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Getting inside the college football playoff system
Getting inside the college football playoff system

All I can say after spending a day in Texas portraying USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is: "Fight on! We [retroactively] did it!" Exhuming positive USC news from 2008 was not in the plan upon being granted a one-day membership on the College Football Playoff selection committee. The folks running the playoff recently invited selected media members to participate in a mock selection for the new four-team playoff. The real committee convenes early next week near Dallas in advance of the first top-25 release Oct. 28. It will then put out rankings on five subsequent Tuesdays before a final rendering Dec. 7. The panel will choose four teams for a playoff that will end with a title...

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