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Hail State! Wrap this season in the Maroon and White!

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For the first time in the 145 years of college football, a 12-member playoff selection committee has set to convene. It will spend Monday and Tuesday in the arduous seven-stage process of tabulating its inaugural weekly top 25, and it will release that list on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

That will begin a much-anticipated process of seven weekly meetings in Grapevine, Texas, near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The meetings will run Monday-Tuesday into early December, then the final announcement of the playoff field will come on Sunday, Dec. 7.

That announcement will name the four teams which will comprise the sport’s first-ever playoff. Two of those teams will meet in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, while the other two will meet in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., later that day. One game will involve the Nos. 1 and 4 seeds as the committee deems, with the other game pitting No. 2 against No. 3.

The winners will meet in the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. The committee also will determine the participants in the second tier of bowls — the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange — which also will hold semifinals in ensuing years on a rotating basis.

The committee includes five standing athletics directors — chairman Jeff Long of Arkansas, Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin, Pat Haden of Southern California, Oliver Luck of West Virginia and Dan Radakovich of Clemson — who will recuse themselves from votes that concern their own teams. It also includes the prominent former coaches Tom Osborne and Tyrone Willingham, as well as the Stanford professor, former Stanford provost and U.S. secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice.

It began earlier this year with 13 members, studying games and video and statistics around the country, until committee member Archie Manning withdrew last week, citing health concerns.

As the committee gathers through Monday and Tuesday, it will seed its 25 teams in an arduous seven-stage process. It will determine Nos. 1-3, then Nos. 4-6, then Nos. 7-9, before completing its top 25 in four remaining stages, four teams at a time.

As of this first gathering, only two unbeaten teams remain among the aristocratic conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC plus Notre Dame — and those two, Mississippi State and Florida State, hold down the top slots in both the Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls. A further unbeaten team, Marshall (8-0), ranks No. 23 in both those familiar polls. Using data, including that from the outfit SportSource Analytics, the committee will have to sort out a further 16 teams with one loss each: four each from the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12, three each from the Big Ten and the Big 12, one from the ACC and the top independent, Notre Dame.

To begin a secret-ballot process, each committee member will list the 25 teams he or she considers the best, but in no particular order. Any team appearing on three or more of the lists will receive further consideration.

From there, each member will list six top teams, also in no particular order, and the six receiving the most mentions will go into a pool for the first rankings step. At that point, each member will rank teams Nos. 1 through 6, with the teams receiving the best (fewest) points becoming the top three seeds. The three leftovers will go into the next round, where committee members will list their best six remaining teams and repeat the task.

By Chuck Culpepper October 27 at 11:00 AM 

Undefeated Mississippi State is expected to be in the college football playoff field as projected following the first meeting of the playoff committee. (David Stephenson/AP Photo)
For the first time in the 145 years of college football, a 12-member playoff selection committee has set to convene. It will spend Monday and Tuesday in the arduous seven-stage process of tabulating its inaugural weekly top 25, and it will release that list on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. ET.

That will begin a much-anticipated process of seven weekly meetings in Grapevine, Texas, near the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The meetings will run Monday-Tuesday into early December, then the final announcement of the playoff field will come on Sunday, Dec. 7.

That announcement will name the four teams which will comprise the sport’s first-ever playoff. Two of those teams will meet in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 1, 2015, while the other two will meet in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., later that day. One game will involve the Nos. 1 and 4 seeds as the committee deems, with the other game pitting No. 2 against No. 3.

The winners will meet in the national championship game on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, at the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. The committee also will determine the participants in the second tier of bowls — the Cotton, Fiesta, Peach and Orange — which also will hold semifinals in ensuing years on a rotating basis.

The committee includes five standing athletics directors — chairman Jeff Long of Arkansas, Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin, Pat Haden of Southern California, Oliver Luck of West Virginia and Dan Radakovich of Clemson — who will recuse themselves from votes that concern their own teams. It also includes the prominent former coaches Tom Osborne and Tyrone Willingham, as well as the Stanford professor, former Stanford provost and U.S. secretary of state, Condoleeza Rice.

It began earlier this year with 13 members, studying games and video and statistics around the country, until committee member Archie Manning withdrew last week, citing health concerns.

AdvertisementAs the committee gathers through Monday and Tuesday, it will seed its 25 teams in an arduous seven-stage process. It will determine Nos. 1-3, then Nos. 4-6, then Nos. 7-9, before completing its top 25 in four remaining stages, four teams at a time.

As of this first gathering, only two unbeaten teams remain among the aristocratic conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC plus Notre Dame — and those two, Mississippi State and Florida State, hold down the top slots in both the Associated Press media and USA Today coaches polls. A further unbeaten team, Marshall (8-0), ranks No. 23 in both those familiar polls. Using data, including that from the outfit SportSource Analytics, the committee will have to sort out a further 16 teams with one loss each: four each from the Southeastern Conference and the Pac-12, three each from the Big Ten and the Big 12, one from the ACC and the top independent, Notre Dame.

To begin a secret-ballot process, each committee member will list the 25 teams he or she considers the best, but in no particular order. Any team appearing on three or more of the lists will receive further consideration.

From there, each member will list six top teams, also in no particular order, and the six receiving the most mentions will go into a pool for the first rankings step. At that point, each member will rank teams Nos. 1 through 6, with the teams receiving the best (fewest) points becoming the top three seeds. The three leftovers will go into the next round, where committee members will list their best six remaining teams and repeat the task.

AdvertisementIn between the rounds, according to the committee guidelines, committee members will “conduct a thorough evaluation of the teams before conducting the vote.” At no point do the teams receive any kind of point score.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2014/10/27/college-football-playoff-what-to-expect-from-committees-first-rankings/

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 27, 2014, 12:34 PM »
Maybe possibly it is Carol that Darryl calls up to join him. They followed to car, saw where Beth was being held and came back for some muscle to get her out.

With Glenn somewhere else it might give a chance for Rick and Tyreese to become bros.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 26, 2014, 09:46 PM »
A promise was kept

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 19, 2014, 11:39 PM »
Wow Carol, nice jugs  :D :D

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 19, 2014, 10:36 PM »
Rick was right, you can't let threats linger out there or they come back and bite you later

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guilty Pleasures
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:13 AM »
Sonics peanut butter milkshake. Until recently I was buying maybe three a week at their happy hour until I noticed my pants were getting tight

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:09 AM »
The crazy man that Glenn and Rick let out of the train car was the man who threw Mary back in the car after they raped her. Once Gareth took Terminus back over they locked him in the train car. I bet more flashbacks are coming

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: September 24, 2014, 01:04 PM »
I couldn't find any reference to Z Nation other than a band.  Is this a new series or a movie or what?  I've clearly been locked away working on the SW Room for too long...
It is on SyFy channel at 9 pm central Fridays. It is lacking but I watch it with my 9 year old who loves zombies. 2 episodes in and they already have had a zombie baby and a zombie dog.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:07 AM »
So who is watching Z Nation tonight? Is it TWD meets Sharknado? We shall find out

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Yoda was not on any of the rumour lists. Jawas, tie fighter pilot and 3PO are. Maybe we will see them at SDCC.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 14, 2014, 03:35 PM »
Looking at her I would probably need a crash helmet myself.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A Game of Thrones (HBO)
« on: April 14, 2014, 02:27 PM »
Worst part is the little sadist never got to bed Natalie Dormer

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:36 PM »
That bag of guns out in the woods will have to play a part in all of this. And where are Carol and Tyreese? Watching all of this from the trees?

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 30, 2014, 10:39 PM »
Carol will come to the rescue by having all the members of Terminus look at the pretty flowers

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