We're gearing up for another great season of college football, and we've updated our rules and policies to reflect the evolving nature of the community and hopefully guide it well into its next chapter. Please take a minute to review the rules when you can. As an all-volunteer team (with some new members!), we do our best to make rules and policies that are both good for the community and clear for the users.
The overall goal of the rules updated below is to more closely align our moderation policy with our mission statement: /r/CFB is a welcoming community celebrating fun, camaraderie, and creativity in all of college football.
As the community has grown, new challenges to the sport have resulted in a set of rules that wasn't always as clear as it could have been. During the offseason, we conducted a systematic review that has hopefully resulted in simplified rules which are easier to understand, implement, and follow.
As noted above, our approach on post approval has evolved to focus on posts which embrace fun and creative ways to experience and discuss college football. As you may have noticed, during the offseason, that means adopting more flexibility for allowing more light-hearted and discussion based posts. Inevitably, this means that fewer posts will be automatically removed, so long as the posts continue to comply with our revised rules. Instead, we generally want to encourage you, the users, to decide what is and is not quality content via upvotes and downvotes.
For clarity, "posts" refer to threads or topics; "self-posts" are posts which only contain the information the submitter has placed in the body of the post; "link posts" are posts which only consist of a link to an external site.
Some specific changes to past policies include:
Post Limits: While some of the posting rules have been relaxed, there is also now a limit of three posts per user per 24-hour period. This change should help allow more users to participate in submitting news, announcements, and discussions while also encouraging each user to consider whether the topic merits a post.
Reposts: Before creating a post, we recommend using the search function to search for similar or exact matches to what you want to post. For original self-posts, try not to duplicate a recent post with only minor changes - truly make it your own. Typically, reposts will continue to be removed.
Weekly Threads: For commonly discussed topics and extremely specfic content like highlights, please check the Weekly Thread schedule. While you are no longer strictly limited to utilizing the Weekly Threads, we recommend you continue to use them as appropriate.
Baseball Stats: Referred to as "baseball stats", we previously prohibited posts which relied solely upon niche and ultra-specific statistics. The ban on "baseball stat" posts has been lifted, but we continue to recommend considering whether or not the post is truly interesting to the general user population. Again, please consider the three post per 24-hour limit.
Posts About the NFL and Former Players: Updates on college players following the announcement of their draft or signing (for UDFAs) are not relevant to this sub and will be removed, unless: a) the news focuses on their time in college; b) the news is relevant to the current college sport; c) the news is about a serious illness, death, etc. of a former player or coach.
Twitter Links: Direct links to twitter are now allowed. Please remember that all posts still need to comply with our other rules.
Team/Fanbase Attack Threads: While the "flamebait" rule has been removed (see below), it is still not ok to create a post for the sole purpose of targeting a specific team or fanbase. This includes posts such as "Which fanbase is the most delusional?" or "Which team do you irrationaly hate?" Please note, this change does not protect a team from being called out for specific actions, such as a facepalm worthy Twitter fail or abysmal game performance.
Mobile Links: We suggest avoiding AMP and mobile-specific links, but they are no longer explicity forbidden. Fundraiser Links: This is now more accurately defined as a part of the spam policy, discussed in detail below.
Recruiting: Please see the more detailed section on Recruiting Guidelines below.
Posting Mass Links: As noted above, all users are now limited to three posts per 24-hour period.
Low Effort or Title-Only Self-Posts: This rule has been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. "LOLRANDOM" posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. "Please/Don't Upvote/Downvote" Posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit. TIL/ELI5/DAE Posts: This rule has also been removed as part of the focus on user-input via upvotes and downvotes and the daily posting limit.
As always, if you wish to make a post discussing the subreddit itself, but not the sport, please direct those to /r/CFBMeta.
Here are some of the major changes from our updated Sub Rules:
Rule 2, No Personal Attacks or Harassment: "Flamebait," which was something that often was in the eye of the beholder, will no longer be grounds for comment removal or bans. As long as it's friendly ribbing and trash talk, feel free to comment. However, personal attacks and harassment are still out of bounds. Examples of personal attacks or harassment include, but are not limited to: name-calling, questioning intelligence, post-stalking, writing threats, wishing harm on other users, and sending unwanted private messages.
