Friday, September 19, 2014
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An overstuffed Spectacle of the Week

In which we learn how politicians' influence on the BCS pre-dates Barack Obama by 60 years.

An overstuffed Spectacle of the Week

This long weekend is full of really big rivalry games, and I want to know what you think is the best one.

Locally, there's senior day for Temple and Villanova's playoff game against Colgate. I can't go, but if you can, you should. It could be the last playoff football game in the region for a while.

Nationally, there's Bedlam, the Iron Bowl, the Civil War, the Backyard Brawl and Philip Fulmer's last game as Tennessee head coach (with a shoutout to a Twitter friend of mine in Knoxville). There's also an intra-state rivalry game that was created by pressure from politicians back in 1958.

And people think Barack Obama is trying to influence the BCS.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

What's the Spectacle of the Week?
Colgate at Villanova
  21 (38.2%)
Akron at Temple (Friday)
  4 (7.3%)
Texas A&M at Texas (Thursday)
  2 (3.6%)
West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Friday)
  3 (5.5%)
Auburn at Alabama
  4 (7.3%)
Florida at Florida State
  2 (3.6%)
Kentucky at Tennessee
  1 (1.8%)
Oregon at Oregon State
  2 (3.6%)
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State
  11 (20.0%)
Notre Dame at USC
  5 (9.1%)
Total votes = 55
Jonathan Tannenwald
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Soft Pretzel Logic is's college sports blog, with a primary focus on the University of Pennsylvania. You'll also see coverage of the Big 5, other major college sports events in the region, and the annual Penn Relays track and field meet.

Reach Jonathan at or 215-854-2330.

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