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Late wins don't pay off with no playoff

Originally Published: November 10, 2010
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

College football wears its lack of a playoff as a badge of honor. The sport sells the BCS with an ingenious argument: Every Game Counts. The opener in September is as important as the last game in December.

The idea that Every Game Counts is effective spin. But there is a corollary to that spin that is also true: If the early-season games count more, then the late-season games count less. The schedule is a zero-sum affair. College football might have the best regular season in sports. ...

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