Wednesday, December 5, 2018

printer points acandal at Stockton

The Printer Point Scandal at Stockton
By: Dominic Verrichia

Every Stockton student receives a set number of printer points every semester. For undergraduate students, that number is 1600. Graduate students are allotted 2000 points. One printer point is equivalent to a one-sided printed page of black and white paper.
All Lab computers are defaulted to print double sided in efforts to save paper. In this case, one sheet of paper counts as two printer points.
Each student is also granted a one-time quota of 20 color printed pages at the beginning of their first semester at Stockton. Additional pages can be purchased for $5 in increments of 50 pages.

Color printer points do not reset every semester unlike black and white printer points. This leaves many students with zero color printer points very early. Some wonder why the black and white print quotas are so much higher than color print quotas.
Many students never come close to the black and white print quota every semester. However, the color print quota runs out almost immediately for most students.
Every student pays for printing in their tuition, so those who do not use all of their printer points are selling themselves short of paper that they paid for in the beginning of the semester. Many students are paying for printer points that are never used.
The number 1600 seems astronomical to most students who usually only print between 100 and 200 pages a semester. It brings up questions about what would happen if every student exhausted all of their printer points in a semester.
Stockton’s undergraduate population is 8,275. Each of those students are allotted 1600 pages which adds up to over 13 million pages of paper. If every student used up their print quota, it is clear the school will likely have a problem as they do not have 13 million sheets of paper on hand with enough ink to print on every sheet.
The numbers may sound alarming, but many students do not come close to 1600 pages. It is assumed that the Technology department does not expect many students to use all of their points.
The numbers may be that high so students will never have to worry about running out, while also preventing students from getting carried away. If they simply gave unlimited printing privilege to all students, the amount of unnecessary printing would increase significantly.
The reason behind such high print quotas remains unknown, but the Information Technology Services (ITS) Department located in D-127 may have more information on the topic.




pros and cons of being a stockton student


Pros and Cons of Being A Stockton Student
By: Shawn Cella



Photo of Stockton University by Shawn Cella



When deciding what college I wanted to attend, there were many different variables that I had to take into consideration. These included but were not limited to campus environment, distance from home, tuition cost, and majors offered. Now that I am almost done with my first semester of my sophomore year, I am going to be completely honest about the pros and cons of attending Stockton University.
First, let’s talking about the campus. A main factor in me choosing Stockton over all the other colleges I visited was the feel of the Galloway campus. I loved how it felt so private located in the middle of the woods. The academic buildings are in walking distance of the housing which meant you did not have to take a bus like bigger schools such as Rutgers make you do. There is no denying that Stockton has a lot of qualities that most schools cannot offer, such as a giant lake right on campus and free campus parking. Unfortunately for not only me but a lot of sophomore students, there was no housing available at the Galloway campus. Although everything is new and fresh in the new Atlantic City campus, it is almost the exact opposite of what made me attend Stockton. Apparently not providing on campus housing for sophomores has been an issue Stockton has had for years now, and I felt misinformed that this was never brought to my attention until it was too late.
One thing I could say is an easy pro for me about Stockton are the professors. Almost every professor I’ve had has gone the extra mile to ensure that I do as well as I could. Not only do they reply to my emails within twenty-four hours, but they take questions during class, have office hours for extra help, and usually will never hesitate to assist you if you require extra help. Sometimes I feel like I am still in high school because of how caring the professors are to their students.
Nothing is more stressful to me then class selection day. Especially as a freshman, you feel like you are choosing classes that not only you are not really interested in, but you do not necessarily need. My biggest complaint about Stockton is that they want to be a small school while making the money of a big school. By this I mean they let too many incoming freshman and transfer students attend. This creates a shortage of living and classes, while the current students suffer.
I am very happy that I picked Stockton University to receive my college education. There are pros and cons to this university, but hopefully as the school expands they will be able to fix these issues by simply building more housing on campus or by adding more classes. I hope that Stockton never loses touch of their identify and remember that people come here because of their beautiful Galloway campus.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: A Return to the West By Thomas Taylor

