Big 12’s current, round-robin schedule. In the past, geography played an important role in TV money. Want… Continue reading Next Steps for the Big 12 (Part 2)
This is an exploratory article on the future of the Big 12. The conference’s Grant of Rights holdings on current members expires after 2024. While teams would like to stay, it is yet to be determined whether the financial incentives will exist to keep them together. One solution explored here is a merging with the… Continue reading Next Steps for the Big 12? (Part 1)
Our last article examined whether the new Big 12 championship game was “worth it” from a competitive standpoint. The conclusion was that a championship gives a sizeable boost to an 11-1 non-champion (see TCU in 2014) and a 3% Strength of Schedule boost to other champions. However these boosts are greatly outweighed by the chance… Continue reading Are Title Games Worth It?
This year the Big 12 brings back its football championship game, which has lied dormant since Colorado and Nebraska left the conference in 2011, allowing that dreadful Alabama-LSU rematch. It’s back. But is the Big 12 better for it? The main football argument for bringing back the CG is that it would boost the profile… Continue reading Wherefore The Big 12 Championship Game
Normally I’d leave this type of post for the database, but with schedules yet to come out for many teams it seemed better to offer only a taste of what the preseason poll “likely” will be. Topping our Top 25 is the returning champion, Clemson. Note that these rankings from preseason to postseason are more… Continue reading Way-Too-Early Top 25
Who has the inside track on the playoff? You can ask a number of experts and analysts. One of the more popular computer-based prognosticators, thanks to their affiliation with ESPN, is FiveThirtyEight. And, so, it seemed like a good measuring stick with which to compare the accuracy of this college football blog. Five weeks before… Continue reading Beating FiveThirtyEight