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July 20th, 2013

For those of you who are regular followers of my blog, you will know that I am the current coordinator of the NCAA-recognized College Football Researchers Association Poll.

The College Football Researchers Association was originally founded by the late Anthony Cusher of Reeder, North Dakota in 1982.  It was an organization modeled after the Professional Football Researchers Association (PFRA) consisting of college football fans and writers dedicated to researching and analyzing the history of the game.  The CFRA retrospectively elected national champions from the years of 1919-1981 based on a poll created by Harry Carson Frye and also voted on present-day national champions during the years of 1982-1992.  They published their results in a monthly bulletin produced by Robert Kirlin of Spokane, Washington until after the ’92 season when the association ceased operations and several successor organizations, operating under different names, were created.

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April 16th, 2012

First of all, I’d like to apologize for the month-long hiatus between my last blog entry and this one.  I’ve pretty much been too busy celebrating my amazing Norfolk State pick and Kentucky’s eighth national championship to sit down and write my annual recap of the most recent college basketball season.  The past few tournaments have produced great upsets, fantastic finishes, and heart-warming Cinderella stories, but have all ended sadly with a team I disliked winning the ultimate championship.  In fact, there hasn’t been a national champion who I didn’t despise since Kansas in 2008.  Well, 2012 was the year of redemption for me as not only did several special upsets happen, but the tournament ended with the University of Kentucky (my favorite team growing up) being crowned NCAA champion.  Sure, this year’s tourney wasn’t perfect.  My alma mater didn’t make the field (Wake Forest), there wasn’t a single buzzer beater (or anything close to one really), and not a single late round Cinderella story emerged to captivate us all.  Nevertheless, 2012 might go down as my all-time favorite NCAA tournament for several reasons which I will highlight below.

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March 15th, 2012

Here’s my 2012 tourney bracket.  Just for the record, I had Syracuse winning it all before the Melo suspension.  Hope you all love my huge first round upset!

http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/entry?entryID=1368748

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March 11th, 2012

If you would like to see this in bracket form, let me know and I’ll send you an excel copy of the bracket.  The  regional final four pairings are Region 1 vs. Region 2 and Region 3 vs. Region 4.

Region 1

(1) Washington vs. (8) UT-Arlington

(4) Dayton vs. (5) Illinois

(3) Nevada vs. (6) Akron

(2) Northwestern vs. (7) Arkansas

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Region 2

(1) Miami-FL vs. (8) Valparaiso

(4) Arizona vs. (5) Central Florida

(3) Middle Tennesee vs. (6) LSU

(2) Oral Roberts vs. (7) Iowa

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Region 3

(1) Mississippi State vs. (8) Savannah State

(4) UMass vs. (5) Minnesota

(3) Oregon vs. (6) Wyoming

(2) Marshall vs. (7) Pittsburgh

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Region 4

(1) Drexel vs. (8) Stony Brook

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March 11th, 2012

If you would like to see this in bracket form, let me know and I’ll send you an excel copy of the bracket.  My regional final four pairings are Midwest vs. West and East vs. South.

Midwest Regional- St. Louis, MO (March 23, 25)

(1) Kentucky vs. (16) UNC-Asheville- Thursday March 15 (Louisville, KY)

(8) Cincinnati vs. (9) Harvard- Thursday March 15 (Louisville, KY)

(5) Murray State vs. (12) South Florida/NC State- Thursday March 15 (Portland, OR)

(4) Wisconsin vs. (13) South Dakota State- Thursday March 15 (Portland, OR)

(6) Creighton vs. (11) West Virginia- Thursday March 15 (Albuquerque, NM)

(3) Baylor vs. (14) Montana- Thursday March 15 (Albuquerque, NM)

(7) San Diego State vs. (10) Southern Miss- Friday March 16 (Columbus, OH)

(2) Michigan State vs. (15) Detroit- Friday March 16 (Columbus, OH)

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March 11th, 2012

Justin and I unveil our final brackets because today is Selection Sunday!  We welcome special guest Greg for his first appearance on the show.  Check out Greg’s excellent bracketology at http://quantball.wordpress.com.  The three of us run down our s-curves debating any teams with wide seeding margins.  We each have a surprise bubble team as well.  I like Oral Roberts, Greg likes Drexel, and Justin likes Marshall.  Tune in for the lively debate and then make sure to check out the real brackets at 6:00 pm EST.

http://68and16sportscast.tumblr.com/

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March 11th, 2012

Well… the day has finally arrived!  Our Christmas presents will be revealed for us tonight at 6:00.  Here are the final seeds I have assigned to the NCAA and NIT tourney fields.  I will publish a full bracket with seeds, sites, and game times later this afternoon, but I thought I would go ahead and just post the seeds so that you have an idea if your team is in or out and along what seed line you can expect to see your favorite team later tonight.  Any discrepancies between these seeds and the ones published later today will be a result of bracketing principles and procedures which may force me to move a particular team up or down a seed.

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March 9th, 2012

Here are my latest NCAA and NIT bracket projections.  The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  In the NCAA bracket, the italicized teams are ones who have either won their conference tourney championship or are predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  The italicized teams in my NIT projection have clinched an auto bid to that tournament by winning their regular season conference championship and then losing in the conference tournament.  Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season.

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March 8th, 2012

Here are my latest NCAA and NIT bracket projections.  The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  In the NCAA bracket, the italicized teams are ones who have either won their conference tourney championship or are predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  The italicized teams in my NIT projection have clinched an auto bid to that tournament by winning their regular season conference championship and then losing in the conference tournament.  Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season.

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March 7th, 2012

Here are my latest NCAA and NIT bracket projections.  The teams below are displayed below on an S-curve, so they are ranked from left to right within each seeding line.  In the NCAA bracket, the italicized teams are ones who have either won their conference tourney championship or are predicted to win their conference tourney and gain an automatic bid to the dance.  The italicized teams in my NIT projection have clinched an auto bid to that tournament by winning their regular season conference championship and then losing in the conference tournament.  Also, just to clarify, my bracket projection is intended to project the NCAA Tournament field if it was chosen today.  Unlike some bracketologists, I am not trying to predict how each team will finish the season.

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