Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:21:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 HLS TV (Episode 9): We Have a ND Sports Blogger on Deck http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/31/hls-tv-episode-9-nd-sports-blogger-deck/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hls-tv-episode-9-nd-sports-blogger-deck http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/31/hls-tv-episode-9-nd-sports-blogger-deck/#respond Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:21:53 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26913 It took us a while to get our schedules sorted after the bye week, but the official ND Sports Blogger and IBG member, Aaron Horvath, joined Molly Moran and I for a brand new episode of HLS TV this morning. We kicked off by starting out by talking about all the cool things Fighting Irish […]

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It took us a while to get our schedules sorted after the bye week, but the official ND Sports Blogger and IBG member, Aaron Horvath, joined Molly Moran and I for a brand new episode of HLS TV this morning.

We kicked off by starting out by talking about all the cool things Fighting Irish Digital Media (FIDM) is up to. If you aren’t keeping up to date with all of it, you should be. Here’s a list of some things you should be aware of:

Yeah, that’s a lot of awesome stuff. Go follow all of it. As well as the official ND Twitter accounts which you should hopefully have no trouble finding.

Anyways, we discuss all that FIDM stuff, the College Football Playoff Rankings, a Notre Dame mid-season report, the Navy game, and also the Navy series as a whole. Both the YouTube and audio podcast/download can be found below. Enjoy and thanks again for joining us Aaron!


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Friday Roundup: The “Top QB 2014″ Edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/31/friday-roundup-top-qb-2014-edition/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=friday-roundup-top-qb-2014-edition http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/31/friday-roundup-top-qb-2014-edition/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:52:22 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26903 On November 1, 1913 Notre Dame established the forward pass as a legitimate offense in college football. Its purpose was to make the quarterback the most feared player on the field and propel the team to greatness. They succeeded. Today, the Navy calls him the guy that embarrasses them every year*. The Fighting Irish call […]

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On November 1, 1913 Notre Dame established the forward pass as a legitimate offense in college football. Its purpose was to make the quarterback the most feared player on the field and propel the team to greatness.

They succeeded.

Today, the Navy calls him the guy that embarrasses them every year*. The Fighting Irish call him….

TOP QB

Tommy Rees Topgun

*2007, 2009, and 2010 didn’t exist…why the hell is everybody acting like they did?

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Tommy Rees packs up his locker for the last time after the 2013 season. The road was long and imperfect, but he did what he came to South Bend to do. As he reflected on his Irish football career coming to end, Brian Kelly enters the room.

Kelly: [Grinning ear-to-ear with a cigar in his mouth] How’s it feel to be on the front page of every newspaper in the English-speaking world? Even though Michigan State denies that you cost them the title, congratulations! They gave you your choice of duty, son. Anything, anywhere. Do you believe that shit? Where do you think you wanna go?

Rees: I thought of being a coach, sir.

Kelly: TOP QB?!

Rees: Yes, sir.

Kelly: [With a knowing smile] God help us.

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Rees arrives at an undisclosed location in San Diego, California. He figured that the TOP QB coaching would take place in South Bend as it always had, but orders are orders and he knew better than to question them. As he settled in to his office, he hears a knock on the door…

Voice from outside: Hey, it’s Jester.

Rees: [Whispers to himself] So we’re still doing this call sign thing, huh? [Louder and to the door] Come in.

Evan “Jester” Sharpley enters through the door.

Rees: What are you doing here?! I thought you were running training camps out in Indiana?

Sharpley: Not today, hotshot. I have additional orders. [Sharpley tosses an envelope labeled "CLASSIFIED" on Rees' desk] We have a new recruit to get ready and fast. The 2014 season is approaching and we don’t have a lot of time.

Rees opens the letter that reveals a piece of paper that simply says “Cougar is back”. Rees has a confused look on his face.

Sharpley: Something a matter, Maverick?

Rees: Seriously, why are we still using call signs?! I swear, Coach Kelly goes on one Top Gun binge after losing to Navy in 2010 and everything just got weird. Who the hell is Cougar?

Sharpley: Have you already forgotten so soon? [Leans in to whisper] It’s Golson, Mav. Golson.

Rees: Why are you whispering like it’s top secret? That’s not how call signs work–you know what, forget it… So that’s why we are all the way out in San De–

Sharpley: AN UNDISCLOSED LOCATION, MAVERICK!

Rees: Jesus, there’s an ESPN truck right outside George Whitfield’s camp, everyone knows where Golson is right now.

Sharpley: [Getting angry] You mean, Guru, Mav.

Rees: [While facepalming] Fine…why are we out here in this classified location to train Cougar while Guru has been doing just that for the entire year.

Sharpley: He’s missing on crucial element before he’s ready to return to South Bend.

Rees: And that is?

Sharpley: Shirtless. Volleyball. Montage.

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The 2014 season has just passed the midway point after a tough loss to Florida State. Everyone has returned to South Bend as the bye week closes and Rees notices Everett Golson has been staring at something on his computer for the past hour and Rees notices he has broken into that same cold sweat that he did right before Rees was bumped up the depth chart.

Rees: Everett, what’s wrong? What are you watching?

Golson turns his computer around and presses play.

Rees: [snickering] Well, I guess those Middies have to win something. Missed a trolling opportunity though. Not a single mention of cut blo–[notices Golson is terrified]–wait, what’s wrong? What’s on your mind?

Golson: My team, sir. I let them down the other week and I just got back here…I’m so scared…

Rees: Come on, we’ve seen things like this before–

Golson: Not like this, sir. Not all wiped out by a flag. I needed to make one more play and I couldn’t. I’m holding on to tight…I’ve lost the edge.

Rees: Lost the edge?! Give me a break. You don’t convert 4th and freakin’ 18 without an edge, much less a 4th and goal that was executed so well the refs were convinced something was wrong. It happens.

Golson: But…that flag…

Rees: Look, you are in the top 1% of all quarterbacks in college football. The elite. The best of the best. Notre Dame will make you better. You’ll be in practice every day, attend classes in between, and have your performance evaluated on the field every Saturday. Now in every game, you’re going to meet a different challenge. Every game will be much more difficult. ND will push your game right to the edge of the envelope. Each game will be faster than you’ve ever played before–and more dangerous. Now, we can’t control all the flags here, Everett. The referees do that. We simply go out and play the game.

