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  1. The 1964 college football season ended on November 28. Before getting into all things 1964 I do want to digress a little bit because I did overlook one thing announced at the annual meetings. The Rose Bowl has hosted a Bowl Semi-Final for two years so it will now steep aside. Replacing it will be the Cotton Bowl. Now right back to moving forward with 1964. The 1964 end of season rankings are as follows: #1 – Alabama Crimson Tide (SEC) #2 – Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest) #3 – Notre Dame Fighting Irish (independent) #4 – Michigan Wolverines (Big 10) #5 – Texas Longhorns (Southwest) #6 – Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big 8) #7 – LSU Tigers (SEC) #8 – Oregon State Beavers (AAWU) #9 – Ohio State Buckeyes (Big 10) #10 – USC Trojans (AAWU) The conference championship matchups are as follows: AAWU – #10 USC Trojans @ #8 Oregon State Beavers Big 8 – Oklahoma Sooners @ #6 Nebraska Cornhuskers Big 10 - #9 Ohio State Buckeyes @ #4 Michigan Wolverines SEC – Georgia Bulldogs @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide Southwest - #5 Texas Longhorns @ #2 Arkansas Razorbacks Five programs will be making their debut in the CBCS this season. In the AAWU championship Oregon State is making their debut and they will be hosting that conference championship game. Georgia, is unranked but they finished second place in the SEC and will therefore make their CBCS debut in that conferences championship game. Notre Dame, an independent is the highest ranked team not in a conference championship, so they have earned this years wild-card. This brings them to their debut. Meanwhile the Big 10 championship will feature 2 teams making their debut. This is the second year in a row that this has happened. In three years the Big 10 has now sent 6 different teams to their conference championship. This year it is the Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes getting in for their first shot at the tournament. Three teams have made it into the tournament for the third straight year; the USC Trojans, Oklahoma Sooners, and the Texas Longhorns. USC and Texas have each won a championship while the Sooners have not made it past the second round. This year the Sooners are in as an unranked team. They finished second in their Big 8 conference and will face the conferences defending champion Nebraska Cornhuskers. Alabama and Arkansas, the number 1 and 2 teams respectively, are returning to the tournament after having not made it last season. They each lost their conference championship back in 1962 but this time around they get to host their conference championship. For Arkansas it is a repeat against the defending champion Texas Longhorns, who are ranked #5. Alabama meanwhile will host the Georgia Bulldogs, a team making their debut and who are unranked. LSU is the lone ranked team that will not qualify for the playoffs. They are also in the SEC but because Georgia has a better in conference record then they do, Georgia gets in unraked while LSU is on the outside looking in. The schedule for the CBCS playoffs this year will be as follows: Saturday, December 12 – Conference Championships AAWU - #10 USC Trojans @ #8 Oregon State Beaver in Corvallis, Oregon Big 8 – Oklahoma Sooners @ #6 Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln, Nebraska Big 10 - #9 Ohio State Buckeyes @ #4 Michigan Wolverines in Ann Arbor, Michigan SEC – Georgia Bulldogs @ #1 Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Southwest - #5 Texas Longhorns @ #2 Arkansas Razorbacks in Fayetteville, Arkansas Saturday, December 19 – Wild Card Round tbd tbd Friday, January 1 – Bowl Semi-Finals Sugar Bowl at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana Cotton Bowl Classic at Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas Monday, January 11 – National Championship Game 3 At Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois
  2. Sometimes championship games start in way that makes you think “these are the two best teams of the year?” In the first quarter no one could score. No one could hold onto the ball. Each team fumbled the ball twice. Both times Illinois gave it up when they did so. As for Texas they lost it once but recovered it a second time. Perhaps that lone thing that sort of went right was a harbinger of things to come. The subtle early indicator that we got that Texas was indeed the better team. One would think but Texas also had an interception in the quarter while Illinois did not. The first quarter featured four turn overs but not a single point. The game did not clean up much by the second quarter. In this frame both teams would throw an interception. Texas had one more turnover on a fumble. The lone offensive positive of the quarter was a long drive that Illinois strung together that resulted in a 2-yard rush for a touchdown. At the half most, things seemed to be indicating that Illinois could actually win this thing. They had fewer turnovers, their defense was once again showing itself to be great, and they had a touchdown lead on the scoreboard. Texas had the ball to start the second half. Something shifted in the locker room at half-time because they were now a team with swagger. They manhandled the Illinois defense on a long opening drive that ended with a 4-yard passing touchdown. Now the score was even