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Animated Race to the 2006 National Championship

Monday, August 7th, 2006

Requesting feedback on the new Animated Drive Chart

Friday, July 14th, 2006

Okay, after much hair-pulling, the Animated Drive Chart is finally ready. Well, almost. I need some feedback first.

I’ve used the highlight of last year’s season: the UT-LSU game. These will look almost identical to the last one I posted, but under the hood, they’re completely different. The new one is 98% XML and ActionScript, the impact of which is that while the first one took several months to make, the next one should take maybe ten minutes. Shorter, once I get the artwork for each team done.

Please, please, pretty please give me some feedback on how it’s looking on your computer and what you’d like to see different. The original is 1200 pixels by 583 pixels because, well, because the math was easier, but I’m trying to figure out the best size at which to post it. It looks best at full size on my 19″ screen, but is too big if I’m viewing it on a 17″ screen. So . . . go have a look and then come back here to leave some comments, if you would. If my buddies in the CFB blogosphere would ask their readers for feedback as well, I’d appreciate it.

  1. What size screen and screen resolution are you using and how does it look?
  2. What browser and what version are you using and how does it look?
  3. What version Flash player do you have installed and how much of a hassle is it to download the latest version?
  4. Do you think the Fumbles and Interceptions areas on the scoreboard should be bigger?
  5. I know that buttons to stop and start the thing will be common requests, but I’d like to know how important they would be, as they’re giving me fits.
  6. Any other comments, suggestions?

Any feedback will be greatly appreciated.

UPDATE: To determine which version of Flash player you have, right click above the drive chart and follow the option to “About Flash player . . . .”

The Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Week Thirteen

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

UPDATE: The Final Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl is up and running on its own static page.


Only one week left, and it’s still looking like the Trojans and the Longhorns will finish Nos. 1 and 2:

Pesky Texas A&M couldn’t keep pace with the Longhorns, and the only real change in the line up this week is that everyone is one week closer to their final position.

The final two big games before the bowls are this Saturday: Texas plays Colorado for the Big XII Championship, and USC hosts No. 12 UCLA.

ABC has both games, Texas-Colorado at 1:00 and UCLA-USC at 4:30. If both the ‘horns and the Trojans win, they’ll meet in the Rose Bowl for the National Championship.


If you have any questions at all about the BCS, check out Fanblogs’ excellent Primer to the 2005-2006 BCS Championship.


See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

The Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Week Twelve

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Entering the home stretch:

The Trojans and the Longhorns remain Nos. 1 and 2, and Penn State, LSU, Virginia Tech, and Ohio State all move up one spot due to Miami falling from No. 3 to No. 9 after losing to Georgia Tech. Oregon jumped from No. 10 to No. 7 after clobbering Oregon State, and the Fighting Irish improved by one position. Auburn rounds out the top ten.

The Tennessee Volunteers round out the top 117, and some players are behaving badly.

Games remaining that either will or could impact the Race:

  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • UCLA (12) at USC (1), December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)


See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

The BCS Race to the Rose Bowl Animation: Week Eleven

Monday, November 14th, 2005

UPDATE: This is Week Eleven. If you’re looking for the latest, see the Animated BCS Race to the Rose Bowl: Final Bowl Selections.


Only a few weeks left to go, and the Race to the Rose Bowl is tightening:Alabama’s loss to the LSU Tigers left the USC Trojans and the Texas Longhorns as the only remaining unbeaten teams. Miami moves up to the third spot behind the unbeatens, and LSU vaults over the Hokies to the fifth position behind number four Penn State. Georgia dropped out of the top ten after a loss to Auburn and is replaced by Notre Dame.

Games remaining that either will or could impact the Race:

  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • UCLA at USC, December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)

See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

The BCS Race to the Rose Bowl (with Logos!): Week Ten

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Rounding the final corner:

Virginia Tech drops, but not by much, after getting thrashed by Miami, Georgia re-enters the Race, and Oregon’s putrid yellow and green breaks the top ten.

Games remaining that either will or could impact the Race:

  • USC at California, November 12, 2005
  • LSU at Alabama, November 12, 2005 (3:30, CBS, maybe)
  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • UCLA at USC, December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)

College Football News’ Run to the Rose Bowl has Three Unbeaten Contenders — USC, Texas, and Alabama — and eight No Margin for Errors — Miami, Penn State, Virginia Tech, LSU, Georgia, Oregon, Texas Tech, and UCLA.