Golson appears to have calmed and nods his head in agreement. Rees starts to walk out of the room, but pauses, and turns back for Golson.

Rees: Remember, Everett, there’s no points for second place.

The Roundup

And this is one of the reasons why I delay the Roundup now. Because big stories like Dave Brandon resigning have a habit of breaking after I hit “publish”.

Now this is a throwback. Well done, Aggies.

Want to know how many points TCU scored last week? They burned through all their fireworks against Texas Tech. For the season.

If you ever think your CFB life can’t be any worse, just remember, you could always be a Pitt fan.

If that doesn’t convince you, try imagining being on the wrong end of some of these plays.

More dominoes are falling in college athletic reform. The Pac 12 is next up by passing quite a few very beneficial changes.

Hatin’ Ass Spurrier refuses to take a bye. And did he ever bring it this week.

And now, your moments of Nix… Yes, moments, because I’m not even going to try and decide between these two:

The Booze

This week, I have two variations of the same cocktail. One appears to be on the sweeter side and the other uses bourbon. Chose your weapon wisely:

Shipwreck (sweeter variation)

  • Fill a shaker with ice and the following:
    • 1/2 oz Midori
    • 1/2 oz Malibu Rum
    • 2 oz Orange Juice
    • 2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Mix and strain into a highball glass
  • Top with 1/2 oz Grenadine

Shipwreck (bourbon variation)

  • Fill shaker with ice and the following:
    • 1 oz Bourbon
    • 1 oz Aged Rum
    • 3/4 oz lime juice
    • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • Mix and strain into highball glass
  • Garnish with mint leaves and 3-4 dashes of Angostura bitters

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Who To Watch

Florida State at Louisville (Thu 7:30pm ET ESPN)

Louisville QB Will Gardner. Not related to Michigan QB Devin Gardner. Source: Kansas City Star

On Thursday, Louisville QB Will Gardner will attempt to do something Everett Golson could not: lead his team to a victory over Florida State.
Source: Kansas City Star

Hope you enjoyed the bye week, Loyal Readers, because we’re all saddled up for the stretch run. Brian Kelly is 13-3 in November as head coach of Notre Dame, but the focus of this post lies outside of South Bend.

On Thursday night, Jameis Winston takes his Humble Pie to play another Notre Dame opponent, Louisville. The Cardinals play in Papa Johns Stadium, so we’ll infer this Humble Pie comes with pepperoni, but hold the anchovies. This game is a wash from an opponent strength-of-schedule perspective, but a Louisville victory would have significant playoff implications for FSU, the Irish, and a host of other teams.

I can’t bring myself to cheer for Jameis – I’m pretty sure that Jimbo Fisher and the Tallahassee Police are about the only ones left in his corner — but I’ll be interested in seeing how FSU bounces back after their physical (and emotional?) week leading up to the ND game.

Whatever the result here on Thursday, let’s hope the Irish take care of business themselves on Saturday night against Navy.

Strength-of-Schedule Rankings

Rank

Team

Record

Weekly Change

15 Southern Cal 5-3 -2
19 North Carolina 4-4 +4
20 Syracuse 3-5 -4
30 Arizona State 6-1 -12
32 Michigan 3-5 -18
33 Stanford 5-3 +8
35 Northwestern 3-4 +4
36 Notre Dame 6-1 +2
41 Florida State 7-0 +5
43 Purdue 3-5
66 Louisville 6-2 -3
101 Navy 4-4 -4
132 Rice 4-3 +67

Upcoming Opponents

  • Northwestern at Iowa (Sat 12:00pm ET Big Ten Network)
  • USC at Washington State (Sat 4:30pm ET Pac 12 Network)
  • Utah at Arizona State (Sat 11:00pm ET Fox Sports 1)

Past Opponents

  • Rice at Florida International (Sat 12:00pm ET)
  • North Carolina at Miami (Sat 12:30pm ET ESPN Gameplan)
  • North Carolina State at Syracuse (Sat 3:00pm ET ESPN Gameplan)
  • Purdue at Nebraska (Sat 3:30pm ET ABC)
  • Indiana at Michigan (Sat 3:30pm ET Big Ten Network)
  • Stanford at Oregon (Sat 7:30pm ET FOX)

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#HLSrecap Top 25: Florida State Recap http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/hlsrecap-top-25-florida-state-recap/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hlsrecap-top-25-florida-state-recap http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/hlsrecap-top-25-florida-state-recap/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:38:22 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26892 Just a normal Friday morning on Twitter

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#HLSrecap Top 25, brought to you weekly during college football season.

Here are your @andrewwinn stats for this week’s #HLSrecap  – 230+ tweets from 139 contributors, with 47 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have over 380 unique contributors to at least one #HLSrecap this year. As you know, each week we present the following highly-coveted (and yet totally arbitrary) accolades:

  • Brick Helmet Stickers
  • #HLSrecap Top 25
  • #HLSrecap MVP

A couple new items for this week: T.R.O.L.L. Point contributions and this week’s #HLSrecap Celebrity Guest Editor.

Here now is our Athletic Director, @FakeSwarbrick, who is currently tracking down each member of College Football Playoff Committee.

Brick Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers. Awarded weekly. Brought to you by @FakeSwarbrick.

I’ve spent some time trying to come up with something half-way clever (my usual literary standard) in writing these comments and handing out the stickers. The regulars here at HLS do such a good job at team, opponent, and game analysis that by comparison my comments come across as caveman-speak – “Team good….BK purple…why ball shape funny? Everett NO!!!! Whiskey.”

Come to think of it, that’s still a lot better than Tom Hammond’s usual effort.

Anyway, what a game. Not much more can be said. I’m so damn proud of the coaches and team, and the way they represent this university and fanbase. Consider asshats like Jameis Winston and corrupt programs like North Carolina. Can you understand the pressure to field an honorable team every year when so many programs do everything they can to skirt the rules? While it starts at the top of the Notre Dame administration and down through the athletic department, those are empty words unless Coach Kelly and his staff put those words and promises into action. In families’ living rooms during recuriting, team meetings, the practice field and during games, Notre Dame does more than develop football players — we develop men of character. And Jimbo Fisher can mouth off about character all he wants but he doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

Now for the Twitterati, I have to tell you that this gets harder and harder every week. Some new guy named @SarcasticDomer said it best:

Have a sticker, I guess, for some well-timed and spot on bitching. I don’t know how @IrishElvis keeps up with favoriting the tweets, and I don’t know how y’all focus on the game AND Twitter. But you do, so here are some well earned #BrickHelmetStickers from the Florida State game.

