Yes, we have a playoff system now. But before we did, Champions Week may have been the closest thing to it.

Teams would battle throughout the regular season in hopes of playing one more game at the end. In some cases, winning this "extra game" could earn them a shot at even one more game that would decide the national champion. Hmm ... sounds very playoff-ish to us.

Arguably, the Conference Championship games were a necessary evolutionary step toward what we have now. This does not mean that such games have lost their relevance. It is certain that the College Football Playoff Committee will still be using these match-ups to calculate their final decision as to the first four teams to enter the very first playoffs.

So, this week the committee may have answers to questions like: Can Florida State beat a decent team this late in the season? Should the Crimson Tide or Oregon Ducks be number 1? And lastly; why did the Big 12 stop having Championship games? Really Big 12 ... co-champions?

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FANFARE TRIVIA: The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference make up what group?
(Look for the answer in the next issue of the Suntime Fanfare)

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Our Fan Favorites for the Holidays!

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Designed by our talented graphics team, our unique helmet and field clocks are built in 3D and photorealistically rendered. Painstakingly researched, we have even reproduced the schools' individual end-zone designs and goal posts! Our 3D renders are then carefully combined with a jersey-inspired background, including bold word mark and logo treatments, to create a brilliant and spirited design surpassing anything else on the market!

These 12-inch wall clocks feature a battery-powered quartz-accurate movement. Unlike other, all-plastic wall clocks, you experience superior visibility and durability with our mineral glass crystal. The printed ring on the interior side of the crystal clearly displays the numerals and hour markers, while a school-color-coordinated bezel ring provides the finishing touch. Call 1-800-659-2824 today!

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Holiday Stress-Busting Moves

Oh the joys of holiday stress!

The human stress response is a complicated thing that has evolved over time. Long ago, we were much more physical - hunting and gathering, defending ourselves against real enemies, enduring harsh weather conditions, etc. Now, in comparison, we live relatively sedentary lives. Our problems are more emotional and mental than physical, but our response is still a physical one. When presented with a stressful situation, adrenaline is released into the bloodstream, our muscles get tense as we prepare to react, blood pressure increases, and our breathing becomes shallow and rapid.

The solution is simple - exercise. According to the American Psychological Association, exercise can improve mental health by helping the brain cope better with stress. This conclusion is based on research into the effect of exercise on neurochemicals involved in the body's stress response, which suggests that physically active people have lower rates of anxiety and depression than sedentary people. Here are some exercises you can do to reduce your stress this holiday season.

1. Go for a Walk

A quick walk in the park could actually shift your brain into a calmer state, according to recent research. A study from the UK found that walking through green spaces can put the brain into a meditative state. The act is found to trigger "involuntary attention" meaning that it holds attention while also allowing for reflection. Like any other cardiovascular exercise, brisk walking also boosts endorphins, which can reduce stress hormones and alleviate mild depression.

2. Try a Yoga Pose or Two

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines stretching exercises, controlled breathing and relaxation. Yoga can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. And almost anyone can do it. A number of studies have shown that yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety. It can also enhance your mood and overall sense of wellbeing.

3. Team Sports

If you're having a hard time motivating yourself to get some exercise, playing a team sport might be the trick. Round up your friends or family and organize a game of football, basketball, or soccer - just three of many choices. You get a double dose of stress relief from participating in team sports: Not only are you having fun with loved ones, but you're also working up a sweat and releasing endorphins. Exercising with friends or co-workers can also motivate you to push yourself a little harder in order to stay competitive.

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Week 15: Ranked Potential Conference Champs


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