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Top 4 in Rankings Remain Same, but College Football Playoff Keeps Things Interesting

nytimes.com — Before this season, those who favored going from a two-team playoff under the Bowl Championship Series to a four-team playoff - without expanding to six or eight teams, as some had hoped - cited the Goldilocks principle. Four teams, they said, would increase fans' interest and teams' opportunities without diluting the most intense regular season in American sports.

After Fans Jump Around, Wisconsin’s Band Keeps the Place Hopping

nytimes.com — Before there was "Jump Around," there was "You've Said It All." The blasting of House of Pain's 1992 song "Jump Around" from the loudspeakers between the third and fourth quarters at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis., and the way that 80,000 fans follow the song's instructions and thus create the sensation of an earthquake (the press box really does shake), have become a media sensation.

Florida State Fans Spare Coach Jimbo Fisher the Tough Questions

nytimes.com — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - "What is it about this team, this year, that throughout your career you'll always remember?" "Do you think that the Marching Chiefs" - the university's marching band - "motivate the team during the game?"

Alabama Takes Top Spot in the College Football Playoff Rankings

nytimes.com — On Tuesday night, when it released its fourth set of rankings, the 12-member College Football Playoff selection committee told the five major conferences how it really feels about them. Each conference is led by a zero- or one-loss team. In selecting as its top four No. 1 Alabama, No.

Four Questions About the Four-Team College Football Playoff

nytimes.com — The 12-member committee charged with determining the four teams to make college football's first playoff will release its latest rankings Tuesday. It will then release two others, on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2, before the final rankings, on Dec. 7 - which are the only ones that truly matter.

In Playoff Rankings, a Strong Finish Could Outweigh Strength of Schedule

nytimes.com — MADISON, Wis. - As the snow fell on a Wisconsin team that was demolishing Nebraska on Saturday, the crowd shouted, "Mel-vin Gor-don," and "Heis-man." The chants seemed appropriate given that on only 25 carries across the first three quarters, Gordon rushed for a Football Bowl Subdivision record 408 yards and 4 touchdowns.

Florida Fires Football Coach Will Muschamp

nytimes.com — Will Muschamp, who has compiled a 27-20 record in four seasons as Florida's football coach, was fired Sunday, though he will remain at the helm for the team's last two games, against Eastern Kentucky and No. 2 Florida State. "We are not where the program needs to be and should be," Florida's athletic director, Jeremy Foley, said in a statement.

The Teams Most Likely to Make the College Football Playoff

nytimes.com — Correction: November 17, 2014 An earlier version of this interactive misstated a possible outcome in the Atlantic Coast Conference football race. Clemson and Florida State cannot play in the conference title game because they are in the same division.

Nebraska-Wisconsin and Other So-Called Rivalries Pop Up After Realignment

nytimes.com — MADISON, Wis. - Two weeks from Saturday, Wisconsin and Minnesota will play for the 124th time. Their rivalry is the most prolific in major college football, one that goes back to the 1890s. In the early days, the winner took home a wooden slab of bacon, but the slab was lost (it was rediscovered 20 years ago).

Jameis Winston Hearing Is Postponed

nytimes.com — A disciplinary hearing to examine whether Jameis Winston violated Florida State's honor code has been postponed to Dec. 1 after his lawyer requested more time to prepare, according to a person with knowledge of the proceedings.
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Nov 25, 2014

RT @NYTSports: Even as the rankings' top 4 stay the same, the College Football Playoff keeps things interesting, @marcatracy writes. nyti.ms/1xYXUTW

Nov 25, 2014

RT @ESPNStatsInfo: 2 Group of 5 teams are ranked in the CFP Top 25 (Boise St, Marshall). They are the 1st Group of 5 teams ranked since Oct. 28 (East Carolina)

Nov 25, 2014

Will say this: if the Uber flap does anything, it should prompt NYC to make a cab-hailing app.

Nov 25, 2014

Happy snow season. I wrote in Jan. about weather.com's new editorial mission, naming of winter storms newrepublic.com/article/116087…

Nov 25, 2014

Here's what LeBron instagrammed last night. Recall the Heat wore hoodies after Trayvon instagram.com/p/vzpgtcCTB8/

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