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Gary Andersen surprisingly leaves Wisconsin to take Oregon State coaching job

Originally posted on Fan Buzz:

The college football coaching carousel keeps on spinning and the latest move is a pretty big surprise. Wisconsin’s Gary Andersen has left the Badgers to fill the vacancy at Oregon State after Mike Riley left the Beavers for Nebraska.

Wisconsin announced Coach Andersen’s departure this afternoon and will begin the coaching search immediately. AD Barry Alvarez held a press conference this afternoon and said it’s possible that he would coach the Badgers in their bowl game — like he did after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas.

Alvarez also said in his press conference today that he wanted a coach with previous head coaching experience, making it unlikely that an assistant is promoted into that position from the current staff. He also…

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2014-15 Bowl Schedule

Originally posted on Game Time Nation (206):

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December 20

New Orleans Bowl: Nevada vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, New Orleans, La., ESPN, 11 a.m.

New Mexico Bowl: UTEP vs. Utah State, Albuquerque, N.M., ESPN, 2:20 p.m.

Las Vegas Bowl: Colorado State vs. Utah, Las Vegas, 3:30 p.m.

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

Camellia Bowl: Bowling Green vs. South Alabama, Montgomery, Ala., ESPN, 9:15 p.m.

December 22

Miami Beach Bowl: BYU vs. Memphis, Miami, ESPN, 2 p.m.

December 23

Boca Raton Bowl: Marshall vs. Northern Illinois, Boca Raton, Fla., ESPN, 6 p.m.

Poinsettia Bowl: Navy vs. San Diego State, San Diego, ESPN, 9:30 p.m.

December 24

Bahamas Bowl: Western Kentucky vs. Central Michigan, Nassau, Bahamas, ESPN, Noon

Hawaii Bowl: Rice vs. Fresno State, Honolulu, ESPN, 8 p.m.

December 26

Heart of Dallas Bowl: Illinois vs. Louisiana Tech, Dallas, ESPN, 1 p.m.

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An Inclusive College Football Playoff

Originally posted on Meadow Muffins of the Mind:

Well, the latest rankings experiment has more or less concluded.  So I won’t beat that horse here.  But how would a 16 team tournament really look in a more practical world?  So as a fun cross check, I messed around a bit:

  • I aggregated three publicly available rankings.  Kenneth Massey and Jeff Sagarin‘s computer ratings along with the AP Poll.  Normalizing, racking and stacking them – you get something like this – I only rank the top contenders and the conference champs to get to a list of contenders for the national title (scale 0 to 1):
    1. Alabama – 1.000
    2. Oregon – 0.966
    3. TCU – 0.899
    4. Ohio State – 0.892
    5. Florida State – 0.877
    6. Baylor – 0.873
    7. Mississippi State – 0.830
    8. Michigan State – 0.815
    9. Ole Miss – 0.812
    10. Kansas State – 0.732
    11. Georgia – 0.731
    12. Georgia Tech – 0.694
    13. Arizona – 0.673
    14. Auburn – 0.663
    15. UCLA…

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After playoff field is set, who else fills New Years Six bowl line-up?

Originally posted on CollegeFootballTalk:

Today is the day the bowls will be finalized. Which school will be playing in which bowl? To try and project that, we must first figure out the playoff picture, and yesterday proved that will be extremely difficult. Did Ohio State crack the playoff field last night with a 59-0 victory over Wisconsin, or will the top four hold firm? Nobody really knows, but for now let’s go with this projection that will surely upset Big 12 fans.

Sugar Bowl: Alabama (SEC champion) vs. Florida State (ACC champion)

Rose Bowl: Oregon (Pac-12 champion) vs. Ohio State (Big Ten champion)

The Automatic Entrants

Baylor (Big 12 co-champion), Boise State (highest-ranked Group of Five champion), Georgia Tech (ACC representative), Michigan State (highest ranked non-champion from Big Ten and SEC)

The ACC is contracted to fill one spot in the Orange Bowl. It would be very likely that team will be Georgia Tech. The…

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Projections have Ole Miss in Cotton or Peach Bowl

Originally posted on USA TODAY Sports:

OXFORD — Championship Saturday was very good to Ole Miss.

No. 7 Arizona, No. 9 Kansas State and No. 13 Wisconsin all lost in the course of 24 hours over the weekend, leaving the door open for No. 12 Ole Miss.

Five major bowl projections have Ole Miss playing in the New Year’s access bowls, replacing Kansas State. Four have the Rebels (9-3, 5-3 SEC West) in the Cotton, while a fifth has Ole Miss in the Peach.

The College Football Playoff selection committee is expected to reveal its playoff bracket at 12:30 p.m. today (ESPN). The rest of the four New Year’s bowls will be announced later in the show, likely around 1:45 p.m.

It ultimately comes down to Ole Miss and Kansas State: Arizona is likely not to be bruised too much by a woeful showing in a conference championship game, and Wisconsin lost any chance of climbing…

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