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Around CFB: Talking heads doubling as lemon-selling used car salesmen
7 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Olin Buchanan takes a closer look at the lemons many college football media members are trying to sell as playoff-worthy, plus his Heisman watch, playoff predictions and games of the week.
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Around CFB: Reliance on the eye test is blinding the committee's judgement
7 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
The debate over who deserves the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff is beginning to heat up, with Ohio State and Texas A&M right in the middle of it. It appears the committee is going off of the "eye test", and that might be a huge mistake.
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Around CFB: Historic karma threatening to dash Ohio State's playoff hopes
7 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Tuesday night's second College Football Playoff release shed some light on the committee's debate over whether Ohio State or Texas A&M deserves the fourth spot. Time remains to pour over the resumés, but the Buckeyes' chances to make a stronger case are in serious trouble.
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Around CFB: BYU's soft schedule lands them at No. 14 in initial CFP ranking
7 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
The College Football Playoff committee released their first rankings of the 2020 season, and the undefeated BYU Cougars landed at No. 14. While those in Provo cry out for more respect, a deeper look at their resumé suggests that the Cougars got what they deserved.
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Around CFB: Perception of the Big Ten West division is changing
8 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Ohio State is the toast of the Big Ten and likely figures to win their fourth-consecutive conference title this season. However, the Buckeyes play in the Big Ten East, which is beginning to look like the weaker of the league's two divisions.
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Around CFB: The thin case for Cincinnati, BYU and the College Football Playoff
8 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Cincinnati and BYU are both undefeated and ranked highly as the regular season begins to come to a close, but should the Bearcats and Cougars be considered for the four-team playoff? That question could boil down to whether or not either could beat the Florida Gators.
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Around CFB: The Pac-12 returns, but will it even matter?
8 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
College football fans on the west coast rejoice: the Pac-12 finally makes its return this weekend, but will it even impact the national landscape? While it's fantastic that college football is back across the country, it's unlikely the Pac-12 will factor into the playoff picture.
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Around CFB: Based on market value, Fisher absolutely worth the money
8 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Those in the national media love to point out Jimbo Fisher's mega-contract, which pays him $7.5 million per year. However, those same writers seem to gloss over the fact that many other coaches have huge salaries and don't win nearly as much as Fisher does.
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Around CFB: Following tumultuous offseason, Big Ten football returns
9 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
After trying to strong-arm other members of the Power 5 to sit out the 2020 season with them, the Big Ten decided that they'd play an abbreviated, conference-only schedule like everyone else, and big-time college football in the midwest finally makes its return this weekend.
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Around CFB: Even after big win over Gators, Fisher feels no need for vindication
9 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Jimbo Fisher likes his program's direction, but vindication isn't on his mind. Olin Buchanan describes Fisher's view of A&M's progress and offers his weekly thoughts on the Heisman, playoff race and games to watch.
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Around CFB: 2020 comes for even the geniuses as Riley could lose three straight
9 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
The college football season that almost wasn't is proving to be as tumultuous as one might have expected. Case in point: Quickly lauded as a 'genius' and grouped with the game's best coaches, Lincoln Riley is staring at the possibility of already losing three straight in 2020.
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Around CFB: Big 12 already in danger of missing out on 2020 playoff
9 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
After only a few weeks of action, the Big 12 is already threatening to make itself scarce in this year's College Football Playoff discussion. Olin Buchanan looks at the conference's perilous situation and adds his weekly Heisman thoughts, playoff predictions and games to watch.
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Around CFB: Three years later, Fisher can't be blamed for FSU's struggles
10 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
Critics of Jimbo Fisher said he left the cupboard bare for Willie Taggart when he left for College Station following the 2017 season, but even in 2020, the Seminoles are continuing to struggle. It's time to stop blaming Fisher for the struggles in Tallahassee.
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Around CFB: Sun Belt makes its case for conference superiority
10 mo ago by Olin Buchanan
In a year without a full slate of non-conference showdowns, it becomes much more difficult to differentiate between the leagues. However, in Week One, the Sun Belt made a strong case for themselves following a 3-0 showing against the Power 5 Big 12.
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Around CFB: Breaking down the contenders for the fourth playoff spot
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
Undefeated through 12 games, LSU, Clemson, and Ohio State have all but locked up their place in the 2019 CFB Playoff. With one final spot still left for the taking, Olin analyzes the resumes of each of the one-loss contenders still in the hunt.
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Around CFB: Stroke of luck needed for Alabama to get back to the playoff
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
The Alabama Crimson Tide are no strangers to making national championship or playoff runs despite having a loss to their name. This year, the Tide will likely need some help in the final two weeks of the season if they are to get back to the college football playoff.
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Bowl game inflation causing credibility problems around college football
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
The number of bowl games in college football has steadily increased each decade. With 40 bowl games to fill teams with, it's getting harder and harder to find teams worthy of appearing - or that even meet the minimum requirements.
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Minnesota's resumé could - maybe should - make Gophers golden
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
Assuming Minnesota finishes the regular season undefeated but falls to Ohio State in the Big Ten title game, the Gophers would have the best one-loss resumé in the country. Would it be enough to get them in the playoff over the likes of Alabama, Oklahoma and others?
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Who's next? Coaches on the brink, plus Heisman and Playoff projections
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
Florida State fired head coach Willie Taggert on Sunday, less than two seasons into his tenure at the helm of the Seminole program. This quick turn of events certainly begs the question: Who is the next power five coach that will be shown the door?
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Hart of the matter: Fisher isn't under-delivering, just facing more challenges than most
1 yr ago by Olin Buchanan
Jimbo Fisher has not been a disappointment at Texas A&M thus far, however, he has faced far more challenges than many of his counterparts. Olin Buchanan analyzes Fisher and the other top stories from around college football.
 
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