Morning Playbook – College football playoff plans begin forming in Chicago

Starting today the commissioners of the BCS will meet in Chicago with the intent to start putting together the details that will determine how the upcoming playoff structure will be assembled. Among the primary issues to settle on is the financial distribution between conferences [CBS Sports], which should be interesting to watch.

On a related note, the Orange Bowl and the ACC could be one step closer to working out a deal to field an opponent for the ACC champion, including options from the Big Ten, SEC and, yes, even Notre Dame. [ESPN]. This would obviously be a dose of bad news for the Big East, still with no lucrative bowl tie-in for their conference champion (Hello, Fiesta Bowl?). But I cannot say I am surprised the Orange Bowl would be weighing these possibilities to bring in a second-place Big Ten or SEC team. After all, I suggested it back in July.

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Yesterday we took a look at some of the weekend action, including Western Kentucky's trick-play victory over Kentucky. We are already starting to take a look at games coming up this weekend. We begin with Notre Dame hosting Michigan. Also, Arkansas head coach John L. Smith is on thin ice.

The SEC has suspended South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger for one game following his hit on a defenseless UAB player [CBS Sports]. Stay tuned to Crystal Ball Run as we discuss this topic a little later today.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini is just fine [Delany's Dozen], and running back Rex Burkhead is expected to return to the field this weekend against Idaho State. [Big Red Report]

Joker Phillips says the three Kentucky players charged with marijuana possession will remain with the team. [Kentucky Sports]

Old Dominion head coach Bobby Wilder is banning all of his players from Twitter for as long as they are a part of the football program, year-round. [The Virginia Pilot, HT Darren Rovell] says that is a bad decision.

Central Florida has filed an appeal to their NCAA mandated postseason ban. The Golden Knights are now eligible for postseason play until a ruling is made on the appeal. [ESPN] For what it is worth, Central Florida is off to a 2-1 start, just four wins shy of being bowl eligible.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin decided against taking pain-killers during Mizzou's weekend win over Arizona State. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]

Is Colorado the worst football program in the nation? One former Buffs player thinks so. [Dr. Saturday]

LSU had a practice and regularly scheduled Les Miles press conference canceled due to a bomb threat on LSU's campus. [AP, via FOX Sports]

The Alabama-LSU hype machine is already kicking in to gear now. [ESPN]

Wisconsin's off to a shaky start this year, but there is no quarterback competition. [Madtown Badgers]

Penn State's singing of the Alma Mater after their 34-7 win against Navy was a special moment. [Nittany Lions Den]

There was a rather big upset in college football over the weekend at the Division 3 level, with Buffalo State upending powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater 7-6. The key play to the upset was a beautifully executed hook-and-double-lateral. [Kegs 'n Eggs]

Rivals Clemson and South Carolina are both in the top ten together for the first time ever. [Tiger Net]

A look at the tailgating scene around the country [The Roosevelts] this past weekend, or random shots of girls posing for pictures mixed in with pictures of bros getting their pregame on.

Tulane shared an update on the status of Devon Walker. [College Football Talk]

It's official. Alabama will take on Virginia Tech in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta. [Chick-fil-A, via Twitter]

How do you beat Alabama? Hit, think and pray. [New York Times]

Some of the best [No 2-Minute Warning] and worst [Lost Lettermen] from week three around college football.

Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced October 9 [AP, via FOX Sports]. Coincidentally, or perhaps strategically, this takes place during a bye week for Penn State.

If you are going to be stupid enough to return a kick from your own one-yard line, you better be sure to break 11 tackles and return it 99 yards. [It's Always Sunny in Detroit]

Tweet of the Day

What LeBron James wants, LeBron James gets. The King has won an NBA title and an Olympic gold. Now he has his own Oregon Ducks helmet. What doesn't the guy have now?


Video of the Day

Ah LSU fans, this is a new one. At an LSU tailgate party this video of an older woman, old enough to be your grandmother, is doing a keg stand. More power to you granny.

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About Kevin McGuire

Contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Previously contributed to Host of the Locked On Nittany Lions Podcast. FWAA member and Philadelphia-area resident.