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2 December 2018
Pick a playoff or two

One last time for the results service:

MA: #27 Buffalo vs #62 Northern Illinois 29-30
PX: #9 Washington vs #13 Utah 10-3
BT: #6 Oklahoma vs #15 Texas 39-27
SB: #24 Appalachian State vs #64 Louisiana-Lafayette 30-19
CU: #36 UAB vs #40 Middle Tennessee 27-25
AA: #7 UCF vs #60 Memphis 56-41
SE: #2 Alabama vs #3 Georgia 35-28
MW: #10 Boise State vs #17 Fresno State 3-6 (aet, following 13-13)
AC: #1 Clemson vs #28 Pittsburgh 42-10
BX: #5 Ohio Province vs #26 Northwestern 45-24

(More: Who's in and out of the bowls, and the new top 15)

All of which leaves our eight-team playoff as: Alabama vs Washington, Clemson vs UCF, Notre Dame vs Ohio Province, and Georgia vs Oklahoma The Rematch. Other play-off systems might omit the first round, but any playoff system rooted in reality will produce the same final four.

It's not possible for Georgia to overhaul all of the sides in front of them, so they will not be able to retain their position as Glickoblog Champion. UCF may yet remain as Reigning National Champions.

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25 November 2018
Title week is set

Let's start with the Top 15 games.

01 Clemson beat South Carolina 56-35 02 Alabama beat Auburn 52-21 03 Georgia beat Georgia Coll of Tech 45-21 04 Notre Dame beat USC 24-17 05 Michigan lost to 09 Ohio Province 62-39 06 Oklahoma beat West Virginia 59-56 07 UCF beat South Florida 38-10 08 LSU lost to Texas Ag and Mech 41-43 (after 7 extra timeses, following a 31-31 draw) 10 Washington Province lost to Washington 15-28 11 Florida beat Florida Province 41-14 12 Fresno State beat San Jose State 31-13 13 Kentucky beat Louisville 56-10 14 Utah Province lost to Boise State 24-33 15 Army -- bye

Top four get the job done. Michigan lost out on the Big Ten title game to Ohio P, and lost in big style. Oklahoma rode a drunken game, Defending National Champions UCF handled their business.

A l-o-n-g game between LSU and Texas Ag & Mech finally ended. A snow game in Washington saw victory for the home side, and a place in the Pac Ten title match. Fresno and Boise will meet in the Mountain West title match, winner is first in line if UCF stumbles.

(More: All the upsets, all the title games, and the new top 15)

And our best guess at the eight-team playoff would be: Alabama - Washington; Clemson - UCF; Notre Dame - Georgia; Oklahoma - Ohio Province.

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23 November 2018
Ten years of Twilight

Ten years since the first Twilight movie "hit" the "screens". What's it done for pop culture?

Twilight was a movie by women, for women. Directed by Catherine Hardwick, written by Stephanie Meyer, screenwritten by Melissa Rosenberg, starring Kirsten Stewart, and watched by young women the world over. It's too rich for men and their fragile, sensitive nature.

How has this inflected the world? Twilight had (has?) a passionate fanbase, and was part of a low-key culture war. Raged against it were a very loud and very boring tribe of man-babies. These pathetic creatures would shake their tiny fists and cry because (gasp!) it's a successful film that (shock!) isn't aimed at macho men.

Just by existing, Twilight is a feminist statement: anything written by women that makes men uncomfortable has a place in feminism. The Twilight fandom dominated the cultural zeitgeist for a few years, it was young women seizing control in a way that made older people and men twitchy.

Passionate fanbases have continued, so has sneering at them. The more masculine the original work, the less sneering there is. So there was lots of rage at One Direction (aimed at young girls), less at Game of Thrones (plenty of blood and gore, even if the women look like they'll win), and very little at Marvel's movie franchises (aimed squarely at man-children).

(More: Why Twilight is a series about respecting Bella's choices; how fanfic disputes come from a place of love; and why CBBC has ignored the phenomenon.)

As for the on-screen talent? Robert Pattison (Edward) still acts. Taylor Lautner (Jacob) went on to do BBC3's Cuckoo, where he was a right laugh on set. Ashley Greene (Alice) has done TV's Rogue and Pan Am, and movies such as In Dubious Battle. Kristen Stewart (Bella) has chosen to do indie and alternative films - The Runaways, Still Alice, Clouds of Sils Marina, Personal Shopper - and is held as one of cinema's leading talents.

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18 November 2018
Easy games week

Here's the top 15 results:

01 Alabama bt Citadel (II) 50-17
02 Georgia bt Massachusetts 66-27
03 Clemson bt Duke 35-6
04 Notre Dame bt Syracuse 36-3
05 Michigan bt Indiana 31-20
06 Oklahoma bt Kansas 55-40
07 LSU bt Rice 42-10
08 Ohio Province bt Maryland 52-51
09 UCF bt 13 Cincinnati 38-13
10 Washington Province bt Arizona 69-28
11 West Virginia lost to Oklahoma Terr 41-45
12 Florida bt Idaho 63-10
14 Army bt Colgate (II) 28-14
15 Penn Province bt Rutgers 20-7

Just the one upset defeat, and West Virginia did all they could to win it.

(More: Lots of upsets in the MAC, and Clemson move to the top because we know their title game opponent.)

The eight-team play-off swaps Clemson and Alabama's opponents.

Clemson - Washington Prov
Alabama - UCF
Notre Dame - Georgia
Michigan - Oklahoma

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15 November 2018
What is the music of 1983?