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: A Return to the West
By Thomas Taylor



     Interest in the time period of the wild west has not been as prevalent as it was in the sixties and seventies, but we might be seeing a resurrection of the western genre in the media. Between the hyped release of Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: A Return to the West, it’s evident that here is still interest in classic stories about cowboys and tumbleweeds. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs represents this perfectly by showing several different stories of life in the wild west. This Netflix original movie is an anthology film that is broken up into different chapters of one big book. A central theme in the movie is survival setting the precedent in the first story that any character can die. This theme can also be seen in each character’s motivation. Even the titular Buster Scruggs’ motivation is to prove that he can survive any gun duel that he is challenged to. One of the best albeit one of the slowest short stories is the final story that shows where people go when they don’t survive the perils of the frontier. This movie shows not only the dangers, but also the untamed beauty of the western frontier through it’s vast deserts, scorching prairies, and lush forests. The dialogue was as good as any other Coen Brothers movie in that it is exceptional, but sometimes causes the movie to drag. The cast has such notable actors as: James Franco, Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, and Clancy Brown. Each turn out an incredibly believable performance as their characters. Each story conveys a different mood which could be jarring to some viewers. Some shorts are cartoonish while others are melancholic, but each short was so good that I didn’t even notice the inconsistency until hours after I finished the film. Buster Scruggs proves that there are more stories to tell from the wild west.

Fire frill at AC residemce


Fire Drill at A.C. Residence
By: Moira Solano

The outside view from the Atlantic City Campus.
45 Minute Fire Drill: Real or Fake?
Atlantic City, N.J. --- On Friday, November 30, 2018 at about 6:25 p.m., another fire drill took place at the Atlantic City Campus Residential Complex. These drills have caused a lot of frustration for the students who live here since the beginning of the school year, but was it just a drill or an actual emergency?
As stated, these alarms have caused inconveniences and eye rolls by many of the students living at the Atlantic City Residence. Due to the flaws of the fire alarms that have caused people to think there was a rush to get the building up and running.
The slightest amount of heat that would be detected by the alarms was a huge issue in the very beginning. Even just the steam that came from an average shower could set off the alarms, and did on a few occasions.
There was also a lot of frustration about the number of fire drills that would happen within one day. It was kind of ridiculous to be honest. Nobody ever knew they were going to occur, and nobody was ever prepared for them because of the random trend that they had.
The day before school started and everyone was still adapting to the area, there were about one or two that happened, but these were set off at times that weren’t so bad. The weather was nice at least and the sun was out.
However, there was one that happened in the middle of the night, I would say a little after one in the morning. Most students, me included in that group, had 8:30 classes that morning, so you can only imagine how cranky that made everybody, regardless of having an early class or not. It interrupted everyone’s sleep schedules that are already not the best.
There was at least one incident that caused an emergency. This was due to cooking where not much attention was paid to watching the stove. A slight buildup of smoke was in the hallways. The fire department was informed and sent to the scene.
A mass email was sent informing students about the incident, how important it is to keep a close eye on your food, and to always be safe. Emails were also sent prior about apologizing, the inconvenience, and that they are working towards fixing them.
I wasn’t there on Friday during the recent fire drill, but I was informed about it from my roommates. The fact that a drill happened randomly didn’t surprise me, but what did was that it lasted 45 minutes. My roommate, Allie, said, “45 minutes is absurd if it was just a drill since it was cold and rainy.” She also said that they still had to stand out there regardless, risking getting sick.
She said, “So I’m thinking it was real. But in that case I think they should send us an email or something letting us know what happened.”

