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Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 1:18pm

It could’ve been worse. It could’ve been the BCS.


The inaugural four-team college football playoff is set, and it has all the teams from Big conferences that don’t know how to count arguing about the fuzzy math that brought us to this point.


Turns out Ohio State of the 14-team Big Ten crashed

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 5:59pm

Here’s a Cliff Notes version of a CFP conundrum that I expanded on in my Friday column.


The latest edition of the selection committee’s playoff ranking that set the table for this week’s championship action was the most cringe-inducing of the ongoing series since mid-October.



By Scott Michaux
Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:55am

It would have been called Black Saturday - the darkest day in SEC history.


The world's most dominant football conference was already 0-4 against the ACC (granted, it was four downtrodden SEC East teams against the four best teams in the ACC, but still), Mississippi State had flamed out of the

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 11:18am

The SEC East is a curious beast to say the least – setting itself up for another championship fall.


For perhaps the fourth consecutive season, the East may be won by a team walking a tight rope of tiebreaker demise into Atlanta.


In 2011 it was Georgia, losing its SEC opener to South Carolina

By Scott Michaux
Monday, November 24, 2014 - 4:07pm

Bold prediction time: the most relevent team not seriously in the playoff conversation is Georgia Tech.


Why? Because the Yellow Jackets are capable of knocking off two top-10 teams in the next two weeks to shake things up considerably.


Georgia Tech is playing its best football of the season at

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:22am

The first playoff field is set.


Well, not officially, but the Control Their Own Destiny Quartet has been established for the mission, if they choose to accept it.


Provided they each win out, the First Four will be Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Mississippi State. Let the howling begin.



By Scott Michaux
Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 12:40pm

Mississippi State outpassed and outrushed Alabama in Tuscaloosa. The Tide, however, outscored the Bulldogs, which (unless you're Baylor-TCU) is all that matters.


Alabama takes over as the presumptive SEC lock to qualify for the first college football playoff, but the former No.

By Scott Michaux
Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 9:58am

In a span of 90 seconds against Arizona State, Notre Dame went from leading 3-0 with a Heisman Trophy candidate QB to trailing 17-3 without one.


That was how last week went as the playoff eliminations escalated. Auburn’s chances bounced off the center’s rear end.

By Scott Michaux
Monday, November 10, 2014 - 9:53am

In a Solomonic effort to kick the can down the road a week or two, I have deferred the problem presented by the Big 12 regarding the Final Football Four.


TCU and Baylor present a conundrum the CFP selection committee will likely have to face.

By Scott Michaux
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 3:14pm

ATHENS, Ga. – It’s as regular as a high-fiber diet – the anti-Mark Richt sentiment that pours in after any Georgia football loss.


The emails from the same parties fill my inbox. The vitriol heats up the message boards.


The general themes are always the same – Richt can’t win the big one ...

By Scott Michaux
Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 2:37pm

Got kind of busy and don’t have time to think of any clever introduction before Clemson plays tonight, so let’s just get right to the Week 11 educated guesses – a pretty crucial Saturday with a lot of elimination games:


Georgia @ Kentucky: Not the cakewalk of year’s past, but UGA won’t have

By Scott Michaux
Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 1:04pm

This elimination element is riveting – and in Saturday’s case revolting.


Auburn and Ole Miss were tangled in an epic second-half shootout with everything on the line.

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:53am

The arbitrary hand of NCAA injustice strikes again.


The farcical enforcement arm of the diminishingly relevant ruling body in collegiate athletics dropped the hammer on a player who had the audacity to admit accepting roughly $3,000 over two seasons for signing his name.


The operative phrase

By Scott Michaux
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 9:33am

Count me as impressed – and encouraged.


Whatever gripes you have with the initial College Football Playoff rankings that were unveiled (way too prematurely) on Tuesday night, the list gives an important glimpse into the thinking of the selection committee.


And what the initial ranking tells us

By Scott Michaux
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 8:38am

Only one top-10 team went down, and it will be a bitter pill to swallow for the Ole Miss Rebels and their fans for a long time.


Ole Miss' defense had kept LSU at bay most of the night, collecting big turnovers in the first half and making the key stops most of the second.

By Scott Michaux