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Quickies: College Football Playoff Edition


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College Football's version of the Final Four begins today as Clemson Takes on Oklahoma in what should be a scorefest, followed by Alabama faces Michigan State in what should be more of a defensive battle.

That, and just a day full of college sports. I'll be flipping the TV from Villanova vs Xavier in basketball at noon over to Florida State vs Houston in the Peach Bowl. Speaking of, Kentucky once beat North Carolina in the Peach Bowl.

Good times. Let's hope they're back here soon.

Tweets of the Day:

So...Louisville really is No. being in the wrong.

Oh, and #TeamScoobyDoo.

Your Quickies

The Cats' Pause's SEC Basketball Preview
The Cats' Pause predicts how the SEC will shake out and details the good, bad and ugly for each team in the league as conference play approaches. The ugly for Kentucky is they rank ninth in the league in free throw shooting (67.1 percent) and 11th in three-point percentage (31.7). gotta improve there.

Calipari watches Adebayo best Fox
John Calipari was in attendance Tuesday night to watch Kentucky signees Edrice Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox go head-to-head at the HSOT Invitational in Raleigh, N.C.

Getting To Know: OT Landon Young
Check out Cats' Pause exclusive interview with Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette offensive tackle and Kentucky commitment Landon Young. He may be the best recruit UK ends up getting this year and someone who can make an impact on the offensive line as a true freshman.

Coach Cal's guys in the NBA (Dec. 23-29)
Just a few days remain on the 2015 calendar year, and what a year it has been for Coach Cal’s former players. some hot stretches by Anthony Davis and Boogie get overshadowed though by Eric Bledsoe going down for likely the rest of the season.

Bilas Index still likes Cats.
Jay Bilas thinks the Cats still have a high ceiling that could propel them into the Final Four: "Kentucky is working on just playing hard and competing. When this team gets it together, it will be competitive for a spot in the Final Four."

10 things to know as UK begins SEC play
A history lesson in Wildcat dominance of SEC basketball as the Cats get set to open league play Saturday against Ole Miss. While UK may not dominate the league like they did last year, they're still the favorite to come out on top.

Ex-Wildcat recruit Fultz wants to blaze own path at Washington
Fultz enjoyed an unconventional, meteoric rise in which he became a high-school All-American. He received scholarship offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and Arizona, but he chose a school far less known for basketball.

Say hello to Diamond Stone as his 39 points save No. 4 Maryland
It was the best of Maryland and the worst of Maryland against Penn State. Luckily for the Terps, the best of Diamond Stone saved them from an upset. On Wednesday, Stone had 39 points and 12 rebounds. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 19-of-25 from the free throw line.

Memphis player acts like Rick Pitino sore loser and gets booted off team
Memphis got involved with post-bowl shenanigans for the second straight year. After losing to Auburn in the Birmingham Bowl, safety Reggis Ball ran over to the Auburn sideline and stole a football, while also giving the equipment staff the Rick Pitino 'we're No. 1' salute.

Alabama basically has same Playoff odds as other 3 combined because...Recruiting
There's only one recruiting megapower in this year's Playoff, but it's the biggest and baddest. For the last 15 years, college football's national champion has recruited more four- and five-star prospects than two- or three-star prospects over its previous four classes.

But If Connor Cook is awesome, Michigan State has chance to beat Bama
Connor Cook was a passing downs magician for the Spartans this year. He'll need to play the game of his life in that regard against  which may be good since he tends to step up on the big stage.

Inside the Hectic Lives of Players During Bowl Wee
A great look at the lives of For Florida State and Houston football players during bowl week preparations. During one week in Atlanta, both teams have visited the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, the College Football Hall of Fame, Andretti Indoor Karting and children's hospitals and participated in chalk talks and the annual Battle for Bowl Week competition.

Remembering the most recent bad season for CFP teams
For Alabama, it was a bad loss in Nick Saban's first season. Michigan State couldn't shake its "Sparty No!" moniker; nor could Clemson stop "Clemsoning." Bob Stoops' sin? An eight-win season.

Don't overlook Oklahoma's offense vs. Clemson's defense, which could be the Playoff's best matchup
Last year's Russell Athletic Bowl, a 40-6 thumping of Oklahoma by Clemson, became a turning point for both teams. The rematch carries infinitely higher stakes and may end up being one of, it not the best bowl game this season.