 


Sweet Tooth Day: Winter Theme

Sweet Tooth Day: Winter Theme 
By: Alexander Bluze
Image of scene in “Dr.Seuss's: How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.
Pick up FREE holiday treats on December 11th, Sweet Tooth Day, in the Campus Center between 2pm and 4pm before you leave for winter break! Put your feet up by the
Campus Center fireplace and chow down on candy and other delicious free sweets. You can RSVP to the event on OspreyHub.com. “Martha May Whovier will be there.” If you don’t understand that joke, then you have probably never seen “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. It is a great movie to watch while munching on some delicious sweets to celebrate Sweet Tooth Day.




Stockton Vs Kean and the Cadillac Club Suites

Stockton Vs Kean and the Cadillac Club Suites
By: Ryan Kennedy



Steve Ferebee, #10


Atlantic City -- On Friday, December 14th Stockton’s men's basketball team is playing at Boardwalk Hall against Kean University. At 7:30 the two teams will face off in Atlantic City and those willing to pay $20 will be able to enjoy the game from the Cadillac Club Suites. The Cadillac Club Suites allow for one to be able to enjoy the game with the included luxury of food and nonalcoholic beverages being offered. Anyone looking for a more enjoyable way to watch the game other than sitting on bleachers could take up this offer and get a new way to enjoy Stockton’s events and games. Stockton University students and staff are permitted entry to the game free of charge, and general admission tickets are $5 for anyone else wishing to view the game. Kean students and senior citizens tickets are only $2, and all tickets will be available for purchase on game day at 2301 Boardwalk, Atlantic City. The game will also be available to watch live via streaming services. If you tune in to livestream.com/StocktonAthletics the day of the event then you will see that the game is available to watch online for free.
    The men's basketball team has had a great start to their season so far, going 3-1 previously beating teams such as Rutgers Camden, and in the NJAC they are currently 2-0, holding a win streak that may hopefully continue. Players to look out for include Jordan Taylor, who previously scored a team high of 15 points against Rutgers Camden, as well as Freshman player Travis Young from Toms River who recently scored his first double digit game against Rutgers Camden scoring 11 points, a great start to his young career. Brandon Hamilton has been consistent with his layups, also making him a dangerous addition to the team. Overall, the season is looking up for the Ospreys, and hopefully the continuation of their undefeated season can happen with a victory over Ramapo on Saturday, and Kean this Friday.
   
   
   

For a Weekend Retreat Came a Treat

For a Weekend Retreat Came a Treat
By: Keairra Lee

Stockton students boarding the bus to return to Stockton University

Fourteen Stockton students packed up their belongings that they had brought with them and headed to the school bus, signifying that their weekend retreat had come to an end. However, many of the students boarded the bus with new thoughts running through their minds.
On November 16, 2018, Stockton University hosted a retreat that welcomed all students to enjoy a weekend full of fun, food and activities, but mostly to bring students together from different backgrounds with hopes of leaving the retreat feeling as one. The retreat had many different topics and issues that were covered during the sessions, which included race, gender, privilege and more. Like expected, the students went into the sessions with a guard up and and ready for war, preparing themselves for anything that might have been said that they were not going to agree with. The students sat in chairs around a circle, gave their name, who they identified as, and their true thoughts on America’s biggest issues that stop all Americans from coming together as a whole.
Over the next couple of days, students were about to live with strangers they had never seen before, even in passing through the schools campus. Little did any of them know, they would leave the retreat greeting one another like they had known each other since they were five years old. One particular student stood out the most. Emmanuella, a nineteen year old freshman from Africa who has only been in America for six years had many concerns. When asked if she learned anything from the retreat she said in quote, “I had no idea that black Americans were going through racism. In Africa, I am considered a rich black, but in America, black people are considered the poor and the ones in poverty. Clearly racism is only an issue in America.” She then went on to say, “There were alot of stories going around in the circle, people sharing their experiences of how they were chosen for jobs and schools over the phone or internet when applying, but as soon as they showed up for the interview, the interview was never conducted. Since being in America, I would like to say most of the blacks live in a lower income place, and even since I’ve moved to America because my dad is disabled and he wanted the best for us, we always lived in white neighborhoods and went to white schools. I still haven't experienced what blacks who were born in America have experienced. We need to make a change, one for the better!”


