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CFP is in year three of a 12-year television deal

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Wasps director of rugby Dai Young accepted his team had played poorly as they missed their opportunity to go top of the Aviva Premiership table with a 36-18 defeat at Kingsholm.They were outgunned by a fiercely committed Gloucester, who scored five tries through Charlie Sharples, Richard Hibbard, Henry Purdy, Matt Scott and Mark Atkinson with James Hook converting four and adding a penalty.Youngs son Thomas scored both Wasps tries, with Jimmy Gopperth converting one and kicking two penalties - but Gloucester were the better side throughout.Young senior said: The result is disappointing but if anything the performance is more disappointing as we were second best in most departments.Gloucester havent had a lot of luck this season, being on the wrong end of some close games. They are a good team so I have been wary of this game all week.We were pretty loose, our set-piece creaked and we lacked accuracy as we lost two scrums and two line-outs in attacking positions.We had an opportunity to fire some shots but we didnt take them. We still may have got a bonus point but we certainly didnt deserve any more than that.After some narrow defeats, Gloucester boss David Humphreys was delighted as his side expertly carried out their game plan to stifle Wasps attacking threat.Humphreys said: We knew how we wanted to play as weve had three weeks to prepare for it. The half-backs executed the plan magnificently with our defence outstanding and we competed very well throughout.Fifteen of our last 16 games have been decided by less than 10 points so weve been close in the past with our only poor performance against Newcastle, so to win today was very important.?It doesnt get any easier for Gloucester as they now face a trip to Saracens next week, which Humphreys accepted would be a tough task. We will enjoy this result but next week we will be against the very best but after this win, we will go there in a better place. Throwback Raiders Jerseys . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Womens Raiders Jerseys . It is a cliché dragged out by fans and pundits regularly when discussions take place around which teams are better than others. http://www.cheapraidersjerseyselite.com/ . 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That may be the way it is for awhile -- at least until the playoff grows up.Every year is going to be different, CFP executive director Bill Hancock said. Football seasons are like snowflakes, theyre all different. Next year well be standing here talking about some other way it fell out. And thats great.It worked out great Sunday for Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington. Not so great if you root for Penn State.No. 1 Alabama (13-0) will face No. 4 Washington (12-1) in one semifinal and second-seeded Clemson (12-1) meets third-seeded Ohio State (11-1) in the other on Dec. 31.The committee stayed with the same top four it picked going into championship weekend, leaving out No. 5 Penn State (11-2) even though the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten title game and beat Ohio State earlier in the season.The Buckeyes are the first team to reach the playoff in its three-year history without winning their conference.Many questioned why Ohio State deserved a spot, especially over Penn State. Selection committee chairman Kirby Hocutt made it clear that the 12-person committee did not.Ohio States three victories against top-10 teams (No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 6 Michigan) and only one loss, by three at Penn State, won the day over the Nittany Lions. Penn State lost to Pitt and Michigan (by 39) before closing the season with nine straight victories.Several times, Hocutt cited Penn States noncompetitive loss and Ohio States strong nonconference victory at Oklahoma.So the key is to play a difficult nonconference schedule?Well, maybe not.The final spot came down to Penn State (11-2) and Pac-12 champion Washington.The Huskies only loss was to 10th-ranked Southern California and its nonconference schedule featured FCS Portland State, Rutgers and Idaho. Penn State played Pitt, Temple and Kent State out of conference.I think because of Washingtons strength of schedule, their margin for error was very slim, Hocutt said. I think our discussions and our decision would have been much easier if Washington would have had a stronger strength of schedule this college football season.You could say Washington benefited because it did not play a difficult nonconference opponent. But you can also say that if Penn State beat Pitt it would have benefited from playing a difficult noncconference schedule.ddddddddddddHocutt said the committee dug deep into the Huskies and Nittany Lions.As we looked at those key statistics from an offensive standpoint, from a defensive standpoint, from starting field position differential, the edge was to Washington, Hocutt said. You look at turnover margin, Washington ranks first in the country in turnover margin compared to Penn State, ranking 50.If there is a pattern to be found in the committees work over three years it may be this simple: For the most part, the teams are ranked by the number in the loss column.No two-loss team has made the playoff. Even a close head-to-head win over Ohio State and a conference title was not enough for Penn State to overcome two losses.Maybe next season will be different.In many ways the College Football Playoff is no different than the Bowl Championship Series, a highly subjective system that relied on poll voters to pick the top two teams. The one crucial difference, though, is enormous. Four instead of two makes the CFP better than the BCS.What could provide more consistency, more objectivity while removing much of the subjectivity, is bigger playoff. Eight teams, with five automatic qualifying Power Five conference champions, the best team from the Group of Five and two wild cards. Fewer debates, plus it could put some juice back into championship weekend, which has become a little anticlimactic.It would also bring Cinderella into college footballs postseason, providing an opportunity for a non-Power Five team to win a meaningful postseason game and an underdog conference championship game winner to move on and play for the national title.Sounds interesting, but it is not happening anytime soon.Hancock said expansion of the playoff is not up for consideration by the conference commissioners. The CFP is in year three of a 12-year television deal with ESPN.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney cautioned that more postseason would lessen the value of the regular season and that adding another round would require eliminating other games.I dont think you can go past 15 games in college football, said Swinney, whose did just that last season and lost to Alabama in the national championship game. Something would have to give.Ohio States Urban Meyer said he empathizes with Penn State and would not mind seeing a system that rewards all conference champions.Im not sure theres an easy answer, said Meyer, who has won two BCS championships and the first College Football Playoff. I think were heading in the right direction.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twittre.com/ralphDrussoAP---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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