Notre Dame Still Squarely in Playoff Picture


I know. Being the second-ranked football team this week would make us all feel a lot more comfortable about our chances of making the inaugural edition of the College Football Playoffs. We are one silly offensive pass interference away from "hosting" a first round playoff matchup. Now that we're all done throwing our remotes, replacing our flat screens, and replenishing our liquor cabinets, it's time to look at the playoff picture. The whole picture. We don't know what exactly the 12-person … [Read more...]

Opponent Watch: Sleepless Saturday Edition


Who To Watch USC at Utah (Sat 10:00pm ET Fox Sports 1) If you can't get to sleep late on Saturday night (and let's be honest: after last week, who can?), here's a Pac-12 matchup on an obscure cable channel that kicks off waaay later than a football game should. Utah's offense shouldn't provide matchup problems for USC's defense, but a better metric is to watch how the Ute defense is able to contain the Trojan offense. With the Thanksgiving trip out west looming for the Irish as the … [Read more...]

The SEC Is Awesome Theory – WEEK 8 UPDATE

SEC Is Awesome

Welcome back for another edition of The SEC Is Awesome Theory. The title reads 'Week 8 Update' above, however I was very tempted to swap the lone '8' for an '80%' in honor of the AWESOME-est conference in the land achieving 80% population in the AP Top 25 - JUST AS THIS COLUMN PREDICTED (via a different path). We've got some terrific awesomeness to go over, so let's dispense with the pleasantries and get down to business. The AWESOME Games (10) Georgia 45 / (NR) Arkansas 32 - Hats … [Read more...]

Notre Dame Fans, There Is No ACC Referee Conspiracy

Ref and penalty flag

Look, I understand that everyone is upset about the offensive pass interference call against Notre Dame which took away a win from Florida State. I am right there with you. But this whole, "there are ACC refs conspiring against us" needs to stop immediately. It's a terrible look and it isn't even close to factual. Thanks to a comment on HLS on Tuesday, I was made aware of a forum post that linked to another blog post which claimed that Pat Ryan, the back judge that flagged that fateful OPI … [Read more...]

TCB Poll: Week 8 Reactions

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Beginning in 2014, a playoff selection committee will determine which four college football teams play for the national title. Some are skeptical of the committee, so we -- the Elvii of college football -- have joined together to present our weekly playoff nominations. We call it the T.C.B. Poll. … [Read more...]