A letter to Smash Hits. "What is the music of the 80s?" asked Susannah Walker in Macclesfield. This is.

Our top ten TOTP studio performances this year.

The Belle Stars - Sign of the times - 13 January "The original group of gender benders are almost forgotten now, as their gimmick was nicked by Culture Club. On this performance, they've come as cowboys in white, sharp dressers and butch as anything. Up and down the country, genderqueers are cheering for them, perhaps in ways they didn't know they knew."

(More: Nine more fantastic performances, and the Smash Hits poll winners.)

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11 November 2018
Winning-week

Results for last week's top fifteen:

01 Alabama bt Mississippi Prov 24-0
02 Georgia bt Auburn 27-10
03 Clemson bt Boston College 27-7
04 Notre Dame bt Florida Terr 42-13
05 Michigan bt Rutgers 42-7
06 Oklahoma bt Oklahoma Terr 48-47
07 LSU bt Arkansas 24-17
08 Central Florida bt Navy 35-24
09 Washington Prov bt Colorado 31-7
10 Ohio Prov bt Michigan Prov 26-6
11 West Virginia bt TCU 47-10
12 Kentucky lost to Tennessee 7-24
13 Fresno St lost to Boise St 17-24
14 Army bt Lafayette (II) 31-13
15 Florida bt South Carolina 35-31

Not a huge amount to say on many of these. Oklahoma won their game by the odd point in 95, a low-scoring one in that series. UCF were run closer than they might like.

Lower down, Kentucky's loss ends their hopes of an Elite Eight bowl on sporting merit. Fresno State's loss puts them at a disadvantage, but they still make the MW title game if they win out. Army's big win against a crap team won't help their cause.

(More: Three more conference spots are filled, and we look into small movements in the top ten.)

The eight-team playoff: Alabama - Washington Prov, Clemson - UCF, Notre Dame - Ohio Prov, Oklahoma - Georgia.

And Eastern Michigan have reached six wins, and are eligible to go to their second bowl in three years; a win against K*nt State on the 23rd will secure a certain slot. Five years ago, EMICH were perpetual cellar-dwellers, lucky to pick up more than one win. Now they're scrappy midfielders, with a transitive win over Ohio Province. Go Eagles.

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4 November 2018
Don't run up the score!

The results:

01 Clemson bt Louisville 77-16
02 Notre Dame at Northwestern 31-21
03 Alabama at 04 LSU, 29-0
05 Georgia at 08 Kentucky, 34-17
06 Michigan bt Penn State 42-7
07 Oklahoma at Texas Tech 51-46
09 Ohio Prov bt Nebraska 36-31
10 Florida LOST vs Missouri 17-38
11 Washington Prov bt California 19-13
12 UCF bt Temple 52-40
13 Iowa LOST at Purdue 36-38
14 Fresno State at UNLV 48-3
15 Utah LOST at Arizona Prov 20-38

The Football Gods note Clemson's poor sportsmanship by running up the score against lesser opponents. Such hubris will be penalised.

(More: The amazing rise of Pittsburgh and Northwestern, and our full top 15.)

Eight-team playoff: we reckon Alabama vs Washington, Clemson vs Georgia, Notre Dame vs UCF, Michigan vs Oklahoma.

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31 October 2018
What's Your Story

Thirty years ago today, Children's BBC began an experiment in storytelling, one where we wrote the plot.

Your chance to put your own ideas on television. Sylvester McCoy and the company present the first part of an intriguing drama live from Studio A.

At the end of today's episode, phone in your ideas. Tomorrow you could see your own scenes on the screen!

The company: BILL STEWART, SUSIE BAXTER, BEN BENSON, TIM DIGGLE, LISA ROSE, STEPHEN TREDRE, GRACE WILKINSON

Executive producer CHRISTOPHER PILKINGTON Script editor PETER COREY Designer ROB HINDS Producer RICHARD SIMKIN

Since the early 80s, Choose Your Own Adventure gamebooks were a familiar staple in school libraries, a sort of interactive fiction where the reader made choices and was rewarded with success, failure, or something in between. Some of us were familiar with the world of Fighting Fantasy, others advanced to the story-building of Dungeons and Dragons.

Never had there been an experiment like this. What's Your Story would take ideas from the viewers, turn them into drama, and perform the scripts on screen. And they'd do it all in just one day.

(More: The story we started with, the production's strengths, weaknesses, and sequel.)

In the grand tale of television history, What's Your Story deserves a mention. It's the gloaming of interactive television, the first time viewers were allowed to shape a story, and it showed the massive invention of the viewers. This is both an opportunity and a danger, as the show might develop in ways the producers don't want. Later viewer interaction has been much more limited - "have you seen these people" on Wanted, "call to evict" on Big Brother, "love this?" on Rising Star. We might get to shape the story, we don't get to write it.

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28 October 2018
Trebles all round!

Another week in the books. Here's how the top 15 fared.

01 Clemson at Florida Terr 59-10
02 Notre Dame vs Navy 44-22
06 Florida vs 07 Georgia 17-36
08 Oklahoma vs Kansas Prov 51-14
09 Texas at Oklahoma Terr 35-38
10 Iowa at Penn Prov 24-30
12 Kentucky at Missouri 15-14
14 South Florida at Houston 36-57
15 North Carolina Prov at Syracuse 41-51

(More: The full projections, cheers for Georgia Southern, and Oregon Province (!) score the biggest upset.)

Buffalo play in MACtion on Tuesday night, UCF are on Thursday, Virginia go on Friday, and Alabama-LSU kicks off at the witching hour next Saturday night.

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