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By Marc Lawrence — CBS Sports’ Ben Kerchevel insists the College Football Playoff chatter takes up too much oxygen. It’s suffocating. This is the case in normal years when teams have an even number of games and heavyweight nonconference matchups have some gravity. But here we are in 2020 where Notre Dame might play 12 games and Ohio State may play five. How does the playoff committee weigh that against other teams in the running? We’re lucky to be playing football at all, and at the rate games are getting postponed/canceled, that luck is going to be at a premium moving forward. Here are bits of what we learned in last week’s college football action … Michigan State is the Big Ten’s chaos team: They lost to Rutgers and were blown out by Iowa and Indiana, but have wins over Michigan and now No. 8 Northwestern. Go figure … The Pac-12 is full of intrigue: Colorado and Washington are 3-0 under first-year coaches Karl Dorrell and Jimmy Lake. It’s a shame we won’t get to see Colorado against the Trojans, but this team has found a way to win tight games. They are absolutely the unexpected team in the Pac-12 South hunt. To read more on the 2020 college football season to day click here.

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The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl, which has been played every year since its inception in 1935, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. The game was scheduled for the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 31. El Paso has been dealing with a COVID-19 surge for several weeks. The county brought in the National Guard to help with its mobile morgues. The Sun Bowl, played in each of the previous 86 seasons, is tied for the second-longest consecutively played postseason bowl game, behind only the Rose Bowl Game, which has been played annually since 1916.

Grinding Out The Profits

From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: The biggest game to date in the Sun Belt Conference this season takes place Friday when defending champion Appalachian State host UL Lafayette. The Mountaineers beat ULL in the Sun Belt title game each of the last two years and is 8-0 SU in this series. That won’t be the case this year as upstart Coastal Carolina will be meeting the Ragin’ Cajins in the championship game next week. This could be the Apps title game. Stay tuned.

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