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Team Selection Committee meets again ahead of first CFP poll release

Eleven ranked teams lost during Week 9 of the college football season, and on Monday, members of the Team Selection Committee returned to the Varsity Club to discuss the action they saw firsthand at campuses around the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 during the final weekend of October.

Chris Kearney led off the presentations with his recap from Northwestern’s upset victory over Wisconsin — the Wildcats’ fourth straight win following a 1-3 start to the season. Northwestern has not played in the Citrus Bowl since 1997 but currently sits atop the Big Ten West with a 5-1 record in conference play.

“After Northwestern won, the AD and head coach thanked us for attending the game,” Kearney said of his visit, which he made with former Wildcats football player John Clark. “Northwestern reps and fans said they’d love to be in the mix to return to the Citrus Bowl for the first time in 20 years.”

In the ACC, Dennis Donath and Brent Muller were in Blacksburg for Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech on Thursday, Shawn Cavalieri scouted Boston College’s win over Miami Friday night, and Kirt Bocox and Robert Irvine were in Tallahassee for Clemson’s convincing win over Florida State early Saturday.

Barry Delello was also in Syracuse for the Orange’s upset of North Carolina State.

“Everyone was very enthusiastic about this year’s team and everything that Orlando has to offer if they’re selected,” Delello wrote of Syracuse in his report from the game. “Many (tailgaters) felt there would be interest in the game if they were selected.”

In the Big 12, Florida Citrus Sports representatives were on hand for both the Kansas-Oklahoma game and Oklahoma State’s thrilling win over No. 6 Texas.

“We started our day by going through the RV lot, and we had a dozen or more people tell us how much fun they had at the Camping World Bowl last year,” Matt Mougey said. “They said that if they had an opportunity to go again, they would go.”

Purdue-Michigan State and Iowa-Penn State highlighted the Big Ten games with Citrus Bowl reps in attendance, and in the SEC, scouts were on hands for wins by Georgia, Mississippi State, Kentucky and South Carolina.

“The tailgating was good,” Todd Leda said of South Carolina. “I talked to a few people who were here in 2014 and they were very excited about possibly coming back to our game someday.”

The next Team Selection Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 5, 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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