26 Oct

Kirk Herbstreit Proposes Major Change To The College Football Playoff

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit would like the College Football Playoff to make a significant change to its selection process.The longtime ESPN analyst discussed earlier this month an idea to change the College Football Playoff.Herbstreit first heard of the idea from former Nebraska star Adam Carriker.The idea: Play all of the major bowl games and then pick either the best two or four teams after the bowl games.“Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select ‘best’ 4,” he tweeted.Love this idea from @AdamCarriker94 And it makes a lot of sense. Eliminate the conference championship games-play the traditional bowls-pick best 4 AFTER those traditional match ups and have the playoff after. Would make bowls more exciting and easier to select “best” 4.— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) January 2, 2019Herbstreit expounded on this idea while speaking to FanSided.com.I think I would go back to the traditional bowl matchups where you have … example, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 playing in the Rose Bowl and the SEC champ going to the Sugar Bowl, and so on and so forth. Then I would at the end of all those bowl games, I would take the best two, or the best four teams after the bowl games, and then I would play a championship.Before the bowl games were played, a lot of people, including myself, thought Georgia was a very deserving team. They obviously lost to Texas. Ohio State was able to win their bowl game against Washington. It’d be hard. I’m not saying you would have to pick four teams. Maybe it’s just two. Maybe you play all the bowl games and there are two obvious teams after the bowl games to pick and put ’em in the championship.That way the bowl games can keep their meaning. That way people would still be excited about the bowl game. You never know what can happen in the bowls. You never know. You might be the lucky team that might get picked to be in post bowl games to play for the championship, so that’s what I would do. Instead of looking at expanding it to four, or to eight, or keep it at four, go back down to two, I would get back to some of the history and tradition of the sport.It’s a cool idea, but it’s tough to see the conferences getting rid of their conference championship games – especially the SEC.You could potentially keep all of the conference championship games, play all of the bowl games and then just pick the best two games after the bowl season.Regardless, it’s tough to see college football making such a drastic change just a couple of years into its playoff format.The College Football Playoff national title game is set for 8 p.m. E.T. tonight. Alabama and Clemson will be playing on ESPN.last_img read more

12 Oct

Expectations High for Moroccan Team After World Cup Final Draw

Rabat – After a nearly 20-year absence, the Atlas Lions are heading back to the 2018 World Cup taking place in Russia next summer. The Moroccan team was placed today in Group B along with its neighbor, Spain, as well as Portugal and Iran.The Moroccan team showed its great determination in the World Cup qualifiers against notable African opponents like Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, and Mali. The Moroccan team will have to keep up this determination when playing against the most toughest football teams in the world: La Roja (Spain), Portugal, and Iran.The Lions will play against Iran in their first match, which is scheduled to take place on June 15. Morocco’s first World Cup opponent team was ranked 32th in the recent FIFA ranking and has qualified for the World Cup five times (in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014 and 2018). The Moroccan team has been hitting international headlines throughout the World Cup qualifiers, as they finished undefeated. The fabulous victory against Cote d’Ivoire in the last qualifier on November 11 proved the team’s great will to do better achievements in the tournament’s next phase.After Iran, Morocco will face Portugal on June 20, the third best team in November’s FIFA ranking. The team has made six appearances in the World Cup, in 1966, 1986, 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014, with the 2018 edition to be their seventh. The next battle for the Moroccan Lions will be against their neighboring team, La Roja. The Morocco-Spain match is scheduled to take place on June 25. The Spanish team is one of the most present teams at the World Cup finals, with 14 appearances out of the 20 tournaments. The Moroccan team has rejoined the heroes who returned to the World tournament for the first time since 1998. “Finally, Morocco will be in Spain’s way towards reaching the group of sixteen,” wrote Spanish news outlet Marca after the World Cup final draw, which placed the Moroccan team in the same group as the Spanish team was placed (Group B).Calling Morocco “one of the traditional powers of Africa, which in recent times had lost relevance,” the Spanish sports site noted that the team has now regained its prestige, owing to the work done by their French coach, Herve Renard.The Frenchman played an eminent role in the Moroccan team’s qualification. The team also called on the most skilfull Moroccan international and local footballers, who did their utmost to defend their Moroccan jersey during the World Cup qualifiers.“Footballers have already accustomed to the European elite as [Mehdi] Benatia (Juventus), Achraf [Hakimi] (Real Madrid), [Nordin] Amrabat (Leganes) or [Younes] Belhanda (Galatasaray) will make the African team a complicated opponent for Lopetegui,” wrote Marca, referring to Julen Lopetegui, a former Spanish footballer and current manager of Spanish national football team.Lopetegui said that Spain will face “one of the most toughest teams, including the Moroccan team who excluded the Ivorian team in the World Cup qualifiers.”These footballers are one of the best Moroccan players, who scored many goals and mezmorized their supporters with great performances during the qualifiers along with other footballers, including Hakim, Ziyech, Nabil Dirar, Faycal Fajr, and Khalid Boutaib. Mustapha Hadji, former Moroccan football legend and currently the team’s assistant coach, said that the Moroccan team was placed in a “deadly group.” Hadji, who was present during the Moscow’s draw, told Moroccan radio station Mars that “[the Moroccan team] has its say during the first match, we have to negotiate it,” adding that this match will “condition the remaining course of Morocco in the World Cup.”“After Iran, we will manage match by match,” said the former legend. “We have our chance, we have our card to play.”This will be the fifth time Morocco will participate in the World Cup, after previously playing in 1970, 1986, 1994, and 1998. read more