Where Did It Go Wrong for the Big XII Schools?

Well now that we have had a day to digest the four teams that got into the playoff, there is one obvious question that is making the rounds. How did TCU or Baylor not get into the tournament?

One answer to that question is the play of Ohio State. They were down to their third quarterback for the season and playing a Wisconsin team that has a Heisman hopeful. It was a match up that many had picked that Ohio St. would lose because of the above circumstances. Instead the Buckeyes ran the Badgers out of the stadium, to the tune of 59-0. An impressive victory and statement like that would make it hard for the committee to leave them out of the argument for the fourth and final team.

And sure that could be a reason why one of those Big XII schools were left out of the playoff. But the biggest reason why they were left out rested on themselves and the conference.

Baylor and TCU did not exactly play the best non-conference schedule out there. Sure TCU did play Minnesota in the beginning of the year. But other than that, there is not much name recognition or good teams on their resume. Both teams played SMU, finished with one win this season. Both played an FCS school from the Southland Conference, Samford and Northwestern St. And Baylor played Buffalo from the MAC. Not exactly murder’s row there.

And their conference did not provide much help either. The Big XII plays a round-robin 9 game schedule. All teams will meet each other at some point during the season. And since there are only 10 teams in the conference, they do not have a conference championship game. The NCAA says that you must have 12 or more teams in the conference to have a conference championship game.

The conference boosts that they will have one true champion. However that theory was debunked this year. Baylor and TCU ended up tied in the conference standings, even though Baylor defeated TCU 61-58 earlier in the year. The commissioner stated they would name both schools co-champions if they won both of their games this past weekend. And of course what happens, both won and trophies were presented to both teams this past Saturday. Kind of makes the committee’s job a little hard when you really do not have a true champion.

And also does not help that the conference was not as strong as previous years. In the final playoff rankings only three teams from the conference were ranked. Heck the Pac-12 South and SEC West (divisions) had four or more teams ranked. And the Big Ten and ACC, which has been under some scrutiny, found four teams a piece ranked.

So what now? How does the conference and school make sure they are not let out of the playoff in the coming years? Well one answer could be to add some teams to the conference in order to qualify for a conference championship game. Sure the conference can apply for a waiver but there is no guarantee it will be granted; especially with the way the NCAA is about things.

But even if you go the route of adding to more teams, who can you add? The only plausible conference to raid would be the American Athletic Conference. Cincinnati could be an option. Maybe even Houston with their proximity to other schools already in the conference. But once again, there is no guarantee that schools would be willingly to move after conference realignment just ended a couple of years ago.

So the only option that Big XII schools have is scheduling. No more scheduling of three cupcakes in your non-conference schedule. I understand that you want to play teams in Texas so it is easier for you fan base to travel to the games, but still. There are some power five teams that are within reasonable distance if you want to stay close to home (Texas A&M, Arkansas, LSU, Missouri). Also the Big Ten is just to the north of the conference and the Pac-12 is on the west coast. And I’m sure they [Pac-12] would love to play Big XII schools. Seems like a select few want to travel west for a home-and-home series, but that’s another story.

So in the end the Big XII will have to make some adjustments and changes to ensure that this will not happen again in the future. Even if that means breaking future commitments with schools. It could mean the difference of being the first one out or the last one in to play for a national championship.

2014-15 College Football Bowl Lineup

Here is the lineup for all the bowl games that will take place over the next handful of weeks:

December 20
R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl (New Orleans, La.) – 11 a.m. ET, ESPN
Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

Gildan New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque, N.M.) – 2:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Utah State vs. UTEP

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl (Las Vegas, Nev.) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Colorado State vs. No. 22 Utah

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (Boise, Idaho) – 5:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
Western Michigan vs. Air Force

Raycom Media Camilia Bowl (Montgomery, Ala.) – 9:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Bowling Green vs. South Alabama

December 22
Miami Beach Bowl (Miami, Fla) – 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
BYU vs. Memphis

December 23
Boca Raton Bowl (Boca Raton, Fla.) – 6 p.m. ET, ESPN
Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) – 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
San Diego State vs. Navy

December 24
Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (Nassau, Bahamas) – noon ET, ESPN
Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu, Hawaii) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Fresno State vs. Rice

December 26
Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl (Dallas, Texas) – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Louisiana Tech vs. Illinois

Quick Lane Bowl (Detroit, Mich.) – 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
North Carolina vs. Rutgers

BITCOIN St. Petersburg Bowl (St. Petersburg, Fla.) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
N.C. State vs. Central Florida

December 27
Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman (Annapolis, Md.) – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN
Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech

Hyundai Sun Bowl (El Paso, Texas) – 2 p.m. ET, CBS
No. 15 Arizona State vs. Duke

Duck Commander Independence Bowl (Shreveport, La.) – 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC
Miami vs. South Carolina