at 7. The Longhorn offense had it going, now the question was the Longhorn defense feeling the same swagger? YES they were! The Longhorns held the Fighting Illini to only 3 plays before they had to punt. The Longhorns second-second half possession was a repeat of the their first-second half possession. It ended on a 3-yard rush for a touchdown. The Longhorns now lead 14-7. The Longhorn offense did the same thing on the second possession that they had on the first and not to be outdone the defense made sure they did the same. Now the Longhorns had the ball again and they were rolling. Right? Well maybe not. As they were working down the field they once again fumbled the ball. Illinois picked the ball up and ran it back for a 34-yard touchdown. Now the score was tied at 14. Forcing Texas 3 and out on the next possession, Illinois got the ball back with time still available in the third quarter. Illinois made a drive down field and set up for a 9-yard field goal to give themselves the lead at the end of the third quarter 17-14. Illinois had a lead going into the fourth quarter, but they fell apart in that last period of the game. On their first drive they gave up the ball following a fumble. Texas struggled to drive the ball down field on the ensuing drive but then they broke through with a 35-yard pass for a touchdown. Now Texas was in front on the score board 21-17. On the ensuing possession Illinois again fumbled the ball and again Texas got the ball. Also, again Illinois was containing the Longhorns. Somehow however Texas nailed a 42-yard field goal. Now they were up 24-17. If you think that was impressive Illinois got a 52 yarder on their next possession. Now the score was 20-24 but Texas was still in front with time running out. Texas got the ball back and once more scored a touchdown. This following a drive and coming on a 6-yard rush at the end of that drive. This brought us to our final score of 31-20. As time was running down and Illinois was trying to make something happen they fumbled it one last time. Texas recovered the ball and that basically did it.
  3. So certainly, the lack of presence in the northeast, two years into the CBCS, is evident. The 2nd national championship game which is about to be played will be the 20th game thus far. If we were to divide up where those games have been played 7 will have been played in the deep south (2 Mississippi, 3 Louisiana, 1 Alabama, 1 Florida), 5 on the West Coast (California 4, Washington state 1), 4 in the western plains (Oklahoma 1, Nebraska 1, Texas 3), 3 in the mid-west (Wisconsin 1, Illinois 2) and only 1 in the northeast (New York). The lone northeast game was the first national championship game played at Yankee Stadium in New York. So, it was an awarded pre-determined location presented by the committee. Among the 17 schools that have made it into the tournament thus far, not a single one could be said to be from the northeast. Navy, the most recent season’s wild card qualifier, is perhaps the closest the northeast has gotten to qualify a program. Navy would hardly, as I would imagine you would agree, be considered to be from the northeast. Mid-Atlantic, Chesapeake, or Southern would better describe it regionally speaking. Being that I have used actually real historic standings I would be inclined to suggest that perhaps the lack of northeastern presence is just indicative of the fact that other regions of the country, most evidently the deep south, invest more in college football and are consequently more successful in it. This is not to say the northeast has an empty trophy case. The big cities of the northeast have of course long dominated professional sports in this country; the New York Yankees, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers (long before trust the process), Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Giants, and others. Now I’ll confess I’m a west-coaster, so excuse my ignorance if I do expose it, but it has always seemed to me that in the northeast people have always cared more about professional sports then college. With all that having been said I find your statement “IMO, the lack of an established conference for that (the ACC was a mid-Atlantic thing till recently) caused a huge percentage of the conference alignment headaches we have today.” thought provoking. Not only are you suggesting that modern conference alignment is a nightmare because of the mistakes in the past, you are in the same breath suggesting that the northeast has been the victim of this mismanagement and that has at the least contributed to poor historic performance and presence of northeastern college football programs. Correct me if I have read too much into you statement. Even if I have however it has already added to the discussion on the subject in my own head. While my original intent for this thread was to stick to actual history as close I can, I think I may be willing to venture out a little more into the fictional. I think doing so provides me a little more advantage to create unique story lines for this thread and develop a little more original content. So, let me just say this, in the world of the CBCS the committee, the sports media, and northeastern fans have begun a discussion on the subject. The public discussion will put so much pressure on the NCAA, the CBCS, and the conferences that change is coming! Stay tuned.
