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 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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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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Week 5 college football picks … is everyone on the field?

Kentucky college football thinkiingSo who wasn’t thinking last week? Have to say Kentucky and Coach Bob Stoops. The Wildcats gave up Florida’s game-winning touchdown with only TEN men on the field.

Gators quarterback Luke Del Rio hit a wide-open Freddie Swain for the 28-27 victory. Wide-open as in nobody was there to cover him.

Doh! That’s not thinking.

But sometimes I think too much. Like Week 4: Zoom to the bottom! Only had 73 percent correct on my picks. When it comes to thinking, I need to don’t stop stopping.

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Week 2 college football picks … ‘Your next move is crucial’

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Jim Harbaugh, sans shirt …. He wasn’t thinking

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh gave quarterback Wilton Speight the ultimatum after a mediocre first half against Florida in Week 1.

Said Harbaugh: “Your next move is crucial, and it can go one or two ways.”

I feel you, Wilton. I didn’t struggle like you did (picked 70 winners out of 82 games; 85 percent) in my Week 1 picks — without even thinking — but I benefited from a lot of one-sided games. Making picks for Week 2 — again, without even thinking — might be tough. My next move is crucial.

But, then again, I’m still not thinking about it, so it should be about the same.

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TV: College football games nobody watched (practically)

The Florida International-Western Kentucky game on Nov. 5 had approximately 2,000 television viewers, according to the data on Sports Media Watch, and it was one of nine games in the 2016 season that had more in attendance than actually watching from home.

Only 2,000?

FIU and Western Kentucky had an attendance of 15,516 (that’s seven times-plus the number of TV viewers). So, rounding up, that’s about 18,000 total people caring enough to watch that game.

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