Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson exits the field after falling 45-40 to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Golden: Take the money and turn pro, Malik

Posted December 5th, 2017

In this week’s Golden’s Nuggets, Ced touches on Bevo-related and college football-related items. Here are his takes:

Any chance Tom Herman convinces Malik to stay?

Tom Herman can use these bowl practices not only to figure out what younger players have the most potential to contribute in 2018, but also to somehow convince linebacker Malik Jefferson that he’s better off waiting for one more year before getting NFL money.

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Jefferson hasn’t announced his decision yet, which gives Longhorn Nation a little bit of hope that he’ll be manning this defense next season. But the guess here is that Jefferson, smart guy that he is, realizes that loyalty to the football program should pale in comparison to the millions he can start earning.

He’s dealing with a turf toe injury, not a brain injury. He should be thinking clearly enough to make the smart decision for himself and his family. Take the money. Come back and get your degree later.

Head coach Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes were left out of the College Football Playoff despite winning the Big 10 title. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

CFP doesn’t care about conference titles

Conference championships aren’t nearly as important as one would believe when it comes to the CFP, else the Big Ten champion Ohio State Buckeyes would be playing Clemson in the Sugar Bowl and not USC in the Cotton Bowl.

Remember when the CFP chairman said there was very little separation between Nos. 5 through 8 in the standings before the weekend began? Well, after the committee moved Alabama up to that coveted fourth spot — just ahead of the Buckeyes — Hocutt changed his tune.

It was a tough call, but the committee got it right. Had Ohio State put another 59-0 pasting on Wisconsin in the conference title game, maybe they would have had a bigger beef, but the two losses, including that 55-24 no-show at Iowa, were too much to overcome.

Part of me hoped to see Bama excluded, not because I have anything against the Tide but because it would have moved college football closer to what it really needs — an eight-team playoff.

Imagine these first-round pairings: 1-Clemson vs. 8-USC, 2-Oklahoma vs. 7-Auburn, 3-Georgia vs. 6-Wisconsin, and 4-Alabama vs. 5-Ohio State. Then two more rounds after that. Heaven.

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