As first CFP poll draws closer, Team Selection Committee meets again

For the third consecutive week, members of Florida Citrus Sports’ team selection committee met at the Varsity Club at Camping World Stadium to recap the latest in the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC and SEC.

Rob Rudolph was on hand in West Lafayette for Purdue’s upset win over Ohio State. Before the game, he spent time with ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit.

This week, Rob Rudolph led off the presentations with his dispatch from the weekend’s biggest upset — Purdue’s 49-20 stunner against No. 2 Ohio State.

“The people are excited,” Rudolph said of his pre- and post-game interactions with the Boilermakers faithful. “They’re there early, they stay late and they rush the field at the end of the game. It looks like the Purdue folks are committed to their future, and it’s very, very bright.”

Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Florida Citrus Sports representatives were also on hand at Penn State-Indiana, Maryland-Iowa, Illinois-Wisconsin and Michigan-Michigan State.

“We met with a number of fans both before and after the game who had good memories of coming down here,” Rob Rogers said of Michigan and Michigan State, adding that, “Michigan traveled really well to the game. I’d say they had 30 percent of the fans.”

Week 8 was a light week in the ACC, but Florida Citrus Sports still had representatives at Virginia-Duke and NC State-Clemson.

“If you’ve never been to a Clemson game I would highly recommend the pregame festivities,” said Royce Kincaid. “It’s the most exciting 25 minutes on a college football field.”

The Big 12 slate only featured two games over the weekend, and Jim Gertsch was on hand for one of them — Oklahoma’s impressive road win over TCU. And in the SEC, scouts were there for Vanderbilt-Kentucky, Mississippi State-LSU and Alabama-Tennessee.

“They were really exited to hear that the Citrus Bowl was in Kentucky and had them on the list,” Bill Brooks said of the scene at the Wildcats’ 14-7 win over the Commodores. “They are very, very enthusiastic. If they were to end up in this game, they would take all their tickets and then some.”

The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, in the Varsity Club. The Team Selection Committee is an all-volunteer community that represents Florida Citrus Sports at games across the Big Ten, SEC, ACC and Big 12, and participation is open to all active members. To check out recaps from past Team Selection Committee meetings, click here, and to learn more about membership options, visit our information page.

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