  • @OptimisticDomer – I don’t even want to give him another sticker because it only encourages his behavior.
  • @BryonySigrun – now that I can retweet her you’re going to start seeing a lot more of her nasty side. Or you could just follow her.
  • @TheSubwayDomer – he was smashed and it was pretty funny.
  • @Dapremonster – a steady stream of mostly conherent nonsense.
  • @Andrewwinn – in case I need T.R.O.L.L. points later on.

#HLSrecap MVP

Indiana Whiskey

Indiana Whiskey, official #wHLSkey of #HLSrecap.

Now, onto the quantitative measures. This is just as it sounds — each week, whoever has the most number of tweets that make the final cut will be awarded the #HLSrecap MVP Award and the recipient of a jug and a couple drinking glasses from Indiana Whiskey.

Your MVP winner for the Florida State game is @OptimisticDomer with 10 tweets.

Past 2014 #HLSrecap MVPs

#wHLSkey Fine Print

You’re only eligible to win #wHLSkey once per season. If you’ve already won, this week’s most prolific #HLSrecap contributor who hasn’t won will receive the Indiana Whiskey swag. In case of a tie, it will go to the highest-ranked in the overall season rankings.

Special Announcements

#HLSrecap Celebrity Guest Editor is @PDXirish

From the earliest days of #HLSrecap, I’ve been accused of numerous things — focusing on some tweets from @HLS_NDtex while leaving others out. I’ve also spent considerable energy keeping #HLSrecap at a PG-13 reading level. But all my efforts are for naught, because real-life circumstances dictate that I must step away from my duties as editor for the next couple weeks. You’re welcome to start rumors that I’m in talks with the Philadelphia Eagles…I won’t deny them.

I am leaving you in the capable hands (and tweeting thumbs) of @PDXirish for the Navy game. The Midshipmen think it’s cute to have a young lady rap about ND Football whilst boxing? How about a lass who has no fear of tweeting her affinity for Brian Kelly’s sheer polo shirts…

I have no idea what Lena’s standards will be for Saturday’s #HLSrecap. But if you’ve ever claimed Irish Elvis bias before, Saturday is your chance to set the record straight.

T.R.O.L.L. Points

With @PDXirish taking the helm (nautical joke!) of #HLSrecap, I can’t forget about those left behind…namely @Subway_Sprout. I award him +3 T.R.O.L.L. Points, since that’s where Vegas sets the over/under on “mentions of lady boners” that make it into #HLSrecap this week.

And a special shoutout to @jvs3, who has successfully ended the “Frozen Five Fiasco” that has plagued our team for so long. Some will say, “But Elvis, I’m pretty sure this was an academic issue and not a matter of Compliance!” HUSH. Jen is a treasure, and she will do whatever she puts her mind to…which is everything. So let’s do the math:

+ 5 football players suspended
- 1 player cleared to return this season
+ 4 characters in her Twitter handle
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8 T.R.O.L.L. Points

WELCOME TO THE TOP 25, JEN! 

#HLSrecap Top 25

As a reminder, @andrewwinn awards one point for each tweet that makes it in; 1/2 point if someone else retweets/quotes/modifies your tweet and it’s included. The Twitter Ranking Of Leprechaun Legion (T.R.O.L.L.) Scale is awarded arbitrarily. Please welcome our newcomers to the Top 25: @Candice4ND, @Subway_Sprout, @jvs3, @IrishTightness, @tricerapops, @D_Farmer.

2014 Cumulative Rankings

Rank

Name

Tweet Data

T.R.O.L.L. Data

Overall

Previous Rank

1 SupermanTDJesus 34 34 1
2 OptimisticDomer 30 30 7
3 IrishMoonJ 28 28 2
4 PDXIrish 26.5 26.5 4
5 FatherSorin 26 26 2
6 HoosIrish 25 25 6
6 andrewwinn 24 +1 25 5
8 oaknd1 21 21 10
9 FakeSwarbrick 18.5 18.5 9
10 HLS_NDTex 18 18 8
11 dapremonster 17 17 10
11 IDtheMike 17 17 10
13 PootND 15 15 23
14 taxbastard 14 14 16
14 TheSubwayDomer 14 14 14
16 Candice4ND 13 13 UR
16 Subway_Sprout 10 +3 13 UR
16 jvs3 5 +8 13 UR
19 IrishTightness 12 12 UR
19 tricerapops 12 12 UR
19 eTruth_Irish 12 12 13
22 D_Farmer 11 11 UR
22 Danny_Concannon 11 11 23
22 jdford 11 11 16
22 taddmike 11 11 16
22 PaulRRigney 11 11 14

Also receiving votes: @thereidy, @CBusIrish, @1stDownMoses, @awilk, @ItsTripp, @WatchND.

Click here for the Complete Game-by-Game #HLSrecap Recap Appendix.

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RECORDING (Oct. 25, 2014): “Inside the Game” on KVCE 1160 AM Dallas/Ft. Worth http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/recording-oct-25-2014-inside-game-kvce-1160-dallasft-worth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=recording-oct-25-2014-inside-game-kvce-1160-dallasft-worth http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/recording-oct-25-2014-inside-game-kvce-1160-dallasft-worth/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:00:25 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26889 This past Saturday’s recording of “Inside the Game” on KVCE 1160 AM Dallas/Ft. Worth is now up on our Podbean site. With the Irish on a bye, we weren’t able to talk too much ND Football; however, we were joined by Notre Dame alumnus, Malcolm Farmer, who is the president of the NBA D-League team […]

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HLSpodcastThis past Saturday’s recording of “Inside the Game” on KVCE 1160 AM Dallas/Ft. Worth is now up on our Podbean site.

With the Irish on a bye, we weren’t able to talk too much ND Football; however, we were joined by Notre Dame alumnus, Malcolm Farmer, who is the president of the NBA D-League team in our area, the Texas Legends (KVCE is the home of Legends basketball). Other topics include the Dallas Cowboys continuing their winning ways, a little World Series talk, and a call-in from Ronald Rodenbaugh from Rodenbaugh’s Flooring America and Appliances, the title sponsor for Plano Wildcats Football whose games air on KVCE.

Both Robin and I do want to bring you more college football talk; however, there is a very limited amount of time to do so. We actually had an entire segment planned for this episode, but unfortunately we had to push it back due to scheduling constraints. Despite this, we are looking to find a way to fill that CFB and ND Football craving on the air and both of us are working feverishly to make something happen to fulfill that desire.

So stay tuned. I promise it’ll be big and I promise it will happen. I’m just not sure how the timing of everything will work out and I don’t want to jinx the whole thing by announcing specifics too early.

Anyways, the embedded audio for the show is below as well as a download link. You can subscribe on iTunes via a search of “Her Loyal Sons Podcasts” and the RSS feed on our podbean site. Be sure to tune in this Saturday from 10am-11am CT on KVCE 1160 AM or stream live via their website.


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College Football Playoff Rankings Released, What We Learned About Notre Dame’s Chances http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/college-football-playoff-rankings-released-learned-notre-dames-chances/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=college-football-playoff-rankings-released-learned-notre-dames-chances http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/college-football-playoff-rankings-released-learned-notre-dames-chances/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:27:53 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26882 Last night, the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released and Notre Dame landed, much to everyone’s surprise, number 10 in the nation. Notre Dame wasn’t the only oddity in the committee’s top 25. The coveted spots in the top four raised many eyebrows when Ole Miss, fresh off their loss to LSU, landed in […]

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Last night, the first College Football Playoff Rankings were released and Notre Dame landed, much to everyone’s surprise, number 10 in the nation. Notre Dame wasn’t the only oddity in the committee’s top 25. The coveted spots in the top four raised many eyebrows when Ole Miss, fresh off their loss to LSU, landed in the #4 slot behind a top three of Mississippi State, Florida State, and Auburn respectively.

That’s right, three SEC West teams in the top four. The SEC is awesome indeed.

Comments from the committee didn’t really lend too much insight into their thought process and stated that everyone’s “success and failures” were compared. The rankings varied so much from what just about everyone expected and it was like a splinter in my mind. So of course, like any good football blogging nerd, I did a complete breakdown (link opens in new window) of the rankings and noted every team’s wins and losses. Further, I broke each win and loss down into further categories noting which opponents were in the top 25 (according to the committee), the power five conferences, non-power five teams, and FCS teams.

After I did this, I noticed that a pattern emerged. If there is one takeaway from the rankings, it’s that the logic they applied remained consistent throughout their top 25. I’m not sure I agree with it and I’ll state why later. For now, let’s take a look at the pattern and logic used to ascertain what playoff hopes, if any, Notre Dame has left.

Losses count, but mostly in number

The first thing that should jump off the page is the nice grouping of teams by the number of losses. The only exception to this rule comes in at #23 and #24 with East Carolina and Duke, and we will get to that soon.

The main message however is clear: win your games. There is no bigger penalty in their rankings than losing a game no matter what the reason. That isn’t to say the committee considers all losses equal, it’s quite clear in my opinion that isn’t the case. There is a clear grouping between teams that lost to a top 25 team and another that has a loss to anyone else.

It’s all about quality wins

And more specifically, it’s about wins within the top 25. Next to the number of losses, this appears to be the biggest factor that the committee looks at.

If you examine the rankings, you will see yet another grouping, especially in the one-loss group, of teams with two top 25 wins, one top 25 win, and zero. Again, there are exceptions to this rule and the first one seen is Oregon at #5 who has two top 25 wins yet is jumped by Ole Miss who has only one.

The difference between those two teams? One of Oregon’s wins came against a FCS team and Ole Miss hasn’t played an FCS school (yet). It appears that there is an FCS penalty in play here and you can even see that in Mississippi State taking the top spot from Florida State for seemingly the same reason.

This same logic is also why ECU and Duke manage to fall out of the clean one-loss grouping. They have no top 25 quality wins, they have FCS schools on their schedule, and they also lost to teams outside the top 25. It appears that there is a strength of schedule element in play to some degree.

Speaking of strength of schedule…

Strength of Schedule doesn’t mean what you think it does

Notre Dame is a good example to demonstrate this point. They are the only top ten team with zero top 25 wins. However, they are the only 6 win team who has had 5 wins come power five schools. This, in conjunction with not having any FCS schools on the schedule, appears to have allowed the Irish to secure a top ten slot.

We’ve heard quite a bit this season about Irish opponents being terrible, especially in regards to their record against other power five teams. All of that doesn’t seem to matter all too much for the committee. In fact, more often than not, it appears that the committee uses SOS as a very, very subjective tie-breaker that appears more concerned about whether or not the opponents are in the power five, rather than how well each of those teams preformed.

This is where I have my biggest issue with the rankings. By grouping strictly on losses as their main criteria, the entire process appears to be terribly over-simplified and uses damn near circular logic. Wins within these simply defined groups all of a sudden become quality wins  simply because they fit into the committee’s simple grouping rules. The SOS nuance that we are used to looking at appears to be missing.

It’s the same problem that the SEC is Awesome Theory demonstrates. This, however, is just in a different, slightly less conference bias form. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

So does Notre Dame even have a chance?

I still believe the answer to this question is “yes”. There is still lots of football left to be played and if you look at everyone’s remaining games left you will see that all of these one loss teams will start playing each other almost immediately. Further, Notre Dame has a chance to increase their quality win mark as the season progresses with Arizona State, Louisville, and Southern Cal still left to play and I would wager each of those teams could land in a top 25 spot when the dust settles in late November.

There is still one large unknown left: will the committee start from scratch with this method every week or will the typical glass ceilings of initial poll bias remain in place? As of now, all signs point to this logic remaining in place as I don’t think such clear patterns would exist otherwise. Further, as ND fans, you want this logic to remain in place.

