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LINKS: College Football Playoff Ends New Year's Eve Semifinals

Sanity dawns on the semifinal playoff scheduling, potential trap games for the Vols, and more- it's your weekend links!

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  • Morning folks. Here's another one for Josh Dobbs' preseason watchlist pile- yesterday Dobbs was added to the (deep breath) College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year Trophy Watch List. Dobbs is also on watchlists for the Walter Camp award, the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Wuerffel Trophy. That's- a lot of preseason watchlists! We didn't even know that last one was a thing.

  • The always-solid Brad Shepard at B/R has a good rundown of potential Vols trap games this season, though it does list like five potential slipup games. It's been a tough decade.

  • In a pretty unsurprising change, the College Football Playoff has ended their quixotic quest to make both the playoff semifinals and New Year's Eve as inconvenient as possible, by announcing that future semifinal games will be held on the Saturday prior to December 31st, and never on New Year's Eve itself. For those (read:everybody) hoping they'd just move them to New Year's Day- no such luck (#ThanksStupidRoseBowl). Additionally, the schedule for the National Championship game itself will not be moved, setting up some loooong layovers between playoff rounds.

  • Kentucky is now claiming they won the 1950 National Title, despite, y'know, losing that year to an undefeated (and actual National Champion) Vols team. We're not even mad. Bless their hearts.

  • Pertinent to Will's article yesterday, RBR has an interesting look at the (frankly criminal) pricing of remarket SEC tickets, chalking up much of the cost inflation to skyrocketing prices for out-of-conference games. (Tickets to LSU-Wisconson are $514 ACTUAL AMERICAN DOLLARS???)
Happy Weekend!