They have real playoff experience

Updated: August 16, 2014, 11:50 AM ET
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com

The caveat was issued right up front.

Sure, the era of the College Football Playoff has arrived. And yes, there are a handful of coaches scattered across the game's highest level who have not only survived but also thrived in that format in their time in the Football Championship Subdivision, before they moved up to their current gigs.

But each of the three win-or-go-home experts ESPN.com solicited for advice on how to deal with the new postseason setup stressed one ...

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