Week 14 college football picks … the picks of Champions

College Football Playoff logoOne more season ending with five Power Five conference championships deciding four College Football Playoff spots. One conference, possibly two, will be left out in the cold.

I’ve suggested this before, but one solution could be having Power Five conference semifinals, and using those semifinals as part of an expanded College Football Playoffs.

The CFP would be for only the Power Five conference champions and one wild-card team. The champion would be determined from the top two teams in the divisions within the conference (so that means each conference would need to have two divisions).

The other non-semifinal conference teams would be paired for inter-divisional games on a TBD campus on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving or on the Thursday and Friday before championship Saturday.

How would this whole thing work?

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Week 13 college football picks … Stop the madness! Just let Bama win

Alabama fan rageLast week, an Auburn fan was shot by an Alabama fan after an argument over which football team is better this season (the two teams play each other Saturday in the Iron Bowl at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala.).

Let’s go over that again: An Alabama fan shot the fan of another team because he felt compelled to defend his football team’s honor.

An aberration for an Alabama fan? Perhaps. And perhaps not.

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ESPN College GameDay Signs Nov. 18, 2017

College GameDay football signs Stranger ThingsTaking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from Madison, Wis., before Michigan-Wisconsin.

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Week 12 college football picks … stop picking on me!

 

picks college footballOn paper,  this week should be the easiest week to pick college football games. Way too many top teams playing weaker opponents, including Alabama (just a little rat poison there).

The Citadel at Clemson, Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn, Michigan at Wisconsin … it’s pathetic, really.

On with the picks …

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ESPN College GameDay Signs Nov. 11, 2017

ESPN college football GameDay signsTaking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from Miami before the Notre Dame-Miami game.

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Week 11 college football picks … them’s fightin’ words

fan fight college football picks Week 11Early warning to be prepared for some knockdown, dragged-out fights this weekend.

Notre Dame-Miami, Georgia-Auburn, Clemson-Florida State … yeah, those are big games. But I’m talking about the altercations involving fans. If this Saturday is anything like last Saturday, well, now we’re really talking “Bedlam.”

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ESPN GameDay signs for Nov. 4

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Flint water greater than Stillwater?

Taking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from Stillwater. Okla., for the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game.
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Week 10 college football picks … again with the ‘poison,’ Nick?

College football picks Saban poisonSo last week Jim McElwain claims his Florida players and coaches were receiving death threats, which were never substantiated by the university. By Sunday, he was no longer the Gators’ head coach.

This week Alabama coach Nick Saban is once again saying his players are being fed  “poison” by the media. And … nothing! Yeah, that’s right. … He’s still the head coach.

At his weekly press conference on Monday, Saban was clear: “If our players think anything of (the college football playoff poll), then that could be an issue. These are the things we try to categorize as the poison that you really don’t want your players to be focused on.”

I say, “Double standard!” Perhaps Alabama needs to consider a Saban buyout.

But seriously, though, if McElwain beats Georgia on Saturday — instead of being worked, 42-7 — no doubt Florida officials would conveniently excuse the phantom death threats. As the saying goes: Winning cures all ills … including outrageous public claims and doses of “poison.”

On with the picks …

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ESPN College GameDay signs for Oct. 28, 2017

ESPN college gameday signsTaking a look around at ESPN’s College GameDay signs from Columbus, Ohio, Saturday for the Penn State-Ohio State game.
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Week 9 college football picks … this time with an important message

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Another tough week of picking games, but I’m still not going to start thinking about them. It wouldn’t be worth it, despite the advice I received from NBA superstar Michael Jordan.

I’m still not going to think about it, even though I’ve dropped to 77 percent success rate.

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