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  5. The CBCS hold their annual meetings just before the national championship game. At the meetings they deal with the matters that pertain to the coming seasons. After the meetings they held a press conference to make public the matters that are to be made public. First of all, they announced that Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois will be the host of the third National Championship Game. The games official logo, inspired by the Neoclassical columns of the stadiums most prominent feature, the east and west buildings, is presented. Next, they went into announcing the vote tally for the first round of the 1967/68 National Championship host cities. You the public voted as follows: Los Angeles, California – 29.17% of the vote Colorado Springs, Colorado – 25% of the vote Boone, North Carolina – 25% of the vote San Juan, Puerto Rico – 16.67% of the vote Seattle, Washington – 4.17% of the vote This means that Seattle will be eliminated. Now this campaign moves into the second stage. Each of the four cities had to declare what venue would host the event should they win the right to host the event. Those responses were as follows: Los Angeles, California – Dodgers Stadium Colorado Springs, Colorado – Falcon Stadium (40,828) Boone, North Carolina – Conrad Stadium (10,000) San Juan, Puerto Rico – Hiram Bithorn Stadium So now with this new information we go into a new round of voting. Based on what you know now who would you like to see host the 1967/68 National Championship Game 6? A new batch of candidate cities bidding to host the 1968/69 National Championship Game 7 were also announced. They are: Detroit, Michigan El Paso, Texas Brunswick, Maine Greenville, North Carolina San Diego, California So now you can vote on this question as well. What city do you want to see host the 1968/69 National Championship Game 7? Again, the lowest vote getting in both of these questions will be eliminated from the running at next seasons annual meetings.
  6. Texas is having one hell of a year. Right from the start in this one they were showing it. On the opening drive of the game they came down the field and finished on a 17-yard pass for a touchdown. Right away they jumped out in front on the scoreboard 7-0. Thing is Auburn was no slouch and they answered right back. Their push down the field was clearly more difficult to come by. In the end of their opening drive they too however got a touchdown. Theirs coming off of a 19-yard rush. So now the score was 7-7. The Auburn drive had consumed a lot of time. Texas got the ball back and consumed most of the remainder of the time to complete another scoring drive. This one finishing on a 7-yard rush. With the score at 14-7, Texas was in the lead but Auburn still had a little time left with the ball before the end of the quarter. Not enough time however to get back into Texas territory. What stood out in the second quarter was actually the Auburn defense. They were giving the Texas Longhorns fits. Right from the Longhorns first possession of the quarter. While they limited the Longhorns, they still did not stop them from picking up a 32-yard field goal at the end of that possession. Now the score was 17-7. Auburn got the ball back themselves but only lasted 3 and out, so they punted it away. It was a good one and it looked like they were going to force Texas to a 3 and out themselves. Instead the Longhorns broke out for a 71-yard rush for a touchdown. This brought the score to 24-7. Auburn’s defense was giving things their all but it seemed Texas was pulling away. Just as they were about to get discouraged their offense picked them up. On the ensuing possession the Tigers were craft-fully guided by their quarterback down the field. On a 23 yard pass they reached the end zone, cutting the lead to 24-14. That drive energized the Auburn team both on the field and on the sidelines. Out came the defense on the ensuing Texas possession and once again the forced the Longhorns off the field in just 3 plays. If the Auburn Tigers last possession had been crafty this one was artistic at least until they got into the red zone. With precision Auburn’s QB sculpted his team into scoring position. Silly penalties stalled their progress however and they were forced to settle for a field goal that brought the score to 24-17. That is how the half would finish. The Auburn Tigers defense had flexed their muscle in the second quarter now they wished to carry on in the second half. Early in the quarter they picked off the Longhorns quarterback. Down only 4 points, it looked like they could even this game up. Texas however had an undefeated record that they were not willing to squander now, half a game away from a National Championship Game appearance. They prevented the turnover from becoming Tigers points. Getting the ball back themselves the Longhorns came into scoring territory. They could not get a touchdown but rather settled for a 15-yard field goal. This pushed the lead back up to a more comfortable spot of 27-17. Auburn coach “Shug” Jordan was hot after they blew that opportunity only to allow Texas to build on their lead. He was getting onto his guys on the sideline and something resonated. Auburn made better use of possession of the ball this time around. They got all the way up to the goal line and then pushed it over on a 1-yard rush. The score was not 27-24. This would be the balance of scoring in the third quarter. It was not however in fact balanced. This was the first, and would end up the only, quarter of the game where Auburn outscored the Longhorns. Texas made some mistakes in the fourth quarter. They made some big ones and yet somehow, they came out smelling like, well I guess in this game “sugar” instead of “roses”. Their first drive of the quarter ended in an interception. Auburn got the ball back and were determined to score. A touchdown would give them the lead, a field goal would at the least tie the game. However, on their drive they would fumble the ball twice. The first time they recovered their own blunder but the second time Texas took possession of the ball. That turnover would hurt. Texas went down the field and scored. Now they lead 34-24. Auburn got the ball back and what did they do with it? Through an interception, that is what. It was now becoming clear, Texas was going to win this one. They once again turned a turnover into a touchdown. This one came very quickly. Two plays after the interception Texas rushed the ball into the end zone from 62 yards out. Now the score was 41-24. The score had ballooned. What was actually a close game now was looking something like a blowout. In the junk time however, the Longhorns did throw another interception of their own. As their luck would have it however Auburn could do nothing with the turnovers when they got them. Clearly Auburn had been defeated. Texas was going to the National Championship Game in San Francisco.