Morning Playbook – Getting ready for postseason changes


Before we get started, we recommend you get your day started with a well-balanced breakfast. This may or may not include a bowl of Cornhusker All Stars…

Would love to see those trading cars if anyone has them. HT: Reddit

Today is the day that could officially change college football postseason’s future with the adoption of a four-team playoff model. The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee meets in Washington D.C. today to review the plan unanimously supported by the commissioners and any other last-ditch options thrown in to the mix for consideration, including the Plus-1 model. All indications seem to suggest the four-team playoff model will be approved.

Some of the details of the four-team playoff may have been reported already, which would include national semifinals to be played New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day and a championship game to be played 10 days later. The semifinal games would rotate between the existing BCS games and perhaps one or two others (Cotton Bowl?). The championship game site will be up for bidding, and cities are already lining up to place their bid. A selection committee is expected to be formed to determine the four teams in the playoff.

Will today be the day? It sure seems like it.

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With the era of a new college football season likely, you might be wondering how the payouts from postseason games may affect your favorite schools and conferences. Kristi Dosh of suggests not much will change in that department.

Missouri is going all out with their move to the SEC. First came the billboards, then the new uniforms and new artificial turf. Missouri is not done there, as they will increase seating capacity in Memorial Stadium by at least 6,000 seats as well as more premium seating.

Speaking of stadium renovations, the Citrus Bowl renovation project is long overdue and much-needed. The 76-year old facility will undergo a $175 million renovation starting in 2014 paid for by Orlando (once the money is available) and will result in 8,000 club seats, more restrooms and concession stands and more. If you could not tell, Orlando seems ready to prove they are capable of holding a national semifinal game, it would appear. With the renovation start date not until 2014, it remains to be seen if this will actually happen, and if it does it these ambitious plans are scaled back or not.

Butch Davis may no longer be the head coach of North Carolina, but his son has walked on to the football team anyway. Drew Davis has enrolled at UNC and walked on to play quarterback to accomplish half of his goal to play at North Carolina for his father. The Tar Heels fired Butch Davis prior to last season.

The dispute over broadcasting of the Texas Tech-Texas State game has come to an end it would seem. The Red Raiders opposed to being shown on the Longhorn Network and threatened to buy out of the game despite only being left with 11 games this season (Texas State would have been in the same situation as well). Cooler heads may have prevailed as the game will broadcast on the digital format of

Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese are practicing at Notre Dame despite recently being arrested. Head coach Brian Kelly said the two have been cleared to participate in all workouts.

Florida International head coach Mario Cristobal is getting a well-deserved raise. But, wil it assure he does not take another job should the right opportunity come along?

Staying in the state of Florida, Chadd Scott suggests Florida State should fire Jimbo Fisher immediately if he is meddling in conference realignment.

Would the SEC be better off with a North and South division split? Saturday Down South discusses.

Congratulations to Texas Longhorns wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who will be representing our country in the upcoming Olympics in London in the long jump. The two-time NCAA long jump champion clinched a spot on the Olympic team with a career best long jump of 27 feet, four inches.

A 1990 Georgia Tech national championship Coke bottle.

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