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Notre Dame will apparently get the fourth spot, which makes me happy, but (i) I think Texas A&M is a better choice, and (ii) it annoys me that the ACC will get two teams into the playoffs.

I have little doubt the ACC is corrupt. Prior to Clemson's unquestionable rise to national prominence, the ACC used its officiating crews to make sure one of its teams emerged toward the top of the national rankings. I've also read allegations that Frank Beamer exercised undue influence on the selection committee, using his connections to make sure an ACC team made it every year.

Yeah, I know: Neither allegation can be proven. And I might be wrong. Of the two allegations, I'm more comfortable with the first (corrupt officiating).

But it's good to see ND start to emerge as a national power . . . possible (that was a beat-down yesterday). An ardent ND-hater once told me, "Notre Dame is like the Yankees. College football is better when they're in the discussion."

I agree with that.

I would extend the analogy by saying Michigan is like the St. Louis Cardinals.

But if they don't get their act together, they're going to end up more like the St. Louis Browns.

So they've moved the CFP semis from the Rose Bowl in California to AT&T Stadium in Texas. Why? Escalating COVID cases in California will keep the Rose Bowl under lockdown.

But how could this be? Hasn't California implemented some of the harshest lockdown measures in the country (outside of Newsome's inner-circle)?