Wednesday, November 28, 2018

NFL Picks Week 14


NFL Picks for Week 14
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By Shawn Cella

Today, I am going to pick the teams that I believe are going to win for week 14 of the NFL season. I am no professional analysis, but with my research, I believe I will be able to predict some of the correct scores. This is being written on Nov. 26, so any injuries or events that happen during week 13 will not be accounted for.

The first game of the week is the Jaguars vs Titans, two struggling teams. I would not recommend watching this game, but I do think that the Titans will come away with the win. The fact that they are still in the playoffs hunt will be enough to propel them to a victory.

The Browns finally have a few wins on the season, and the Panthers have a very talented roster. This should be a really interesting and entertaining game. I think Cam Newton will be able to move the ball through the air, and Baker Mayfield will have rookie struggles against the Carolina defense. I’ll take Carolina to win by 14+ points.

The Ravens vs. Chiefs, and Jackson vs. Mahomes. Lamar Jackson has thrown for multiple picks already throughout the season and has turned the ball over, which is not a good way to help your defense slow down the hottest offense in the league. Chiefs should win this game, but expect the experienced Ravens to keep it close.

The Saints get to avenge their only loss on the season. Going on the road and playing in an outdoor stadium is always difficult for a team who plays indoors, but I do not believe that the Buccaners stand a chance. They have been flip-flopping quarterbacks all season, and against the powerhouse Saints, I don’t like their odds. I’ll take the Saints by 10.

The last game I am going to cover is the Eagles vs. the Cowboys. This game should decide who will win the division and make it to the playoffs. The Cowboys already beat the Eagles once, and they did it on the road. Now they get the defending Super Bowl Champions at home with a chance to make a statement on the division. This game lies on the shoulders of Carson Wentz. If he is able to move the ball on this tough Dallas defense, I think the Eagles will be able to win. I do believe he will be able to get it done and carry the struggling Eagles to victory. I think the Eagles will win by 13 points.



Those are my picks for Week 14 of the NFL season. Hopefully we don’t look back on this article and laugh. Best of luck to your favorite team this week, unless you’re a Patriots or Raiders fan!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Movie Review: Overlord

Movie Review: Overlord 







The WWII movie with a zombie twist. Overlord was produced by the professional producer J.J Abrams, directed by Julius Avery and written by Billy Ray.


The premise is about a group of soldiers who survived a plane crash and find themselves with a mission to destroy a nazi radio tower to help the troops in Normandy. The soldiers stayed in a village, where they realize that the nazis were experimenting on the people that lived there. Using a super soldier serum, the test subjects reacted harshly causing the soldiers to further their investigation. What happens next gets pretty insane, making the movie live up to its R rating. The war scenes in the movie are really well made and are very graphic, same goes with the zombie scenes. The score on Rotten Tomatoes is a well deserving 81%. The movie was both entertaining and terrifying. Fans of Call of Duty Zombies would enjoy this because it has a very similar premise. I have to say they could have fought the zombies for a longer period of time. But the scenes you see the zombies, a considerable amount of screentime, have you at the edge of your seat. Overlord is out now so if you like the concept and think it will be good visit your closest movie theater and watch it now!


The movie starred Jovan Adepo who played Boyce the main character. Wyatt Russel who played Ford. Mathilde Oliver and Jacob Anderson who played the villagers named Chloe and Dawson, Pilou Asbaek who played Wafner the main antagonist. Then there is John Margaro and Iain De Caestecker who played Tibbet and Chase.

Who's Vine Is It Anyway?

Who's Vine Is It Anyway?




On Thursday night, Stockton University held an event called “Whose Vine is it Anyway?” in the campus center coffeehouse. 

Over one hundred students attended this event, as it was heard that money was the grand prize for the winners..

There were three rounds that took place during Vine Night: the first being a much loved game of Kahoot, the second a finish-the-vine assignment, and the last being charades. Emilie Linzan, a contestant throughout the night, claimed that there were too many people and she was disappointed that she didn’t get the experience she wanted. “Using Kahoot sucked, especially because there was a lot of people on one game, I answered one question and it wouldn’t register. I was very upset.”

For the Kahoot game, there were thirty-two teams of four people. For those of you who have never been faced with Kahoot, the object of the game is to get the correct answer from a possible total of four choices in the fastest time out of all the teams or people you are playing with. There is a leaderboard that lists the top five winners after each question which will most likely change after each question. So don’t worry if you don’t see your name at the beginning of the game, chances are you’ll see that name of yours up on that leaderboard for everyone to see.

The second round of the night was finish-the-vine, where each team of four was given a blank piece of paper. The Stockton Entertainment Team, otherwise known as SET, was in charge of the sequential videos that followed, playing only the first three seconds of each vine. The contestants and their team members then had to guess the ending of each vine and write their answers on the piece of paper.



The last round was charades, where each team had to go up to the front of the coffeehouse and one person from the group had to act out a specific vine and the other group members had to guess what it was.
By the end of the night there were mixed reviews from those who attended. Some claimed they had a fun night while others declared they were disappointed. Another contestant named Samirah Barnes says, “I did not enjoy my night, it was very packed and uncoordinated.” If you ended up having fun, good for you! Making the most of your college experience is important in your future so that you don’t have regrets. Make the most out of college, attend events and make new friends, you won’t regret it in the end!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Are Millennials Getting Married?


Are Millennials Getting Married?

Shayonne Ray | Contributing Writer



Way back when our parents and grandparents were coming up, marriage was
considered being a necessary accomplishment, and an important thing to do in society at
that time. Our parents were married with children by the age of 23, but millennials are not
following in their footsteps.Why? This generation of young people are changing the
stigma of marriage being a necessity and into marriage being an option.

Marriage was put into effect so that a young couple could benefit from each others
families, raise their children and hopefully live what they took to be the American dream.
Researchers are finding that millennials focus is less on marriage right away and more on
their personal career goals, financial goals, and spiritual goals. Millennials perspective on
marriage is changing swiftly, we are seeing marriage happen later in life after they are
financially secured, educated and able to know what they want out of a relationship.

The millennial age range are those born between 1981 and 1996. These are the men and
woman who would rather wait for the right mate to come along, focus on themselves, or
other important factors in their lives. On average most millennials aren't even leaving
home until they are 25 years of age. This is because of the social and economical shift in
the world today. Millennials want to better prepare for the future. Rather than commit to
what society expects from them, they are making their own paths.

The women are more educated than ever before, the men are now.focusing more on their
needs rather than the needs of an entire family. Some say this change is a positive one and
we are headed in the right direction, others question the state of what will happen in the
future is we lose the value of marriage and the history behind it. All we know now is
marriage was the number one goal in the past but for a millennial that goal has dropped to
the bottom of the to-do list.

Sports Betting: What Does it Mean for New Jersey?

Sports Betting: What Does it Mean for New Jersey?


Kyle Buckberg | Contributing Writer

Pictured is the temporary Tropicana Sportsbook. The permanent location us currently
under construction



New Jersey won a Supreme Court case in May that would allow all forms of sports
betting throughout the state, overruling the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of
1992, which outlawed sports betting in the majority of U.S. states. The inaugural day of sports
betting in New Jersey commenced at Monmouth Park in June, as Governor Phil Murphy placed
the states’ first sports wager. Borgata Hotel and Casino became the first Atlantic City casino to
accept a sports bet., with Basketball Hall of Famer and former Philadelphia 76er Julius “Dr J.”
Erving laying the very first action. Shortly after the opening of the Borgata sportsbook several
other Atlantic City casinos have followed suit, including Tropicana Resort & Casino, Bally’s
Hotel & Casino, Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, Ocean Resort and Casino, Harrah’s Casino
Resort and Resorts Casino Hotel.

