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STEWART MANDEL has covered the national college football beat since 1999, formerly for Sports Illustrated and SI.com and now as a senior columnist for Fox Sports and Fox Sports 1 contributor. His popular online Mailbag column is a weekly staple for fans of all teams. He previously wrote the critically acclaimed book Bowls, Polls and Tattered Souls: Tackling the Chaos and Controversy that Reign Over College Football.
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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (August 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500102482
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500102487
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 21, 2014
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Stu's follow-up to his 2008 book "Bowls, Polls, and Tattered Souls" is another triumph. It's entertaining from the first page and doesn't let up. Great quick read.
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great simple pictorial explanation of the new CFP and what would have happened in previous years....at the end of the short book describing the CFP, you can even be your own selection committee with an end of season mock selection of teams to the 6 bowls the selection committee will choose.

The Orange Bowl multiple scenarios with the ACC, Notre Dame, Big 10 as hosts or participants is also explained.

The non P5 selection will always go to either the Peach, Cotton, or Fiesta - unless they are ranked in the top 4 and then they could be in the Rose, Sugar, Orange if they are one of the 2 playoff sites for the given year a non P5 team is ranked 4 or better.

I missed one, after going brain dead and not including a conference champion that was ranked below a higher ranked team that had other conference champions already in the mix.
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This is a great book and a must-read for any college football fan. I follow countless websites and message boards about college football, but I was utterly amazed by how little I actually knew about the new College Football Playoff ("CFP"). Too many people, including announcers and other football pundits, think the playoff is nothing more than the BCS with a "plus one" game. The new process, however, is significantly different from the BCS and could very well have a huge impact (for better or worse) on the sport. This book walks through everything about the CPS -- from the history of playoff movements, to the selection committee, to the potential changes we might see after a few years in this system. It is a compendious and useful book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Shields on August 21, 2014
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The book explained the playoff well. It's a confusing subject but Mr. Mandel made it easy to understand.
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It was a good read. I enjoyed the history of the poll 'n bowl system and reading about the blatant hypocrisy of Bill Hancock. The history of the playoff was good too. I didn't know that Michigan State's head coach in 1966 suggested an 8 team playoff with all conference champions and several wild card teams. We're still not there!!!

The nuances of how the committee selects the bowls on New Year's (or New Year's Eve depending on the year) was very informational!

I feel like it might be outdated now as media coverage has saturated the event and much of the book is now common knowledge. I bought it used, and it was more than worth the small price that I paid early in the season.
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This a very helpful guide with some excellent examples. I will never remember all of the intricacies of the playoff selection, but I don't have to because Stewart does a great job of explaining, re-explaining, and explaining yet again for all of his readers. Naturally, right after I ordered the hard copy, it became available in electronic form. Serves me right for not waiting.
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By Jon Mark Beilue on September 8, 2014
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Very informative by one of the best college football writers today. Spells out how college football got to this point. But more than that, a handy reference that will be used quite a bit as the season winds its way into November. It's a new landscape in college football, and this book helps guide the fan through it.
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By Gerald L. Swider on September 4, 2014
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Excellent summary of how the new playoff system works. Very understandable discussion with humor sprinkled in to make it more enjoyable. Good job illustrating the mechanics by showing how it would have worked in recent prior years. A good reference tool until we all become more accustomed to the new system.
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