If “quality losses” are barely a thing, then this removes much of the conference bias that permeates through the polls. There are no “good losses” (remember, that’s just a subjective tie-breaker now) that would allow something like two losses equaling one loss in the top of the standings. So when all of the conferences finish cannibalizing each other, there should be a very clear path for the Irish to ascend the ranks.

The good news is that we can also stop worrying about whether or not we need to hope Florida State wins out. The only reason to keep hoping for that is to set up an eventual rematch in the playoffs. If FSU, for some reason, drops their next two games, we can all sit and laugh as the Irish rise above them. That same logic, however, doesn’t apply to any team below us or out of the rankings. As an Irish fan, you would need to hope those teams finish on a huge run and crack the rankings so the Irish can boast additional quality wins.

Still, even with all of this, the main objective for the remainder of ND’s season hasn’t changed: just win, baby.

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Oscar McBride and Aetna Voices of Health Challenge http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/oscar-mcbride-aetna-voices-health-challenge/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oscar-mcbride-aetna-voices-health-challenge http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/29/oscar-mcbride-aetna-voices-health-challenge/#respond Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:30 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26815 The Aetna Voices of Health is part of Aetna’s ongoing commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This national competition recognizes agencies that are working in their communities to encourage racial and ethnic equality in health care. They are honoring local heroes who embody the values of Dr. King and […]

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oscar and fit for lifeThe Aetna Voices of Health is part of Aetna’s ongoing commemoration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This national competition recognizes agencies that are working in their communities to encourage racial and ethnic equality in health care. They are honoring local heroes who embody the values of Dr. King and are aligned with Aetna’s mission to promote access to health care for all.

This year they have chosen 31 winning local agencies and it’s your job to vote for your favorite to receive their $30,000 national prize. Your votes will determine the winner!

Our very own Oscar McBride’s Fit4Life Youth Foundation has been chosen as one of the 31 local agencies in the running for the $30,000 national prize!

So you want to know more about what Oscar is doing? I’ve got ya covered!

  • Founded in 2009 – achieved 501(c)3 status in February 2010 (three days before Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Campaign” launch)
  • Created to combat childhood obesity and teach character development through sport
  • Have done work locally (S Cal) nationally (New Orleans) and internationally (Uganda)

Fit4Life Youth Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation founded with the immediate goal of combating America’s fastest growing health epidemic – childhood obesity.

Statistics illustrate the breadth of this epidemic, its negative health consequences, and its cost to Americans. Fit4Life is proud to join this battle and become a leader in the fight by offering programs to get our youth moving towards a healthier lifestyle.

One of the most critical factors in combating the epidemic of obese and overweight children is meeting the challenge of getting our kids to exercise more. Part of this process requires organizations such as Fit4Life to offer fun and inspiring, yet challenging exercise programs that will engage and encourage our children toward a lifetime of fitness. This process also requires instruction and education to balance proper nutrition with the appropriate level of fitness.

By offering a variety of programs, Fit4Life hopes to reach all youth. No one is immune to the economic and societal consequences brought on by the multitude of health conditions suffered due to childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is an epidemic, one that does not discriminate. It touches all of us.

Beyond physical fitness programs, Fit4Life also seeks to educate its participants on the importance of education, character and leadership development through its mentorship programs which use sport, culture and positive life experiences as the relational platform. Please visit our Programs and Headlines pages to see our most recent endeavors.

Fit4Life is proud to participate in the 2014 Aetna Voices of Health Challenge. To show your support please click on the link below and vote (up to 5 times) for Fit4Life as it competes against other national charities. NO DONATIONS… only votes.

http://www.aetnavoicesofhealth.com/fit4life-youth-foundation.php

This literally takes less than 30 seconds to vote. Each entry is worth 5 votes…

Need more convincing?

Dr. Eric Griggs​, Executive Board Member

“For years, the issues of healthy living, exercise and wellness have been treated as fads. Now, as a consequence of not taking these things seriously, we have to accept them as THE way of life or we will die.”

“Get checked. Get fit. Get Moving!…It’s that simple.”

Oscar B. McBride, Founder/Chairman

“Fit4Life strives to combat childhood obesity while teaching character development using sport as the relational platform. The idea is the get young people active while teaching skills that will benefit them later in life. In honesty we’re a life skills organization.”

“Fit4Life is positioning itself to change the lives of kids, families and many generations to come…. Sport is Life.” takes less than 30 seconds to vote. Each entry is worth 5 votes… 

Please vote and thank you!!

Cheers & GO IRISH!!

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TCB Poll: Week 9 Reactions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/28/tcb-poll-week-9-reactions/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tcb-poll-week-9-reactions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/28/tcb-poll-week-9-reactions/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:40:27 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26847 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. Playoff Rankings: Week 9 Each week, the T.C.B. Poll […]

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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.

TCB Elvis Presley College Football Poll logo

Image courtesy @AuburnElvis

Playoff Rankings: Week 9

Each week, the T.C.B. Poll is an aggregate of all our inputs. Scroll down to see individual selections and opinions.

Rank

Team

Record

Weekly Change

1 Mississippi State 7-0
2 Florida State 7-0
3 Oregon 7-1 +2
4 Alabama 7-1 +3

Also receiving votes: TCU, Michigan State, Auburn, Notre Dame.

TCB Committee Member Comments

@TheLSUElvis

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Florida State
  3. Oregon
  4. Auburn

@AuburnElvis

Each week we get a better picture of who is, and ain’t, playoff material.

  1. Mississippi State – Bow down to the dogs, y’all.
  2. Alabama (or any other 1-loss SEC West team)
  3. TCU – If the Horned Frogs get past West Virginia and Kansas State these next 2 weeks, they’re in for sure.
  4. Florida State – Struggling through half their games, FSU is probably the 10th-best team in the nation, yet with their schedule, that’s good enough for a playoff bid. I envy the other playoff team that’ll get matched against them.

@HawkeyeElvis

There are a couple of clear-cut choices, but right now, the Magic 8-Ball says: “Ask again later”.