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The BCS Race to the Rose Bowl (with Logos!): Week Nine

Saturday, November 5th, 2005

Even as the Tennessee Volunteers have come up lame, stumbled, fallen, fallen, and fallen out of the Top 25 altogether, the Race to the Rose Bowl goes on.

Georgia drops out of the top ten after losing to the Gators, and USC takes over the top spot it lost last week to the Longhorns.

Tonight’s game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes is huge. Plus, there are still a lot of games that either will or could impact the Race:

  • USC at California, November 12, 2005
  • LSU at Alabama, November 12, 2005 (3:30, CBS, maybe)
  • Texas at Texas A&M, November 25, 2005 (12:00, ABC)
  • Florida State at Florida, November 26, 2005 (3:30, CBS)
  • UCLA at USC, December 3, 2005 (4:30, ABC)

College Football News’ Road to the Rose Bowl has Five Unbeaten Contenders — USC, Texas, Virginia Tech, Alabama, and UCLA — and eight No Margin for Errors — Miami, Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Georgia, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Texas Tech.


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The Race to the Rose Bowl (with Logos!): Week Five

Sunday, October 2nd, 2005

The Tennessee Volunteers arguably didn’t get the bump they deserved for beating the LSU Tigers last Monday night (because the win was after last week’s Coaches’ Poll), but they survived a potential let-down game against the Ole Miss Rebels.

Here are the horses after Week Five:

The Gators fall out of the top ten to number 15 after getting thumped by the Alabama Crimson Tide, who enter the race at number 10. The Gators’ loss makes the Vols’ loss to the Gators look worse, but it’s a necessary evil because the Vols have virtually no chance at the Rose Bowl without winning the SEC Championship, and they can’t do that unless the Gators lose two SEC games. The Gators losing to Bama is a good start, and they play both Georgia and LSU in the next several weeks, so it’s not out of the question. Plus, the Vols can redeem themselves by beating the Crimson Tide if Bama is still in the top ten at that time.

Again, look at UT’s schedule:

  • Play Florida when the Gators are ranked, what was it, number 5?
  • Play LSU when the Tigers are ranked number 4.
  • Play Georgia this week when the Bulldogs are ranked number 4.
  • Play Alabama and Notre Dame later, who are now numbers 10 and 12, respectively.

Potentially 5 top ten teams. Maybe another in the SEC Championship. If the Vols can come out of that schedule with only one loss, should they be ranked above even some no-loss teams with lesser schedules?


See the Race to the Rose Bowl from the beginning:

Race to the Rose Bowl: Week One

Wednesday, September 7th, 2005

Well, the Week One Coaches’ poll is out, and here’s how the top ten shakes out:So, the Wolverines edge past Tennessee to take up the number 3 spot behind USC and Texas, but the Vols only fall to number 4. Not bad, considering their less than impressive performance. Oklahoma and Miami fall out of the race after losses and are replaced by newcomers Florida and Georgia, who are at numbers 10 and 9 respectively.

This does not bode well for the Volunteers, who barely squeaked out a victory over Alabama-Birmingham, as three of their future opponents are now in the top ten. The Big Questions about Florida were whether the team would catch on to Urban Meyer’s offense soon enough and whether it would work in the SEC. A 32-14 win over Wyoming tends to confirm that the answers are in the affirmative. The Big Question for Georgia going into the year was whether quarterback D.J. Shockley could replace David Greene. Consider the answer to this question a resounding YES!, as Shockley threw five touchdown passes and ran for another in a 48-13 thumping of Boise State.

Tennessee’s questions were whether it could survive games at Florida and at LSU on consecutive weekends. Those questions remain, but now there are more. Can it beat Georgia at home?

And if that were not enough, the game later in the season at Notre Dame looks tougher now after the Fighting Irish clobbered Pitt 42-21.

My preseason Race to the Rose Bowl post is here.

The Race to the Rose Bowl — Pre-Season

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

And they’re off! The Race to the Rose Bowl is on. Of course, the Bowl Championship Series rankings will determine which two teams will actually play for the national championship this year, but those rankings don’t start coming out until the end of September. Until then, I’m using the USA Today/Coaches poll.Because this race is more like NASCAR than the Derby, the participants don’t start out even. Here are the ten leaders, before the first kickoff: