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It's Official: College Football Will Have a Playoff

Also official: 1. It will expand. 2. It will create all manner of problems and controversies, solving nothing. 3. It will suck, but not enough to stop me from loving a sport that doesn't love me back, which has been true of just about every change in college football in my adult lifetime. Go 'Dawgs!

Boise State-Georgia Game Critical to Future of Mountain West

The Broncos are used to playing big games by now, so BSU's 2011 tilt with the Bulldogs isn't nearly on a par with Boise State's 2005 visit to Sanford Stadium in terms of the program's now well-established national prestige, but a win by the boys in blue over the Red and Black on September 3 could be huge for the MWC's BCS chances. Go 'Dawgs!

Will Georgia Open the 2011 Season Against Boise State in the Dome?

I have mixed feelings about this possibility. On the one hand, Mark Richt-coached teams typically have performed better when opening the season against quality opposition. On the other hand, when the Bulldogs have beaten out-of-conference opponents in non-rivalry games between the hedges, rematches outside of Athens haven't always ended well (Oklahoma State in Stillwater in 2009, Colorado in Boulder in 2010). On the one hand, I'd love to get out of the now-pointless series with Louisville. On the other hand, I'm not anxious to hose Ole Miss by yanking the Rebels' marquee non-conference matchup out from under them. On the one hand, the Broncos have never beaten an SEC team. On the other hand, Boise State is a program on the rise, and Georgia will head into 2011 after the worst two seasons of the Mark Richt era. Right now, we don't even know if the Bulldogs will make a bowl game this season, and, if they don't, that's a few weeks' worth of extra practices of which they will be deprived, while the Broncos likely will be coming off of back-to-back BCS bowl campaigns. At the end of the day, I would prefer it if this move didn't happen in this way at this time. I don't see the logic of playing a regular-season game in the Georgia Dome against anyone other than a traditional rival from the ACC, I don't see the urgency of rearranging everything so hurriedly rather than arranging a future matchup down the road, and I don't see how this can be squared with Greg McGarity's stated objective of scheduling more home games. In principle, I'm for this matchup; in practice, in this specific instance, I'm against it. Go 'Dawgs!

92% of Americans and 78% of Georgians Are Wrong About the BCS

In an incredibly scientific poll conducted two days after the Super Bowl for the first time in modern memory even arguably paired the NFL’s two best teams, 92 per cent of Americans participating in the internet balloting indicated that the National Football League does a better job of producing a deserving champion than the Bowl Championship Series. Georgians gave the BCS its second-highest approval rating (behind only the denizens of the state to our immediate left, currently the home of the BCS championship trophy) with 22 per cent. For the record, while I did not vote in the poll, I am in that 22 per cent, a figure which doubtless would have been considerably higher the day after the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots. It bears pointing out, by the way, that Plessy v. Ferguson was an 8-1 decision and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution passed 416-0 in the House and 88-2 in the Senate. As P.J. O’Rourke has pointed out, it’s not the divisive issues on which folks are split down the middle that pose the biggest threats; it’s the issues about which there is eerie unanimity that run the greatest risk of disastrously bad consequences, such as Jim Crow, the Vietnam War, and a Division I-A college football playoff. Go ‘Dawgs!

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