  1. Mississippi State – Sure Kentucky was moderately dangerous but did you ever really feel that Clanga wasn’t in full control? I think they are going to be the only SEC team to make it through unscathed. I can totally see everyone else in the SEC West ending with two losses. And a two-loss team from the SEC is not getting in ahead of a one-loss team from a Power Five Conference (the ACC notwithstanding).
  2. Florida State – Speaking of dangerous places, the Seminoles head to one on Thursday night.
  3. Michigan State? – I think Sparty has the clearest path (outside of FSU) with just one moderately challenging game left. I think they run the table and get a spot.
  4. Oregon? – Let’s say Quack for now. Again, they shouldn’t be challenged the rest of the way and already got their yearly inexplicable loss out of the way.

@IrishElvis

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Florida State
  3. Oregon
  4. Notre Dame

I’m keeping my top four unchanged this week. Mississippi State remains locked in at #1, and Florida State is the only other team unanimously listed.

The SEC West is about to Shake, Rattle, and Roll these next couple weeks, so I’m going to wait another week to see how that goes. Auburn Elvis’ lone vote for Alabama at #2 gets them into the Poll this week (some sort of advance reverse-jinx in preparation for the Iron Bowl, I imagine). We’ll actually get this 1-vs-4 matchup on November 15 when the Bulldogs visit Tuscaloosa. And I notice Hawkeye Elvis has ranked Michigan State over Oregon — the man laughs at on-field evidence to the contrary and does what he pleases. Waiter, I’ll have what he’s having! And a tip of the Hat to LSU Elvis for his Gameday TV time last week…with an assist by Hugh Freeze for trying out out-Miles Les Miles there at the end.

The first actual College Football Playoff Committee results will be released this evening, and we’ll get our first look at how they compare/contrast with Elvis Groupthink. You won’t get any better college football opinions from jumpsuit-wearing pundits than you will right here every Tuesday. Oh, and if you want to see what an eight-team playoff would look like, the “Also Receiving Votes” category would make for a pretty intriguing slate of games.

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The SEC Is Awesome Theory – WEEK 9 UPDATE http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/28/sec-awesome-theory-week-9-update/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sec-awesome-theory-week-9-update http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/10/28/sec-awesome-theory-week-9-update/#respond Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:07:50 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=26854 DISCLAIMER: Remember, folks – we’re not here to hate on the SEC. The SEC packs a powerful brand of college football, has some of the greatest rivalries and traditions in the game and will forever dominate the BCS-era National Title trophy case. The “SEC is AWESOME Theory” is centered around the statistical advantage the SEC […]

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DISCLAIMER: Remember, folks – we’re not here to hate on the SEC. The SEC packs a powerful brand of college football, has some of the greatest rivalries and traditions in the game and will forever dominate the BCS-era National Title trophy case. The “SEC is AWESOME Theory” is centered around the statistical advantage the SEC has gained and continues to gain via a financially-driven media machine that produces biased polls, rankings and marketing.

 

“Secret LOVER…”

 

We’ve all heard it before – “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

The College Football World is reaching critical mass with allegations against national sports media outlets (some more than others) for the increasingly blatant bias displayed  for the schools of the Southeastern Conference. It’s the very fundamental basis of this column after all, the Theory’s own Big Bang cosmic event, if you will. There are those that call for justice and, inevitably, there is a strong opposition that argue the Theory and those who purport it as being a crazy spectacle – peddlers of myth and folklore who are conspiring to conjure up their very own fairy tale as an explanation for the SEC’s closet-full of crystal pineapples.

As Norm McDonald once put it, “You fellas have a lot of growing up to do, I’ll tell you that! Ridiculous. Completely ridiculous! Can you believe these characters? Way out of line – WAY out of line!”

So what do you do about such petty, trivial and ridiculous claims from insane conspiracy theorists? Uh, well, you acknowledge it, of course. What? That’s right – the GameDay crew’s chief navigator decided to double down and lend credence to the Theory by acknowledging its existence. Fowler went on to call its supporters and their views on the matter “stupid” and “uninformed” as several of his lieutenants chanted out “Preach brother!” and “Hallelujah!”

We’ve always known our thoughts on the bias was just a Theory but come on now – really? I’m just saying…where there’s smoke…alright. Enough of that – let’s do some AWESOME!

The AWESOME Games (rankings at time of game)

(1) Mississippi State 45 / (NR) Kentucky 31 – the #1 team in the country beat an unranked Kentucky team on Saturday. The #1 team in the country also gave up more than 500 total yards to the unranked Wildcats, their third game in a row of allowing this mark since giving up 430 yards to the Mad Hatter’s gang in Death Valley. wasn’t the SEC Known for its incredible defenses? Kentucky actually pulled to within seven points with two and a half minutes to go before trying an ill-fated onside kick…that was then returned for a touchdown. Naturally. SO, a 14-point win over an UNRANKED, middle-of-the-pack conference opponent. You’ll want to tuck this away for later, I promise.

(3) Ole Miss 7 / (24) LSU 10 – Southern Irish was actually able to catch some of this game live. It was very entertaining and certainly another AWESOME SEC game. Thanks to a mercy-ranking from the AP, the media machine was able to pass this one off as the premiere TOP 25 MATCHUP of the week. As students of the Theory, we know that this very neatly secures positive outcomes for both AWESOME SEC teams – an AWESOME loss and an AWESOME victory. Keep in mind that LSU was only two weeks removed from escaping the (unranked) Swamp with a last second field goal while Ole Miss was surely primed after blistering the (unranked) Volunteers by a 31-point margin.

A tough one to call, but Death Valley is a tough place to play AND we have all been suspicious of the Rebels’ fast climb to the top via victories over Bama and Texas A&M. Why would those wins be questionable, you may ask? Recall that Alabama has only played and beaten one (at the time) ranked opponent this season, the Aggies. Likewise, the Aggies can only claim their victory over an at-the-time, Week 1 Preseason ranked South Carolina.

And now the Aggies and the Gamecocks are no longer ranked. Hmmm…imagine that.

Sure enough, it was the end of the road for Ole Miss as Les Miles & Company carved a victory out of a defensive struggle. What made the biggest impression on me, however, was the behavior of rebel play-caller, Bo Wallace. A media darling as they made their ascent, Wallace was heralded as a top-notch QB with Heisman-worthy capabilities. What I saw on Saturday was a bizarre discount-version of Johnny Football who decided to interact more on the sidelines with taunting LSU fans than with his teammates, coaches or the playbook. The crowning moment was footage of him walking out of the stadium to the locker room…with time still left on the clock. He had just thrown an awful, loss-sealing interception when he absolutely didn’t have to and was just tired of dealing with it, I suppose. Just awful, really. Regardless, it was a TOUGH loss to a RANKED LSU team for the poor Rebs and an INCREDIBLE upset of the Mighty Undefeated Rebels for LSU. Stand tall, Alachua Lizards!

