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Wednesday Dots: Flushing the Bowls

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Also, a look ahead at hoops season

NCAA FOOTBALL: DEC 31 CFP Semifinal - Peach Bowl - Washington v Alabama Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Masquerading as a man with a reason

My charade is the event of the season

And if I claim to be a wise man, well

It surely means that I read Dots

  • The talk of college sports today is the inevitable NFL-ification of the CFP. Yahoo’s Pete Thamel outlined the most recent proposal to expand: a 12-team playoff with the top four getting a bye to the quarterfinal round. It’s an interesting debate because a 12-team playoff would certainly increase the odds of the Pac-12 sending a team or two to the playoff every year, and it would likely shake up the list of champions. On the other hand, it would devalue regular season games because individual losses would matter less, and the tradition and pageantry of the bowl system would be gone for good.

Poll

What is your preference for college football postseason?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Get off my lawn and go back to the bowls
    (106 votes)
  • 1%
    Bring back the BCS
    (12 votes)
  • 2%
    Stay at four
    (21 votes)
  • 46%
    Expand to 6-8 teams
    (336 votes)
  • 30%
    Expand to 12+ teams
    (220 votes)
  • 3%
    Round robin season where all 130 teams play each other home-and-home
    (23 votes)
718 votes total Vote Now

  • It’s a slow time of year for UW’s biggest sports, which gives journalists and readers time to dig in to some of the crazier stories from lesser-known sports. For example, did you know that UW has a returning Pac-12 discus champion named Elijah Mason, and he worked at Safeway during the pandemic shutdown?

  • The Athletic previews the entire Pac-12 men’s basketball standings, from resurgent UCLA on top to UW edging out Cal at the bottom of the standings. Will Mike Hopkins reverse the trend and overachieve with a lesser-known roster? Stranger things have happened, but recent history isn’t on his side.

  • We’re double-digit days away from the kickoff to football season, so Dawgman is highlighting the best players to wear the number of days remaining. Today is day #87, which contrasts Jon Brady with Cade Otton, two tight ends from very different eras.