Figures from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement in August showed that $96
million was wagered on sports in the month, and reports from September reveal a 15.5 percent
increase in revenue from the year prior, totaling $272.2 million. With a struggling economy and
over saturated casino industry, sports betting proved to be just the boost that the Atlantic City
casinos needed. “Sports betting has been the thing that this struggling city has needed. Being that
Atlantic City is in between New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C, sports betting
has a real chance to flourish here,” said local small business owner and casino worker Lee
Geiger.

While the kickoff of sports betting yielded very favorable results for the state, those
numbers would pale in comparison to the current revenue coming in from the sports books in
New Jersey. Sports betting revenue has almost doubled from August to September. $184 million
in wagers were placed in September, the surge stemming predominantly from the start of the
NFL and NCAA football seasons.

Although the kickoff of the football season has created a spike in the sports betting
revenue, it’s quite possible the best has yet to come. Revenue will likely increase dramatically
with from the season opening of two of America’s four major sports-- the NBA and NHL. An
influx of tourists traveling to Atlantic City and staying in the casinos during the holiday season,
coupled with a slew of professional sports games to for the masses to bet should significantly
benefit an ongoing attempt at a city revival that has been sought for years.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Stockton to Hold Diversity Issues in Higher Education Event

Stockton to Hold Diversity Issues in Higher Education Event

Ryan Kennedy | Contributing Writer



Guest Speaker Wayne Boatwright

On November 16th, Stockton University will be holding an all day event to tackle the ideas of diversity in higher education. The conference will go from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the University Campus Center.

Every year the event is given a different theme and this years theme focuses on the ideas of Diversity and Inclusion. To begin the event there will be a speaking event by Wayne Boatwright, who is the Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Hackensack Medecin Wealth.

After the events and some words from the Stockton President Harvey Kesselman himself,

there will be four workshops available for attending titled: Safe Spaces: Hate Crimes and Violence, a Political Landscape Shaping Diversity & Inclusion Engagement, Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion, and Call and Respond: Dealing With Social Issues on Campus.

For 18 years the American Conference on Diversity has partnered with New Jersey's leading institutions to hold these events. The event is open to the public and the starting admission stands at 65 dollars, however, fortunate Stockton students can show their ID for a discount that makes their admission to be 35 dollars instead. Student Nauera Abou Abdou, 19, said that she is has “heard about the event in one of her classes and was interested in attending the event.”

There is also expected to be members and representatives from the United Black Student Society, a club which tackles issues and creates programs to address issues related to student minority life. Another likely club that will be represented would be Los Latinos Unidos, a club which strives to enhance the presence of the Latino community around Stockton.

This would be a great event to meet different clubs and experience different workshops. Nearing the end of the program, there will be an area available for another workshop event titled “Student Panel Discussion: Stories Worth Telling.” “I think this [“Student Panel Discussion: Stories Worth Telling.” workshop] will be the most interesting part of the event” (Abou Abdou).

The ending event of the night is held to allow all attending students and staff to speak of personal experiences that they have had to create a “feed” of stories about living as a minority in college life. Any questions can be referred to Diane D’Amicio, Director of News and Media Relations at her email; @Diane.D’Amicio@stockton.edu. The event is advertised for on the University’s website Stockton.edu with all information regarding the event to encourage all students and staff to attend.

A Safe Space for Women of Color to Grow

A Safe Space for Women of Color to Grow 

Mia Forbes | Contributing Writer


Photo Credit: Shedia Laguer

On Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 a group of about 15-20 girls gathered together to offer support, encouragement, and love to one another. The event is known as TogetHER Tuesdays, and they meet every first Tuesday of the month in the TLRC building at the Galloway campus.