(4) Alabama 34 / (NR) Tennessee 20 – Ah, yes. Fresh off of the Kiffin Love Fest that was the Tide’s huge victory over the bottom-tier Aggies (for which they were rewarded with a leapfrog of Auburn), Alabama was poised to rip apart the young Volunteers. Unranked Old Smoky wouldn’t stand a chance and was predicted to lose by nearly three touchdowns, especially after the 34-3 beating they suffered at the hands of Ole Miss. Surely Papa Saban and his Padawan would load the cannons and give us utter domination?

Ah-ha! Fools, Tennessee is an AWESOME SEC team! There are no easy games here against conference opponents – that logic applies to other conferences only. However, the 34-20 Amari Cooper show was proof enough that this conference victory over a mediocre opponent was WAY better than similar games in other conferences. Right?

(5) Auburn 42 / (NR) South Carolina 35 – These games are usually pretty entertaining and this one was no different. After dropping two games in a row to unranked teams Kentucky (unranked but AWESOME, see above) and Missouri before a delicious tune-up against the Paladins of FURMAN…the Old Ball Coach had exactly nothing to lose when he strolled into Auburn on Saturday. The Tiger-Eagles were still reeling from their upset at the hands of Mississippi State which was accompanied by the traditional Top 5 SEC team 4-spot drop. Another SEC defensive showcase that  yielded nearly 1,100 yards between the two schools – the #5 team in the country won when a South Carolina Hail Mary fell to the ground as time expired. A seven point victory, over an UNRANKED, .500 team. Surely, the thought of dropping an SEC team like Auburn over such a CLOSE loss to a completely unimpressive yet AWESOME Gamecock is nothing short of some conspiracy-theory science-fiction, right? Right?

The AWESOME Results

I see three victories above by three of the top four teams in the land by an average of 11.7 points. All games were played against UNRANKED opponents. It reminds me of a few games this season for some other schools in some other conferences. Some examples that come to mind:

  • Notre Dame’s 31-15 victory over UNRANKED ACC half-brother, Syracuse. A 16 point victory, yet the Irish dropped from 8th to 9th
  • Florida State’s 38-20 victory over UNRANKED ACC conference opponent Syracuse. BOOM – an 18 point victory and they’re ejected from #1 to #2
  • Remember when Ohio State beat UNRANKED Navy 34-17? Think back to WEEK 1…sure enough, that 17 point victory was bad enough to drop the Buckeyes from #5 to #8
  • Okay, one more, just for fun…UCLA beat the UNRANKED Wahoos of Virginia by 8 points in WEEK 1 and were rewarded with a FOUR Spot demotion to #11 in Week 2.

Folks, that’s an average margin of victory of 13.5 points. All of the opponents were unranked when beaten by these ranked teams and they seemed to pay a price for that. For the record, Navy is a .500 team and tied for second among the Independents. Virginia is also 4-4 but next to last in their division of the ACC. The Orangemen are under .500 but are in 5th place in their ACC division.

But when the AP #4 Tide beat a Volunteer team that is in 6th place in their division, win-less in their conference and owners of a 3-5 record? Do they drop? Tread water? Is it even MENTIONED or entertained that, HEY, Bama really didn’t beat Tennessee as badly as we all were told they really should?

Of course not!

Nope, Alabama slides right up to #3 just as soon as Bo Wallace sauntered off the field. You see, Alabama…is truly…no really, THEY’RE BACK and they’re AWESOME! And with the (now SO awesome again) #16 Tigers of LSU coming up, the Theory demands another win-win (awesome loss/awesome win) scenario. Looking even further ahead, should Mississippi State survive the UPSTART Razorbacks this week and the University of Tennessee-Martin (really?) the week after…and Bama get past LSU in two weeks, the Theory will rest easy knowing that the winner of the Mississippi State/BAMA game will have an UNCONTESTED claim to the #1 spot, regardless of FSU’s performances between now and then. In the end, what really happened this week? We congratulate the Tide on their 6th victory of the year over an unranked opponent. The Rebel killers are next.

The same held true for the other two UNRANKED TEAM killers. Auburn stayed right behind the Tide, drafting their way into the #4 position. Mississippi State maintained their role as the best team in the land, confirming for us all that pollsters truly see Kentucky as being a superior team to Syracuse, Navy or Virginia. Because, y’all – SEC.

But wait. What about that Ole Miss loss? This is where the Theory really gets its juices flowing, you guys. Riddle me this…in Week 6, an UNRANKED Arizona team upset the #2 team in the country, Oregon. In a true PAC-12 battle (SEC folks be like, “whaaaa?”), both teams were undefeated at 5-0 and in first place in their respective Conference divisions. ‘Zona scored with just under three minutes left and was able to strip the ball away from Heisman-candidate Marcus Mariota as the Ducks were driving to salvage a win. On Saturday, LSU marched down the field and scored with about 5 minutes left and was able to hold off Bad Bo Wallace on their final drive. The Rebels were #3 in the country and LSU had JUST inched their way into the Top 25 at #24, somehow earning that spot with two losses after a BIG convincing win at home over…Kentucky?

  • Oregon free-falls TEN SPOTS
  • Ole Miss gets bumped down FOUR SPOTS, to #7

Why is a 3-point loss to a 2-loss team that is in the BOTTOM half of their division so much more impressive than a 7-point loss to an undefeated team that is the #1 team in their division? Is a #24 ranking (after beating an unranked Kentucky) THAT much better than a NR (essentially, #27 after beating unranked California)? Well, we know now that it IS better, and it’s exactly SIX SPOTS better. And when the only difference between the two scenarios is the letters in your conference name, we know how we get there. As the great Brent Musburger exclaimed during his AWESOME call of the AWESOME Auburn-SC game:

SOUTH CAROLINA HAD THREE (NOW FOUR) LOSSES AND WAS UNRANKED. I can’t take anymore.

