College Football Playoff semifinals an absolute mess in every way possible

Out of the six biggest bowl games of the season, we got a grand total of zero close and competitive games. That and poor start times and dates killed the excitement of college football. And the worst part is that it will continue to be that way. What. A. Mess.

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Kentucky’s loss doesn’t mean they’re not great

The Kentucky Wildcats were two games away from history.

Sitting at 38-0, all they had to do is beat Wisconsin and then beat Duke to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to go undefeated and the first team ever to go 40-0 in a season.

But as the semifinal game wound down, it all fell apart for the Wildcats. And instead of them getting the chance for basketball immortality in the championship game, it was the Badgers playing the Blue Devils for all the marbles.

Even though the season didn’t end with an undefeated record or a national championship, however, this Kentucky team was/is a great team.

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NCAA needs to do more than Syracuse’s postseason ban

Last Wednesday, Syracuse announced that it would imposing a postseason ban on its men’s basketball team due to an NCAA investigation, that’s about to come to an end, over alleged academic fraud, issues in drug testing and some other shady dealings. Now, that would so good and all, considering the Orangemen are a perennial power in the ACC and nationally; however, this year, they hold only a record of 15-8 overall and 6-4 in conference play, with some pretty bad losses to boot, and are likely not going to make it into the tournament, rendering the ban essentially pointless.

So with the NCAA due to announce at any moment the punishment for Syracuse’s transgressions, it would be best for the association to go beyond the self-imposed postseason ban with a harsher penalty.

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ESPN’s BCS MegaCast would be great for future big games

At first, I was really disappointed that ESPN was going all out for the final BCS national championship game. I wasn’t really planning to be watching the game and that announcement would limit my options outside of the game.

But as the game kicked off, and I explored the plethora of options ESPN had, the more I found myself actually enjoying what they had on. And in a stunning turn of events, I hope this becomes the norm for big games like the college football title game, Super Bowl and even the Final Four to name a few.

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College football seems to becoming more and more like arena football

On Wednesday I posted a column to my arena football site, Arena Pigskin, about how college football is becoming more and more like arena football. And now, especially after watching highlight after highlight after the NCAA season has finished, I feel more and more confident about that conclusion.

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Heisman race after week eight

So this past Saturday was just a continuation of the previous Saturday’s upset craziness. A number of ranked teams went down, a number of SEC teams expected to compete for the conference title lost and some Heisman hopefuls took a big hit. So, who are in the top five for the Heisman and who fell out.

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Targeting rule not the way to go for NCAA

As the dangers of playing football have become more and more known in recent years, the NCAA decided to see what they can do to prevent injuries, specifically to the head and neck area, and possibly subside some fears about playing the game.

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Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee at Bristol should be a sight to see

The biggest college football news from last week wasn’t the fact that Texas beat Oklahoma or Utah upset Stanford or that Georgia’s injuries finally caught up them in their loss to Missouri.

No. Instead, that award went to the news that the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hockies would square off in a game in 2016 at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway.

Yes, you read that right. There will be a football game at a NASCAR track.

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Heisman watch after week seven

Week Seven turned out to be the week of the upsets across college football. Texas beat OU. Utah shocked Stanford. Ole Miss nearly pulled off the upset over Texas A&M. Missouri beat Georgia, then lost their quarterback for the season.

This past weekend also helped weed out some of the Heisman contenders. Some rose to the top while others fell almost out of the picture. So here’s my Heisman list after the weekend.

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First Saturday of college football a fun one indeed

It took a nearly the entire first half, but at the end of the day, I and other UT fans alike were able to breathe easy and take in the full first Saturday of college football without the embarrassment of a loss to New Mexico State.

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