Unbalnced Line Daily 2.6

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The BCS talks have already reached the semifinals.  Further insinuating a 4-team playoff will become a reality.

"Having carefully reviewed calendars and schedules, we believe that either an eight-team or a 16-team playoff would diminish the regular season and harm the bowls," the BCS said in a statement. "College football's regular season is too important to diminish and we do not believe it's in the best interest of student-athletes, fans, or alumni to harm the regular season.

The real questions are going to be decided on in the next few weeks and I suspect those questions and answers will revolve around Money. Namely, "Is it possible to make more money?" and  Can BCS leagues further concentrate their share of  money/prestige?"

After meetings Thursday, BCS spokesman Bill Hancock said the sport's 11 FBS conference commissioners would take "two to seven" playoff proposals -- each involving four teams -- back to their respective university presidents, athletic directors and coaches to discuss for the next five to seven weeks.
BCS officials and conference commissioners are scheduled to meet in Chicago again in June.


Army's home kickoff times have been announced. No surprise with the nooners, CBS College sports seems to have Army/Navy locked into their respective time designations.

Cool, 9:00 AM Pacific time, noted.


Unbalanced LIne Daily 2.5

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What is the point of this? Playoffs a likely addition beginning in 2014.

We've had national champions before without one. To me it looks like the same teams gain access to the larger D1-AA playoff and the same teams have won titles for stretches at a time. Already gone is the banter between seasons about who is really the best team - the BCS has eliminated that entertaining offseason discourse  - as well as eliminating ties. What are we going to talk about in the long football off season? Who knows?.. hopefully not the NFL. That boring-ass league has cornered the market on institutionalized intent to injure, moronic personality disorders and obscene financial expectation for all involved.

That's just it: with nothing else to talk about chatter has already begun on how NCAA football is an ever-expanding cash scheme. These decisions to change the time-tested rules of football aren't in the interest of the game, or the fans or even the players... from now on football is dictated by money, nothing more, nothing less.

It's enough to make you sick.


Yearbook: East Carolina

East Carolina has their yearbooks available online and it's another good one.  The ECU Tecoan and Buccaneer yearbooks chronicle life at East Carolina University from 1923 to 1971. Football began at the college in 1933 and there is a significant amount of ECU's football history held in these pages.

Sadly the yearbooks are only complete through 1971, so the most recent chapters of Pirate football history are waiting to be enshrined.

The Digital N.C. project has done a great job of getting yearbooks online and ECU's yearbooks are a deserving addition to the the Digital N.C. collection as well as mine.


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Unbalanced Line Daily 2.4

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Orlando Sentinel has started their preseason ranking of teams.
Strange seeing Tulane's schedule without a game against Army.


 CFN has some "way too early bowl picks".

Washington, DC RFK Stadium
Army vs. ACC No. 8
Ridiculously Early Call: Texas A&M* vs. Notre Dame*
Top Three Other Options: 1) Army, 2) Maryland, 3) Boston College

WHY? Here’s where things get a little loopy. Okay, a lot loopy, but it’s one of the only bowls that could potentially have at-large spots to create a great matchup. Notre Dame is in a no man’s land when it comes to bowl tie-ins. It can’t go to the Champs Sports Bowl after going last year, and it’s not going to the BCS thanks to a brutal schedule. It’s not like there will be a slew of other options, but on the plus side for the bowl, Army probably isn’t going to bowl eligible which could mean one of several SEC teams could be on the table. Texas A&M’s military aspect would make it a popular at-large pick, but the SEC will probably want its new member to go to one of the league’s preset tie-ins. With as many as 11 SEC teams likely to be bowl eligible, there will be plenty of wiggle room.


It's fun to play what-if. From the split national titles of the past to the future's lost rivalries speculative  chatter makes the long offseason that much more tolerable. I find it ironic that Tomahawk Nation projects past top four finishes into the very playoff system that would eliminate everyone's favorite offseason banter.
Down with the playoff idea already


Wait, WHAT? Impossible front flip to avoid tackle.


Courtesy of FishDuck, here's a savvy breakdown of Oregon's potent offensive attack as it has adapted under Chip Kelly



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