Well, college football finally has a playoff, and it will not matter one iota for Purdue except for the following ways:
- We pull off an upset of an undefeated Big Ten team and deny them a bid in the championship game.
- We upset Notre Dame
- God smiles on us and we run to an unprecedented 1-loss season or less as the Big Ten champion.
Other than that, it is still bowls or nothing for us. Purdue should have a reasonable goal of at least being competitive for a division title once every five years, thus being our best shot at reaching a playoff. We simply do not have the name recognition to get in without at least a Big Ten championship, and do to that we need a divisional title. considering we have exactly one 10-victory season in program history and it came when I was an infant, I am not holding my breath.
There are plenty of playoff tidbits today, however, beginning with this SB Nation production:
Along with more playoff links, tonight is the night we get to see Robbie Hummel all growed up:
RIP BCS: College Football Playoffs Have Arrived - SBNation.com
A century of bowls and polls gives way to a four-team playoff system. At last.
Holloway, Hummel and Stoglin Highlight Today's Raptors Draft Workout - Raptors HQ
Holloway, Hummel and Stoglin Highlight Today's Raptors Draft Workout. - The HQ takes a look at each.
State of the Union: Big Ten Recruiting Update 6.26.12 - Black Shoe Diaries
BSD's Weekly update on the 2013 recruiting classes in the Big Ten.
BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approves four-team playoff - CBSSports.com
The BCS Presidential Oversight Committee approved a four-team playoff chosen by a selection committee.
Pre-Snap Read: A College Football Blog
Pre-Snap read has Purdue fairly low-ranked at No. 73.
Big Ten Football Top 150 Players: No. 101, Cody Webster, Purdue P | Bleacher Report
Adam Jacobi rates Cody Webster as the 101st best player in the Big Ten this year.
Kory Sheets rushes into starting tailback role with Saskatchewan Roughriders
Kory Sheets won't need an introduction when he opens the 2012 CFL season as the Saskatchewan Roughriders' starter.
These Guys Have Been in the Big Ten for YEARS - BT Powerhouse
Draymond Green should hear his name on Thursday. Which other Big Ten seniors will follow suit?
In College Ball, Northern Teams Look for Help - NYTimes.com
Coach Schreiber's proposal to help the Big Ten is interesting to say the least.