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  1. The Southern Conference tried 68 years ago to cancel Clemson-South Carolina to punish the former for playing in a bowl the previous season. It not only led to the law requiring them to play, but also led to Clemson, SC, Maryland, and the Tobacco Road 4 to withdraw from the SoCon to form the ACC in 1953. The SoCon was never the same, to the point where its two largest remaining schools, West Virginia and Virginia Tech, left by 1970, followed by its demotion to FCS in 1982. The state of South Carolina will fight tooth and nail to ensure the law requiring Clemson and SC to play is enforced.
  2. One positive of the ACC schedule this year is that the Tobacco Road round robin is restored. I hope the ACC expands in a way that allows geographic football divisions which would put the Tobacco Road schools all in the South Division (but any ACC expansion MUST include Cincinnati, there are many associated with that school and Louisville that want to see the rivalry between the two rekindled; Cincinnati joining the ACC could potentially lead to the Bearcats terminating their football rivalry with the Miami RedHawks in favor of an annual series with Ohio State as part of the initiative to increase UC's SOS).
  3. While ND's football membership in the ACC is temporary, its ability to qualify for the ACC spot in the Orange Bowl (if it doesn't qualify for the B1G/SEC/ND spot) should be permanent, after the debacle of last year, in which Clemson was the only truly good ACC football team, yet ND didn't qualify for the Orange Bowl despite beating, having a better record, and higher ranking than Virginia because they weren't technically in ACC football. Clemson's weak schedule last year is also why OSU losing to them in the playoff was a huge sore point with me. If it weren't for the South Carolina law that specifically states Clemson and South Carolina have to play each year (a consequence of the Southern Conference sanctioning Clemson and Maryland for violating that league's postseason ban in the early 1950s, a ban which led those two, South Carolina, and the Tobacco Road 4 to withdraw from the SoCon and form the ACC in 1953, ultimately resulting in the dissatisfaction of the two remaining big state schools, Virginia Tech and West Virginia - both of whom left the SoCon in the 1960s - at the lack of competition in the SoCon, which is now an FCS conference), I would say Clemson have a rematch with LSU as their lone non-conference game.
  4. The ACC largely being weak last year was a huge reason why I was not happy about 1. Clemson beating OSU in the playoff last year and 2. Notre Dame being passed over for the ACC's Orange Bowl bid last year in favor of Virginia (who ND beat) even though ND had a better record and higher ranking but was technically not part of ACC football I'd be fine with ND being a football member of the ACC for just one year given the circumstances but in future years when things are normal again, ND should have a chance to take the ACC bid to the Orange Bowl (when it is not a semifinal) if it doesn't qualify through the spot that usually goes to the Big Ten or SEC
  5. " Kenosha County is a county in the southeastern corner of the U.S. state of Wisconsin. Its population in 2019 was estimated to be 169,561, making it the eighth most populous county in Wisconsin.[1] The county is named after the county seat, Kenosha,[2] the fourth largest city in Wisconsin.[1] Kenosha County is part of the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is on the west shore of Lake Michigan. The county has traditionally attracted newcomers from suburban Chicago, and in March 2008 the demographers of the Wisconsin Department of Administration reported that Kenosha County's improvements in roads, business's need for personnel, and quality-of-life factors had contributed to a decades-long influx of Illinois transplants, along with the direct rail link to Chicago via Metra's Union Pacific / North Line." I lifted this from Wikipedia.