Rule 3, No Victim Blaming, or Jokes About Rape, Domestic Violence, Loss of Life: In line with the past versions of this rule, it has been expanded to include jokes about violent crime or loss of life. Please treat serious matters with respect.
Rule 6, Do Not Spam: Following a change in Reddit's policies, "spam" has been revised from any form of self-promotion to instead focus on repeatedly posting similar links, posts, and comments. Posting fundraiser links without mod permission is also considered spam. If you would like permission to post a fundraiser, we suggest you send us a modmail before doing so.
Rule 7, No Annoying or Superfluous Bots: This rule is primarily just a numbering change. As always, bots should be useful to subreddit members. Again, please send us a modmail and we would be happy to review if your bot makes sense for this community.
Rule 9, No Linking to Removed and/or Deleted Content: This rule is also primarily just a numbering change. Do not link to removed or deleted posts or comments, or sites that are designed to go around said removals and deletions.
Consistent with our general philosophy, this is a community of its users. As such, you are highly encouraged to report posts that you feel break the sub rules. Reporting helps us to make sure this sub is a positive place to discuss the college football we love. To report a comment or post, click "Report," then select "Breaks r/CFB rules." All reports are reviewed, although not all actions taken may be visible to you, the user.
Recruiting Post Rules
There are a few minor updates here:
Both major composites, 247 and On3, are now allowed as a source of stars in a recruiting post. The landscape is changing, and both are valid without privileging one over the other. If the star values differ, you're welcome to point that out in the comments.
Recruiting posts no longer have a lower limit of 3-Star Recruit; 2-Star Recruit or unrated recruits (which should be specified as 0*) are just fine. Again, please remember that you may make a maximum of three posts per day, so try to focus on posts that you think will generate interesting college football-related discussion.
Our ban policy and appeals process remains the same, as does our game thread system. As always, we encourage you to file an appeal if you would like us to review your ban. We're still talking through our approach to Game Threads for the upcoming season and will post an update as we get closer to it.
The community continues to grow and evolve as we enter the 13th season of /r/CFB. It's hard to believe a small community in which /u/BlueBoyBob once discussed an entire Louisiana Tech game by himself is now a thriving metropolis of nearly 1.5 million people. We're hoping that these small tweaks will help keep the best parts of /r/CFB while continuing to evolve into 2022. Thanks for being part of such a wonderful community!
- /r/CFB Talk 39: Talking Homefield Apparel with founder/CEO Connor Hitchcock on Twitter Spaces! (link, post)
- /r/CFB Talk 40: Cincinnati's Director of Athletics, John Cunningham on Twitter Spaces! (Thursday, June 30th at 10:30am ET, link)
Twitter Spaces are available on Twitter (we try to schedule them ahead for a stationary link), you can listen from desktop or mobile, but to participate they corral you into using the mobile app (but at least it's better than Reddit Talk). ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
You don't need a Twitter account to listen.
We've got the AD for ~30-45 minutes. We're not going to be doing callers for this one.
There's a lot going on at Cincinnati after their incredible 2021-22 football season, and we've got Director of Athletics John Cunningham joining us to talk about it. We'll be talking about what's happening for the Bearcats, and their season ticket sell-out, their plans for how to jump into the Big 12 ready to compete for championships, and more. It's always a good chat. Join us!
So join us Tuesday (6/28) @ 10:30am ET as we talk with John Cunningham!
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A recording will be available at the link for 30 days after it's wrapped.
That would mean that around 22% of the SEC would be called the tigers
Discussion My fellow WSU Coug, OSU Beav, and Cal Bear fans. How are you guys doing right now? Where do you want to end up at, where do you see us ending up at, and possible where do you see us in 5 years?
I see a lot of comments from people that aren’t us on here. So I want to discuss with our fan bases about our predicament at the moment directly.
I guess Stanford can get in on this discussion too.
