HOUSTON (CBS-Houston) – The College Football Playoff Committee had a relatively easy time this past Tuesday, assumed, on decisions for the top 4 teams since all posted victories. However, 5 thru 10 might have been a little more difficult when considering the placement of Alabama, TCU, Kansas State, Michigan State, Arizona State, and Notre Dame. One of the biggest questions for some is whether or not Arizona State and/or Michigan State deserved to be ranked higher than a Notre Dame team that had a quality loss at No.2 Florida State. Brings up the issue of quality losses.
Meanwhile, there will plenty of quality Saturday matchups we discuss including No.5 Alabama at SEC foe and No.14 LSU. The Tide have won their last three at Arkansas, versus Texas A&M, and at Tennessee. However, Les Myles and his Tigers are returning from an off week and one of their biggest wins in school history. They defeated Ole Miss 10-7 in ‘Death Valley’ back on October 25th with a stingy defense. In fact, LSU is the 4th best scoring defense in the nation while Alabama is two slots better. So, this game will focus on turnovers and sheer will.
Locally, surging Rice will host a feisty and veteran 2-6 UTSA team coached by Larry Coker. We get a preview from the reigning and affable C-USA Championship head coach, David Bailiff, whose team has won five straight. He also shares his thoughts on conference foe Marshall in the national ranking picture.
Finally, today’s high-octane college football game relies heavily on the decisions of the men wearing striped shirts. They are college football officials; the caretakers of the game on the field. They MUST get the call right! Oftentimes their game-influencing decisions are bigger than the game itself.
Hence, to get the inside scoop, we have a chat with a man who knows all about making those game-influencing calls. He’s Rogers Redding, CFO National Coordinator of Football Officials. If you think calling today’s game is easy, you’ll first want to hear what Redding has to say about what it takes to make the grade as a game-day official. It’s not as easy as you might think!