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We know which four. Now we’ll see what order the CFP Committee puts them in.

Here’s my ranking.

  1. Alabama
  2. Michigan
  3. Georgia
  4. Cincinnati

Not much to bitch about here, although bitching about the CFP is a full-time gig for many of you. The Committee got it right. The system worked. No, we don’t need a 16-team tournament. No, we actually don’t need an 8-team playoff, either, although it’s clear we are going to get one pretty soon.

Folks who don’t understand the difference between football and basketball are folks who, well, don’t understand the difference between football and basketball.

There is never a year in which 16 teams have a case in big-time football. It works at the FCS level because there IS a high degree of parity. And because that 16-team playoff is the only time anybody pays any attention to FCS football, to be brutally frank.

But Big Boy Football is different. See the above list of four teams. Nobody else has a case. Oklahoma State blew it. Notre Dame lost to Cincinnati.

I don’t WANT “Cinderella” to eff up football. I don’t WANT the top seed to lose their quarterback in a meaningless first round game against #16, and then lose the following week.

I want to see the best team win the title.

That’s what’s going to happen this year. They got it right. The system worked.

Let’s just enjoy it.

You want a huge playoff?  We HAVE one. It’s called the college football regular season, and it’s why that season is more compelling than any other.

Now, regarding Alabama. Hell, no, I didn’t see that coming.  For 12 weeks, the Georgia defense looked like it really might be the best in college football history. That front was unblockable. ‘Bama has had trouble on the offensive line all year. Yes, absolutely, I thought the Bulldogs were going to win the football game.

So Saban made a decision. We’re not really going to be able to run the ball, especially not early.  So we’re gonna chuck it. All day.

That’s risky, because it assumes you can protect Bryce Young.

But it worked out pretty well, wouldn’t you say?

421 yards. Three touchdown passes. Another td rushing. Hello CFP. Hello Heisman.

But here’s what happened, and you can’t tell me otherwise. I’ll promise you that Saban essentially told his team, “They’re really good. But you know what? We’re still Alabama. And they’re still Georgia.”

Yep.

NFL today?  K.C.-Denver looks like fun. Chargers-Bengals will be entertaining as well.

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I clearly have the attention span of your median fruit fly.Look! Airplane!

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It’s both a curse and a blessing. I’ve never bought this stuff about, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” But I do think that a wide range of life experiences helps us grow as people, and helps us better relate to other people. I’ve been fortunate. And I am beyond grateful.

I show up on time. I go like hell. I’m a good listener. I hold myself accountable. I own my mistakes. And I have a natural and an insatiable curiosity. I’m never afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t. But then I try to find out.

The flip side is I’m a lousy ballroom dancer and my clothes sometimes fit me funny.

Stuff matters to me. I care. But while I take that stuff seriously, I try hard to never take myself seriously. As a result, I have sometimes been told, “Paul, it’s hard to tell when you’re serious and when you’re just having some fun. Which is it? Serious or fun?”

My answer is “yes.” But I think that is a legitimate criticism. I promise I’m going to work on that.

This has been the quickest and strangest half-century I’ve ever experienced. During that period, I’ve been afforded amazing opportunities in news and sports journalism across all platforms. I have taught wonderful students at the high school and collegiate level. Always, I learned more from them than they did from me. I’ve been a high school administrator. I spent ten seasons as a high school varsity football coach. I’ve been an advertising executive. I’ve hosted nationally syndicated television entertainment shows. In maybe the biggest honor I ever received, I was selected by NASA to be “Chet The Astronaut” for the “Land The Shuttle” simulator at Space Center Houston. (All I can say there, is “Do as I say, not as I do.” I put that thing in the Everglades more often than not.) Most recently, I just wrapped up a decade as a television news director, during which time our teams distinguished themselves in holding the powerful accountable, achieving both critical and ratings success.

What does all that mean? It means I am profoundly grateful. It also means I’m ready for “next.” So here we are. Radically Rational. It’s an idea I woke up with in 2017. I scribbled “Radically Rational” on a piece of notebook paper and used a magnet to stick it on our refrigerator. I saw it every day, and it just would not leave me alone.

I am second in charge at Radically Rational, LLC. My wife, Jo (also known as BB), is the president. Clearly, I have failed in my attempt to sleep my way to the top of this organization.

I hope you will learn that I’m loyal as a Labrador. But I will admit that this doggie can bite every now and then. My promise to you? I will show up on time. I will go like hell. I will listen to you earnestly and attentively. I will hold myself accountable. I will never be the least bit hesitant to say, “I don’t know,” when I don’t.

But then I’ll try to find out. Let’s do it.