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Is The College Bowl System Unfixable?
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Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Dec. 20, 2016), we debate whether we’ve reached peak bowl season in college football — and discuss ways to reform the system. Next, following the benching of Houston Texans QB Brock Osweiler this weekend, we take a look at his stats and ponder whether he would have been better off with the Denver Broncos. Finally, ’tis the season: with an assist from Neil Paine and IMDb, we try to apply Elo ratings to Christmas movies. Plus, a significant digit on how a celebration ruined the Celebration Bowl for North Carolina Central.

Links to what we discussed:

  • Heading into the start of bowl season, Neil Paine attempted to grade the many, many, many college football matchups.
  • Back in April, Bleacher Report’s Barrett Sallee argued that there is no such thing as too many bowl games.
  • ESPN’s Stats & Information took a look at the numbers that led to the sidelining of Brock Osweiler this weekend.
  • Before Osweiler and Trevor Siemian faced off against each other this October, ESPN took stock of the pros and cons of each quarterback.
  • If you’d like some more Christmas movie suggestions, this IMDB keyword search will give you some ideas.
  • Significant Digit: 15, the number of yards lost on an excessive celebration penalty that was enforced at the Celebration Bowl — and that decided the game. With a couple minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, NC Central scored a 39-yard touchdown against Grambling State. The receiver who scored removed his helmet in celebration, resulting in a penalty that moved the extra point attempt back. NC Central missed the extra point and wound up losing, 10-9.

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