Alabama Crimson Tide: Washington Huskies

UW adds CB transfer Travell Dixon

September, 14, 2012
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Cornerback Travell Dixon, who left Alabama for personal reasons in August, will join Washington’s football program, HuskyNation confirmed Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 191-pound Miami native originally enrolled at Alabama in January after transferring from Eastern Arizona College, where he was an NJCAA first-team All-American. He is expected to enroll at Washington on Monday. Fall quarter classes begin Sept. 24.

Dixon, who picked off four passes as a sophomore at Eastern Arizona, will have to sit out the 2012 season due to NCAA transfer rules but will provide a veteran presence in Washington’s secondary in 2013.
The most interesting and potentially controversial part of the four-team college football playoff it appears we are about to adopt is the selection committee. Who's on it? What will be their criteria? How transparent will the process be? What, ultimately, will be their foundation for impossible distinctions?

The Pac-12 blog has gone on and on about its "just because" concerns. That's the idea that if you have an 11-1 team from the SEC it will get an automatic bump over an 11-1 team from any other conference, even if there is evidence that it shouldn't.

So let's do a "what if" that blends reality and fiction.

What if LSU, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin had all finished unbeaten in 2011. And what if Oregon kicker Alejandro Maldonado's 37-yard field goal in the waning moments against USC was good, and the Ducks then prevailed over the Trojans in overtime.

Our question: Which 11-1 team, Oregon or Alabama, gets the No. 4 spot in a four-team playoff?

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Vanderdoes names his top 15 

June, 18, 2012
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Monday was a busy day for commitments in the West region, but defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes (Auburn, Calif./Placer) isn't exactly ready to jump into the commitment scene. More than half of the top 30 players in the West have already made verbal commitments, but Vanderdoes is taking things slowly. On Monday, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman took to twitter to release a list of his top 15 schools.

Alabama, Baylor, California, Florida, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, UCLA, USC and Washington all made the cut. Vanderdoes included in his tweet that he will be cutting that down to a top 10 group soon.

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