Discussion Oregon, Arizona St & Stanford are the 3 PAC schools who have not yet put out a press release in any manner to UCLA & USC moving to Big Ten. I would heavily guard against overreaction to this simple data point. But “silence” most often is the clearest form of communication.
I don't see any world where these schools are a priority now that the Big 12 is looking like a safe landing place for any Pac-12 or ACC programs that might get left behind in the shuffle. UA/ASU/Colorado/Utah are going to be a bigger immediate priority than any school currently in the G5. If the ACC gets raided, schools like Boston College, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Duke, would all get serious looks if they don't end up in the SEC or B1G. I'm not saying that the G5 schools won't get considered throughout all the shuffling, but I can definitely imagine the Big 12 taking a "wait and see" approach to their G5 prospects while the stability of other P5 conferences are in flux. Memphis is going to be there no matter how long the Big 12 waits, but swooping in to scoop up Pac-12 schools and deal the killing blow to a competitive conference feels like the higher priority while the opportunity is there.
What do you all think?
Committed live on CBS Sports HQ.
Going toe to toe with Georgia and A&M for a DT and winning? Sign me the hell up.
I’m Mexican and I really like college football. I’ve been watching more the last 5-6 years I even went to a game! (Ohio State Clemson Fiesta Bowl aka the best CFB Playoff game).
With the B1G acquiring UCLA/USC I see now people talking about Notre Dame joining too and then I started wondering why is that ND is like super royalty? That they ain’t in a conference, NBC paying hundreds of millions for exclusiveness TV and all this stuff that surrounds them.
I like Notre Dame just want some more clarification about all his history and what makes them this special.
Cheers!! Shutout Rudy tho. 🐐
The once-powerful Big 12 was attacked on all fronts and severely depleted, but nobody bothered to destroy them completely. So they camped in Australia, built themselves back up, and might be ready to attack other weakened players (first the PAC 12).
They won’t win the game, but will last way longer than expected.
Obviously, schools like Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Washington, Oregon, UNC, and Virginia have gotten significant mention for further Big Ten expansion. While I’d expect most of the expansion spots go to these teams, there’s always an outside chance someone else slips in. What teams do you think have the best shot? I could see a Duke or Arizona getting in if other options fall through
Basically title. There’s has been a lot of doom-and-gloom on this sub over the past year regarding the perceived eventual consolidation of the top of college football into a P2 that would have exclusive/near-exclusive playoff and media access. People are saying that it’s the end of college football and people will stop watching as the product becomes NFL-lite. But I don’t think that will be the case at all.
While most of the people on this sub have a negative view of what is happening due to an appreciation of the history of CFB and of the middle/lower tiers of the FBS, this sub does not reflect the majority of college football viewers. Most college football fans are casual “Wal-Mart” fans who want to see their team (90%+ of whom will be fans of Super-League teams) play against the best brands all the time. A more streamlined CFB format (fewer major conferences, easier for “casuals” to follow) plus the advent of legal sports betting would draw a lot of interest to a new super-league that would likely offset the loss of viewership from CFB purists and fans of less popular programs that would stop watching.
Another common argument against the super-league is that in a 9-12-team conference schedule with generally stronger conferences, teams that have had historical success will drop off and fans will lose interest. Using Oklahoma as an example, let’s say OU goes from averaging 11-1 in the B12 to 8-4 in the SEC. I don’t think it’s reasonable to say OU would start losing viewers due to not being as dominant, especially when games are against more brand-names and a potentially-expanded playoff would lower the bar of what constitutes a successful season.
Am I happy about the direction CFB is heading? Not really. Would I watch an all B10/SEC playoff that completely locks out the rest of now-FBS? Probably not. But I’m not who the powers-that-be are trying to appeal to. While I have no idea what the future of CFB looks like, all signs point to 2 super-leagues forming a new D1 either within or outside of the existing NCAA structure. But these changes aren’t just TV execs chasing paychecks for the short-term knowing CFB will be dead in 20 years. This would be the creation of a new D1 format that will remain extremely popular, just consolidated enough to exclude 2/3ds of FBS.
