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The College Football Championship: The Fight for the Top Spot


Series
Spectacular Sports

by
Matt Doeden

Edition
Library edition
Publisher
Lerner
Imprint
Millbrook
ISBN
9781467718974
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“It’s almost hard to believe that the national title game is relatively new in college football. For more than a century, the sport went on without such a spectacle. . . . But no longer.”. Source notes. Glossary. Further reading. Index. Black-and-white and full-color photographs and illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

64

Trim Size

9" x 9"

AR

6.8: points 2

Lexile

1050L

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

6

JLG Release

Jan 2016

Book Genres


Topics

Football. College sports. Football history. Choosing a national champion. Polls. Debates.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

In this well-designed and informative title, Doeden describes how college football evolved from its beginnings as a rugby-soccer hybrid into a game millions of Americans enjoy watching on autumnal Saturdays. Early on, college football’s many fans clamored for a way to determine the number one team in the country. The convoluted polls of the Associated Press and United Press collided with countless bowl games, creating an infuriatingly fallible system. Between the polls and bowls, many seasons ended with split championships or disputed titles. In 2015, the first true championship game pitted the top two teams in the nation against each other, answering without a doubt the question of who was number one. With analysis of memorable national title games, college football’s great dynasties, and unforgettable moments from championship games, Doeden expertly describes the high stakes of NCAA football. He discusses the future of the game, specifically emphasizing the need to address the health and safety concerns inherent to the sometimes brutal, always exciting game. When it comes to college football books, the pickings are slim, with very little apart from thin volumes devoted to one school or the NCAA. This engaging book pairs lively sports writing with vivid photographs, filling a gap in collections with its attention to the history and future of college football. VERDICT Highly recommended for sports enthusiasts.—Abby Bussen, Cudahy Family Library, WI

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School Library Journal

In this well-designed and informative title, Doeden describes how college football evolved from its beginnings as a rugby-soccer hybrid into a game millions of Americans enjoy watching on autumnal Saturdays. Early on, college football’s many fans clamored for a way to determine the number one team in the country. The convoluted polls of the Associated Press and United Press collided with countless bowl games, creating an infuriatingly fallible system. Between the polls and bowls, many seasons ended with split championships or disputed titles. In 2015, the first true championship game pitted the top two teams in the nation against each other, answering without a doubt the question of who was number one. With analysis of memorable national title games, college football’s great dynasties, and unforgettable moments from championship games, Doeden expertly describes the high stakes of NCAA football. He discusses the future of the game, specifically emphasizing the need to address the health and safety concerns inherent to the sometimes brutal, always exciting game. When it comes to college football books, the pickings are slim, with very little apart from thin volumes devoted to one school or the NCAA. This engaging book pairs lively sports writing with vivid photographs, filling a gap in collections with its attention to the history and future of college football. VERDICT Highly recommended for sports enthusiasts.—Abby Bussen, Cudahy Family Library, WI

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