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College football Week 14 in the L.A. TV market: Any chance USC’s Freaky Friday causes chaos with Super Saturday?

By in Press Enterprise on November 30, 2017

By Tom Hoffarth

The story posted Wednesday on NCAA.com: “How Alabama, Georgia, Miami and Ohio State can make the playoff.”

And all along, we were just banking on the simplicity of a Clemson, Auburn, Oklahoma and Wisconsin party of four.

This story landed two days after the site also posted a piece calling this “the greatest Saturday in college football history.”

Well, not exactly. It quoted itself in the headline, but also prefaced in the story by saying “you could call it …”

There’s also the disclaimer at the end of every NCAA.com story: The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NCAA or its member institutions.

Especially USC.

Nowhere in the discussion could you call the 11-2 Trojans a final four team, no matter how much chaos could be created by this weekend’s array of championship games that, in effect, give some teams one more week to mess up their own destiny.

There’s also the bizarro scenario where Florida Atlantic, coached up by Twitter comedian Lane Kiffin, is playing in the Conference USA title game that’s now part of this Super Saturday situation.

USC isn’t even included in the Saturday hysteria because, in the Pac-12’s infinite wisdom, it has manipulated its title game to happen on a freaky Friday night instead of amid the salacious Saturday schedule. A pro, or a con, as a TV show? Competition comes from the CIF Southern Section Division I rematch between Mater Dei and St. John Bosco, and that’s about it.

The Pac-12 title game flips this season from Fox to ESPN in the Larry Scott Rotation of Fair Play and Rights Fees. Then, the next key moment in USC’s future comes somewhere amid a four-hour reveal show on ESPN starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, which produces the final College Football Playoff rankings and all the bowl pairings. […]    

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