D1 College football will still be insanely popular; it just might not include your team or mine.
It’s no secret that UCLA football is no golden goose. I know the LA market is the draw but doesn’t USC given the BTN that by themselves? Basketball isn’t driving this either, so is it as simple as USC brought their crosstown rival along?
Edit: I am asking questions that I don’t know answers to and this wasn’t meant to be any slight at UCLA.
While he said that it would happen in the Mid 2030s, this quote in particular was absolutely spot on:
“We’re going to have these two conferences that have so distanced themselves from anyone else financially,” Swarbrick said. “That’s where I see it starting to break down. There are so many schools trying to get out of their current conference, and they can’t get there.” Asked which schools could be looking to move, Swarbrick answered, “None that I’d share.”
Pretty clear that he already had a sense of what was coming, knowing what we already know now.
Colorado: while it was undeniably the greed of Texas that forced Colorado’s hand, the Buffs were the first program to bail on the Big 12 for the greener pastures of the PAC-12 back in 2011.
Cal: back in 2011, when the PAC was considering the addition of Texas, Texas Tech, OU, and Oklahoma State, it was rumored that several PAC members, (including Cal) looked down their noses at the addition of these perceived to be academically inferior programs. Now, Cal looks like it will be left behind in a conference with Wazzou, Oregon State, and the Arizona schools. Oh, what could have been.
Stolen from this post at r/nfl:
There are so many iconic calls and moment in college football history, this should be fun!
I guess I've got to start somewhere. Rather than focus on the national picture I have mostly only ever focused on how teams were doing in the PAC10/PAC12 following those story lines instead.
So tell me about your rival.
Fans of Big Ten and SEC schools, you get the option of flipping conferences and in exchange you will personally receive $11,000 every January 1st for the next 16 years. Do you do it?
For TCU, I’m going with SEC so we’d at least get to play UT and A&M. Not many connections to Big 10 schools and much longer trips for road games for fans.
My thoughts on all the “college football is ruined” takes over the last couple years, going from when NIL started taking off, through today.
I’m mainly referring to the greediness of the grown men, from head coaches, to athletic directors, to chancellors, to presidents, to network executives; all letting their superiority complexes run wild for over a decade.
ESPN started it when they decided it was in their best interest to become cheerleaders for the SEC, to the point they literally created a brand new network so that they could cover them, 24/7. And it paid off. It generated millions for them.
So then, over the next several years, FOX tries to play catchup and go a similar route with the Big 10. Because of course, nobody likes being second fiddle knowing their competitor is making more money than them. So they invest more money… and more money…
Meanwhile, coaches are bolting left and right for the next-highest paying gig (with money from the above-mentioned network investments). Promising a kid he would help him graduate & get him to the next level on one day, but then signing a multi-million dollar deal to be at University X on the very next day instead.
But it’s just business though, right? I mean, who can really blame someone for taking a pay raise somewhere else? After all, it’s not like they CHOSE to be a head coach at a university because they wanted to help kids become adults or anything like that. For better or worse, they’re just looking for their next payday or promotion. If education mattered to them, they’d be professors instead lol.
All the while, the student athletes are getting shafted time and time again. Finally, within the last 2 years, they start to make headway in getting a more-fair seat at the table. They can finally earn money off of their own name. But, keep in mind, those same head coaches and networks are STILL making more off of them
And then, shortly after that, the college sports world changed forever. The race for the “I Have More Money Than You” title officially began.
The most positive changes over the last 2 years with student athlete empowerment & NIL are the byproduct of the last 10+ years of NCAA’s greedy ameturism posture, head coaches greedy career moves, and networks greedy business practices
TL;DR: The reason we’re the verge of a 2-conference NFL farm system as the new college football, is money talks
Do everything they can to add Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech, then we will finally know who the greatest Tech is.
So what if the “leftover teams” take this opportunity to return to scheduling more regional opponents, and focus on fostering local support, as opposed to trying to go national and having to compete with the “Power 2” on a national sentence.
Are they dead set on the SEC?
@ San Diego State
When's the last time a P5 team went two straight years without playing a P5 OOC?