This is the organization’s second meeting as they continue to be holding strong. They had sweet beverages and containers of irresistible food catering to those who joined their meeting including freshly baked chicken tenders and mozzarella sticks. With so much delicious food it was a struggle to prevent from getting distracted as they all came to the meeting for one reason- to feel empowered.

There were many exercises shared with the group to help everyone better get to know one another as well. This is in addition to discussing ideas that may better develop the organization and truly create a space for women of color to turn to for support and growth.

According to Dr. Nicole Milan-Tyner, “Mentoring women in the areas of academics, professional, and personal development lends to that empowerment.” Betterment in these three areas lay down what women of color need to achieve higher marks academically, succeed in the professional world, and grow as an individual.

In today’s world although women have made progress in attaining equal rights, breaking gender roles, and feeling more empowered, there is still work that needs to be done. And it can begin with universities around the globe like Stockton University. All it takes is one voice and one idea to cause a wave of change. This is exactly how TogetHER Tuesdays developed because according to Dr. Nicole Milan-Tyner the organization started through “informal conversations among colleagues.” It was from these minute conversations that a grand idea emerged to then develop into such a supportive and loving event.

Not only is there a challenge to overcome as a woman in this day of age, but also as a woman of color. Various nationalities that encompass the female population often face prejudice, bias, discrimination, and so on which discourages them from gaining the education and support they need to thrive.

Women of color must fight for what they deserve and need to be successful. Women of color must develop their own destiny in the world. Women of color must help one another achieve what seems impossible.



Wednesday, November 14, 2018

College Football Playoffs Selection Who’s In?

College Football Playoffs Selection Who’s In?

Shawn Cella | Contributing Writer


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Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Taken by Sports Illustrated


It’s that time of year again. The days are becoming shorter, the holidays are approaching, and college football is almost over. Before it could end, four teams will be selected to participate in the NCAA Playoffs. The winner will become the National Champions. These four teams are decided by the “Selection Committee” based off of talent on records, rosters, strength of schedules, win margin, total offense, total defense, and other considerations.

There are hundreds of teams in the NCAA, so only the best of the best are selected. At this time of year, you can make an argument for about ten different teams to be put in. The University of Central Florida is undefeated for the second year in a row, but have not played a single ranked opponent all season. Georgia lost to LSU, but they are ranked ahead of them by the committee. I point this out because there are arguments to be made for many teams, and I am going to make my argument who I feel should be the four teams selected.

Number one, the University of Alabama. Alabama is on a different planet than their opponents. They are men amongst boys and have not showed any signs of slowing down. This is a very uncontroversial pick, so I will not spend much time on them. They have only played a total of two ranked opponents, but they shut both of them out including the number three ranked team. Every game they play, they seem to get stronger on defense and their offense led by Tua Tagovailoa is having a Heisman season.

Number two, Clemson. This also will not surprise many people. They have a dominant defensive line, full of players who are destined to be first round picks in the NFL. They have had some hiccups against unranked opponents, but are undefeated and look to be getting hot at the right time of the season.

Number three, Oklahoma. This is where my list differs from the current rankings. The selection committee currently has them at number six, but I believe they are a top team in the nation. Led by one of the best athletes in the NCAA, Kyler Murray, they lead college football with 49 points per game. Their offense seems unstoppable and because of this I have them ranked higher. Their defense on the other hand is a liability, but I would take this team to beat both Michigan and Notre Dame any day of the week.



Number four, Georgia. Georgia has one of the most balanced teams in football. They have an amazing defense paired with an above average offense. Add excellent coaching and experience into that equation and you have a scary team. Unlike the committee, that is why I put Georgia over both Michigan and Notre Dame. Georgia still has Alabama on their schedule, so if they are able to get that win, I don’t see a way you could leave Georgia out.