After the furor of the Super Bowl, American football usually takes a well-earned and much-needed seven-month break. However, in 2019, this hiatus only lasted around a week due to the advent of the Alliance of American Football league.
It's just football, and that's a great start.
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The Prediction Tracker, which monitors more than 60 computer rating systems, shows the Congrove Computer Rankings had the best record for projecting outright winners in the second half of the 2018 season.
The CCR also had the most correct straight-up predictions in the second-half of 2014, and the best record against-the-spread for the entire 2016 campaign.
Every year, college football fans are eager to discover how well, or how badly, their team is expected to perform in the upcoming season. Magazines such as Phil Steele, Athlon's and Lindy's hit the newsstands as early as Memorial Day weekend, and a few of the top college football websites also offer their predictions. A ton of research and effort goes into the mix.
Blame the calendar, but virtually everything in college football in 2019 will run a week behind.
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Maxwell Football Club President, Mark Dianno, announced that Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has been selected as the winner of the 60th Bert Bell Professional Player of the Year Award, and that the Chiefs Andy Reid has been chosen as the winner of the 30th Greasy Neale Professional Coach of the Year Award.
Revised Nielsen Ratings show the 2019 Alabama-Clemson College Football Playoff National Championship was the most watched of their three head-to-head title contests with a final Total Live Audience topping out at nearly 27 million viewers. Out-of-Home and Additional Streaming Reporting added 1.7 million viewers to the previously reported championship game audience. Meanwhile, the New Year’s Six games were the most-watched among non-New Year’s Day semifinal seasons.
When Akron announced Tom Arth as the successor to Terry Bowden on December 14, the coaching carousel ride had come to an end. Twenty head coaching positions had changed hands and every position had been filled.
Alas, the ride was not over.
CFP founder Dave Congrove is a voting member in the FWAA-NFF Super 16 Football Poll, as well as the College Football Hall Of Fame, Fred Biletnikoff Award, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, Ray Guy Award, plus Maxwell and Bednarik Awards.
He's also a nominating member for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Outland Trophy, and the FWAA All-America Team
Clemson was No. 1 in the Congrove Computer Rankings heading into the game, and easily finished the season on top after routing Alabama 44-16 in the College Football National Championship final. The computer rankings had the Tigers favored by 4.83 to win the game, opposite of the consensus 6-point spread favoring Alabama.
It's official. Dabo Swinney is a pain in Nick Saban's tail. Clemson reeled off the last 30 points of the contest on its way to a 44-16 rout over Alabama in Santa Clara on Monday night (January 7) to become the national champions of the 2018 season.