New Era Pinstripe Bowl (Bronx, N.Y.) – 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Penn State vs. Boston College

National University Holiday Bowl (San Diego, Calif.) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 24 USC vs. Nebraska

December 29
AutoZone Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.) – 2 p.m. ET, ESPN
West Virginia vs. Texas A&M

Russell Athletic Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) – 5:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 17 Clemson vs. Oklahoma

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl (Houston, Texas) – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Texas vs. Arkansas

December 30
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) – 3 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 23 LSU vs. Notre Dame

Belk Bowl (Charlotte, N.C.) – 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 13 Georgia vs. No. 21 Louisville

Foster Farms Bowl (Santa Clara, Calif.) – 10 p.m. ET, ESPN
Stanford vs. Maryland

December 31
Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl (Atlanta, Ga.) – 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 6 TCU vs. No. 9 Ole Miss

VIZIO Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) – 4 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 10 Arizona vs. No. 20 Boise State

Capital One Orange Bowl (Miami Gardens, Fla) – 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 7 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Georgia Tech

January 1
Outback Bowl (Tampa, Fla.) – noon ET, ESPN2
No. 18 Wisconsin vs. No. 19 Auburn

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic (Arlington, Texas* – 12:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 8 Michigan State

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl (Orlando, Fla.) – 1 p.m. ET, ABC
No. 16 Missouri vs. No. 25 Minnesota

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual (Pasadena, Calif.) – 5 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State

Allstate Sugar Bowl (New Orleans, La.) – 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State

January 2
Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth, Texas) – noon ET, ESPN
Pittsburgh vs. Houston

Taxslayer Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 3:20 p.m. ET, ESPN
Iowa vs. Tennessee

Valero Alamo Bowl (San Antonio, Texas) – 6:45 p.m. ET, ESPN
No. 11 Kansas State vs. No. 14 UCLA

TicketCity Cactus Bowl (Tempe, Ariz.) – 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN
Oklahoma State vs. Washington

January 3
Birmingham Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) – 1 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN2
Florida vs. East Carolina

January 4
GoDaddy Bowl (Mobile, Ala.) – 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Toledo vs. Arkansas State

January 12
College Football Playoff Championship (Arlington, Texas) – TBD, ESPN
Rose Bowl winner vs. Sugar Bowl winner

Final College Football Playoff Rankings Predictions

Well the regular season has come and gone for us college football fans. We have seen some fantastic games, along with crazy outcomes that none of us expected to happen. And a lot of this has to deal with the new playoff system that was installed for this year.

The final playoff rankings will be released later today, 12:30 eastern time. Who will be in and who will be out? That is a question that the committee only knows. But here are our predictions on how the rankings might turn out. And we are holding the committee to it’s word about head to head matchups and overall resume profile.

1. Alabama
2. Oregon
3. Florida St.
4. Baylor
5. Ohio St.
6. TCU
7. Michigan St.
8. Mississippi St.
9. Ole Miss
10. Kansas St.
11. Arizona
12. Georgia Tech
13. Georgia
14. UCLA
15. Arizona St.
16. Clemson
17. Auburn
18. Wisconsin
19. Missouri
20. Louisville
21. Boise St.
22. Utah
23. LSU
24. USC
25. Oklahoma

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76ers lose (chance to break NBA record for losses to start season)

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They finally won a game everyone!

Originally posted on ProBasketballTalk:

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The 76ers looked relieved as they hugged and high-fived at center court, a giant weight removed from their shoulders.

For the first time all season, Philadelphia did something every other team has done at least thrice already – win.

The 76ers conquered the fallible Timberwolves, 85-77, Wednesday – halting their losing streak at 17 games and narrowly avoiding matching the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets with the worst start to an NBA season.

  • 2009-10 New Jersey Nets, 0-18
  • 2013-14 Philadelphia 76ers, 0-17
  • 1999 Los Angeles Clippers, 0-17
  • 1988-89 Miami Heat, 0-17
  • 1994-95 Los Angeles Clippers, 0-16
  • 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers, 0-15
  • 1970-71 Cleveland Cavaliers, 0-15
  • 1949-50 Denver Nuggets, 0-15

Some Philadelphia players attempted to stifle their joy as others sported giant grins, and it seemed everyone eventually realized it was OK to celebrate. The 76ers are still the NBA’s laughing stock, and they’re no danger of losing the…

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College Football Playoff Rankings, December 1st

Well another week of college football has come and gone. And this week was far different from the previous week. Rivalry week sure lived up to its name. A total of 7 ranked teams lost during the weekend, with many more having close calls but surviving at the end.

And if you thought we would have a clearer picture for the final four, well you were sadly mistaken. In fact the playoff picture is up for grabs. Twelve ranked teams will be playing during conference championship week. So we can be in for quite a few surprises this upcoming week. And as always here are our predictions for the college football rankings that are scheduled to be released tomorrow night. Continue reading