  6. Akron, Ohio - now part of the Cleveland Browns market Canton, Ohio - now part of the Cleveland Browns market Columbus, Ohio - now part of the territory for both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns Dayton, Ohio - now part of the territory for the Cincinnati Bengals Duluth, Minnesota - together with Superior, Wisconsin, the cities are a battleground territory for the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings Evansville, Indiana - now part of the territory for the Indianapolis Colts Hammond, Indiana - now part of the territory for the Indianapolis Colts Hartford, Connecticut - now part of the territory for the New England Patriots, who almost relocated here Kenosha, Wisconsin and Racine, Wisconsin - together, now a battleground territory for the rivalry between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, stemming from the fact that both cities are close, but Racine is officially part of the Milwaukee metro area, and Kenosha is is part of the Chicago metro area but also part of the Milwaukee TV market LaRue, Ohio - now part of the territory for both the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns Louisville, Kentucky - now part of the territory for the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts, and Tennessee Titans; however, NFL interest in recent times has gravitated towards the Baltimore Ravens, led by former Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson Milwaukee, Wisconsin - not only part of the Green Bay Packers territory, the Packers once played home games here and have official media partners in the city Muncie, Indiana - now part of the territory for the Indianapolis Colts Orange, New Jersey - now part of the New York Giants/Jets market Pottsville, Pennsylvania - now part of the territory for the Philadelphia Eagles Providence, Rhode Island - now part of the territory for the New England Patriots Rochester, New York - now part of the territory of the Buffalo Bills Rock Island, Illinois - part of the Quad Cities, which has a mix of Bears, Packers and Vikings fans St. Louis, Missouri - hosted NFL as late as 2015, now a mix of Bears and Kansas City Chiefs fans Toledo, Ohio - now part of the territory for both the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions Tonawanda, New York - now part of the Buffalo Bills market
  7. Given recent events I am no longer proposing the regional brackets be named Blue and Gray. Instead, the bracket segment containing the non-Southern teams will be named the Osborne bracket after former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne, who won 3 national titles in his last 4 years with the school. Meanwhile, the bracket segment containing the Southern teams will be named the Bowden bracket, after Bobby Bowden, who coached two current P5 schools in the South, West Virginia and Florida State, though he is much more associated with the latter, where he coached for over 3 decades, winning two national titles in the 1990s - the first against Osborne's Cornhuskers. The criteria to whether a team would go in the Osborne or Bowden bracket is simple. If a team is located in a state defined by the US Census Bureau as being in the South, it goes in the Bowden bracket - even teams like Maryland, who nowadays more strongly identifies as part of the Northeast. If a team is located in any other state, it goes in the Osborne bracket.
  8. If Notre Dame has to cancel its season (which would be the first time since 1891 they did not play), they could re-evaluate whether Brian Kelly is truly the right fit for the program.
  9. The name should be Washington Presidents. It honors the city's status as the capital of the US. As part of the name change, the team colors are changed to red, white, and navy blue - the same colors as the American flag and the other three major teams in Washington.
  10. Surprised no one has said Brian Kelly. I think if no national title this year he will get the ax.
  11. I can tell you the American was much better than the ACC last year. A huge reason I'm bitter about OSU's loss to Clemson is that Clemson was the only truly good team the ACC officially had (compared to the bulk of good teams in the Big Ten), but I count Notre Dame too, they went 11-2. But because ND is technically not in ACC football, the Orange Bowl spot went to a Virginia team that lost to both ND and Clemson (the latter in a blowout in the ACC title game), which I also objected to. We were one season away from not having a team ranked below #20 in the final CFP poll make it to a NY6 game in this bowl cycle, but because of a technicality Virginia ruined that. And because of the American not being classified as a power conference only Memphis got to go to a NY6 game. Because the American had so many good teams, I think as long as they keep their current membership intact they should be promoted from the G5 (which would then become the G4) to the P5 (which becomes the P6 as the American had promoted for some time). The American champ would get an autobid to either the Peach Bowl if the champion is an Eastern time team or the Cotton Bowl if a Central time team, except in years where the Peach Bowl is a semifinal in which case Cotton Bowl regardless of time zone (during these years, there would be no true at-large team, as the Cotton Bowl would have to host the highest ranked G4 champion).
  12. I could see ABC getting half of the TNF package in a few years, Fox having the other half. Thing is new carriage contracts for the NFL Network would need to be signed that would allow all TNF package games to be simulcast on an over-the-air network. I think the NFL will do this because they'll realize that most of the NFLN-exclusive games feature teams that did poorly the previous season, and they don't want to be seen as punishing these teams for poor performance. Like for instance the Browns. Ever since the NFL began simulcasting some of the TNF package on a broadcast network in 2014, they have only appeared in 1 TNF game aired on a broadcast network nationwide. It was last year, and they regressed last year. Because they once again failed to improve in consecutive seasons, their TNF game is an NFLN exclusive this year. And I feel if the Browns underperform again, Mayfield will get the boot. If that happens, maybe they could go for Trevor Lawrence even if they have to trade up to get him (which would give him a chance to redeem himself in my eyes for beating both of my favorite CFB teams in the playoff in consecutive years).
  13. ...there's gonna be a few Southern teams playing up north while it's really cold. And they will have no choice in the matter. This could open the door for more such games, but played in November.
  14. Would it have killed the league to schedule anything BUT a division rivalry Thanksgiving night? Putting only division rivalries limits the opportunity to see more interesting games in that slot. And they didn't even give the Rams a home game in that slot. They blew a huge opportunity to end the longest active Thanksgiving drought. 2016-19 I understand because of using USC's stadium. But there was no excuse this time.
  15. BYU, Houston, SMU, South Florida, Memphis, and Temple. At the same time I have Oklahoma and Oklahoma State joining the SEC. While there has been talk of them joining the Pac-12, the SEC is a better geographic fit for them than the Pac-12.
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