Larry Scott: Big 12-SEC bowl revives plus-one talk


Oh, good grief.

Of the myriad angles derived from Big 12-SEC “Champions Bowl”, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott just took one that willingly places college football a spot or three behind on the evolution chart.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Scott (pictured) said the new bowl agreement was a “game-changer” in reviving talks about a plus-one. As a brief refresher, a plus-one is where all 35 bowl games are played and two teams are then voted into a separate national championship game. It is truly nothing more than a process that delays the controversy marring the postseason status quo by a few weeks.

According to Scott,  a championship game that matched the winners of the Big 12-SEC bowl and Rose Bowl could work so long as there was a way to include teams from other conflollolololol!!!!1!1!1!!! 

“I’d say before Friday that idea of a plus-one didn’t have much traction, but I think the announcement on Friday’s a game-changer,” Scott said. “We’re pretty far down the path on four-team playoff options, but given the very positive reaction to what the SEC and Big 12 have done, it’s possible that (a plus-one) could get some traction.”

Possible? Sure. An industry source told George Schroeder of the Eugene Register-Guard earlier this week that a simplified plus-one consisting of the so-called Champions Bowl and Rose Bowl (re: “consolidation of power”) was “very logical.” Stewart Mandell of Sports Illustrated added a simplified plus-one could become a favorable option among university presidents.

Remember, the Big 12-SEC agreement acts, intentionally or otherwise, as a security blanket in the unlikely event that either league champion fails to make a four-team playoff; having a simplified plus-one would all but officially eliminate that possibility since it would serve as one of the semifinal games.

Yes, technically a plus-one doesn’t consist of “semifinal games”, but come on now. If the champions of the Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC are all in a position to play for a national title (and more often than not they are) then isn’t it a matter of those teams controlling their own postseason destiny?

But, inevitable controversy aside, is a plus-one probable at this stage in the process? Let’s refer back to Scott’s own words.

“We’re pretty far down the path on four-team playoff options…”

The BCS committee, consisting of all 11 conference commissioners and Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick, has less than two months to decide on all those remaining options for postseason format. Some conferences are already done or are in the process of wrapping up spring meetings, where playoff discussions were set to take place. Changing anything significant now based on some “traction” would set those talks back months, at least.

So, in conclusion, Larry Scott is trolling the media.

And he succeeded. No wonder he’s the highest paid commissioner in college athletics.

Toledo announces future three-game series with Kentucky

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How about a little Power Five-Group of Five scheduling news to start off your Wednesday morning?

This week, Toledo announced that it has reached an agreement on a future three-game series with Kentucky, which is essentially a home-and-home plus a one-off.  The two schools will play in Lexington during the 2025 and 2028 seasons, with the Wildcats traveling to the Glass Bowl in 2027.

Specific dates for those matchups, which will be the first-ever between the school, weren’t divulged.

“We are very pleased to enter in this three-game series with the University of Kentucky,” said UT athletic director Mike O’Brien in a statement. “Bringing an SEC opponent into the Glass Bowl is huge for our football program and for our fans. We look forward to an exciting series with the Wildcats, beginning with the game in Lexington this fall.”

That 2027 game will mark just the second time an SEC school has ever traveled to Toledo for a football game, with the first being Missouri in 2014.  All told, the Rockets have played four games against members of that conference and have gone 1-3 in those contests, with the lone win coming against Arkansas in 2015.

Love lost as Memphis LB enters transfer portal

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For the third time this offseason, Memphis has seen a member of its football program sucked into the infamous portal.

Citing a source familiar with the decision, the Memphis Commercial Appeal is reporting that Nyle Love has entered his name into the transfer database.  No specific reason was given for the departure, although positioning on the depth chart would be a likely place to start.

Other FBS schools will be able to contact Love without receiving U-M’s permission, with the linebacker also retaining the ability to return to the Tigers if he so desires.  As we have noted multiple times in the past, the school now also has the option to strip Love of his scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered the portal.

If Love moves on to another FBS school, it’s very likely he’ll have to sit out the 2019 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

Love didn’t play a down for Tigers after coming to the AAC school as a three-star 2018 signee.

USC confirms JT Daniels is still Trojans’ starting QB

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The drama in the Land of Troy, such as it was, is officially over.

For most, there was a three-man battle for USC’s starting quarterback job throughout this offseason — incumbent JT Daniels, Matt Fink and Jack Sears.  Tuesday, the Trojans ended the competition charade by confirming that Daniels will indeed be the team’s starter when they open the 2019 season later this month.

Most intriguing, though, is the fact that true freshman Kedon Slovis, who has been mostly an afterthought in the competition, has been chosen as the true sophomore Daniels’ backup over Fink, a redshirt junior, and Sears, a redshirt sophomore.

Daniels started 11 games as a true freshman for the Trojans this past season, with Sears starting the other.  Fink seriously contemplated a transfer this offseason before opting to remain at USC.  Slovis, meanwhile, was a three-star 2019 signee who was rated as the No. 26 pro-style quarterback in the country.

In his first season as a starter, Daniels completed almost 60 percent of his 363 passes for 2,672 yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Michigan transfer Brandon Peters wins starting QB job at Illinois

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Michigan transfer Brandon Peters has won the quarterback derby at Illinois, Lovie Smith announced Tuesday.

“We loved Brandon when we got a chance to know him during the recruiting process,” Smith said. “Now that we’ve seen him on the field, he has been everything we though he would be. He has really thrown the ball well and is a better runner than he’s given credit for. Most importantly, he has moved into a leadership role for us. We’re pumped up about Brandon leading us heading into the season.”

A former 4-star recruit, the Avon, Ind., native is a graduate transfer who still has two years of eligibility remaining.

At Michigan he appeared in 10 games with four starts, completing 53 percent of his 110 throws for 680 yards and four touchdowns.

Illinois opens its season Aug. 31 at home versus Akron.