Here’s your update on the SEC awesomeness migration within the AP echelons:

Preseason
#1 – #5: 1 SEC Team
#6 – #10: 2 SEC Teams
#11 – #15: 2 SEC Teams
#16 – #20: 1 SEC Team
#21 – #25: 2 SEC Teams

Last Week

#1 – #5: 4 SEC Teams
#6 – #10: 1 SEC Team
#11 – #15: 0 SEC Teams
#16 – #20: 0 SEC Teams
#21 – #25: 1 SEC Team

This Week

#1 – #5: 3 SEC Teams (-1)
#6 – #10: 2 SEC Team (+1)
#11 – #15: 0 SEC Teams (-)
#16 – #20: 1 SEC Team (+1)
#21 – #25: 0 SEC Team (-1)

AWESOME Games to Watch This Week:

 #1 Mississippi State / (NR) Arkansas – this has UPSTART glory written all over it. The Razorbacks took A&M and Alabama to TASK and would love nothing more than to build off of their big win over The University of Alabama-Birmingham and take down Goliath. It would be quite poetic as the OT-requiring Aggies served as the illegitimate springboard for Mississippi State’s puzzling NINE SPOT wormhole maneuver to #3. At the very least, we can rest assured that a mere FOUR SPOT drop awaits the Bulldogs should they fall to their mediocre, unranked, UPSTART, AWESOME SEC opponent

#4 Auburn / #7 Ole Miss - This one should be a hoot. The Tigers venture into the same grove that socked ‘ol Saban and his Padawan earlier in the season. They’ll be coming off a truly AWESOME SEC test against South Carolina and probably filled with the false hope that a solid victory over Bad Bo Wallace will propel them ahead of the idle Tide. Ha! A fool’s errand, but rest assured they’ll try. A Rebel bounce-back would surely result in a rank-swap or something close. Net-effect of a second loss for either team? Nothing outside of the Top 10, I GUARANTEE YOU!

#9 Georgia / (NR) Florida – Georgia should roll like Sherman through…well, Georgia. But this is the Cocktail Party and strange things happen when the Athenians battle the Jean Shorts. Muschamp is playing for, at BEST, his job on every play from here on out. Crazier things have happened but I just don’t see it. I look for UGA to steamroll in Jacksonville and give voters a serious quandary as to how far they jump the Dawgs. Huge scheduling miscalculations by both Notre Dame (foolishly playing Navy this week and we SAW how Ohio State paid for this transgression) and Michigan State (idle). They WILL jump the loser of the Auburn-Ole Miss game. Right?

AWESOME Doomsday Scenario

The cowbells are victorious. Irish and Ducks hover to close or fall below that fateful 13.5-point margin of victory death-knell for non-SEC teams against un-awesome UNRANKED teams and are forced to walk the pollsters’ plank. Georgia slaughters the Alachua County Lizards. Ole Miss barely beats Auburn. Florida State loses to Louisville.

  1.  Mississippi State
  2.  Alabama
  3.  Ole Miss
  4.  Georgia
  5.  Auburn

Endgame.

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Hello everyone, welcome to another edition of the IBG. A combination of the Florida State fallout and the bye had all of our schedules thrown off a bit. However, we are still here, pressing ever onward and getting ready for Navy.

Let’s do this.

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My question: If you could change one thing about the game this past weekend that didn’t involve a yellow flag, what would it be?

NDNation went pull pirate. No seriously, read it. Full pirate.

Fighting Irish Blog would like to be on a boat, a really large boat.

The Subway Domer wanted a dreadlock pick six.

UHND.com would like a re-sneak.

(Aaron Horvath, Fighting Irish Blog) By now we all know the outcome of the Florida State game, but the main question is, did the loss change your thoughts on Notre Dame’s outlook for the year? If so, how?

Honestly, it did at first. I thought all hope of a playoff was gone and even (drunkenly) called into ND Fan Radio to say so. After that call, the Subway Domer and I had a chat and we both shared the same sentiments.

It was a rough night.

Anyways, I’m starting to come around on the playoff hopes. However, if I look at what I thought ND would be at the beginning of the season to now, I’m still in the same spot. Notre Dame is a very talented team with a high ceiling for even this year. They’ve exceeded my expectations and I believe when the dust settles we will, at the very least, land in a good bowl game.

(Mike Coffey, NDNation) It only took one game in 1993 to make BC a “rival” for some people.  Did this game change your perception of Florida State vis-à-vis their position in our pantheon of opponents?  If so, how?

Not really. Before the game they were in “team I kind of hate and really want to beat” and they are still there. If anything has changed it’s that I really want to beat this particular Florida State game.

The penalty flag felt like one of those WWE matches in which someone ran in to interfere or the referee got knocked out when the bad guy was clearly down for three. It just all feels so unfinished. I want another shot. I want closure and a clean finish.

(The Subway Domer) It’s a world gone crazy, and I will save the oddball question for another week. Gentlemen… Discuss Tarean Folston and what automobile bests describes him.

I’m terrified of your definition of oddball with this question.

Anyways, I think Tarean is a Tesla Model S. It’s new, young technology. Most everyone can see the upside, but not everyone is completely sold…yet. I think his performance against FSU did a lot to sell people on Folston as the #1 back, but, with a crowded backfield, he will certainly have to keep stringing games like that together for the Irish name him the feature back.

Disclaimer: Yeah, I’m biased on electronic cars because computer nerd.

(Frank Vitovitch, UHND.com) Many pundits are now saying that Notre Dame will almost certainly be in the playoffs if they win out.  1) Do you agree? and 2) What do you think Notre Dame’s chances of winning out and making that a debate are?

As stated above, I would’ve drunkenly told you no on Saturday night. After the polls got released on Sunday, I started to gain hope back. After watching the games this week, I’m convinced the Irish have full control of their destiny.

If I’m an odds-maker, I’m putting the Irish somewhere around 5/1. Every game on the schedule is winnable, but road games to Arizona State and Southern Cal will be no cakewalk (despite the Trojans falling yet again this week).

On top of that, all the SEC West teams are going to cannibalize each other and it already started with LSU downing Ole Miss this past weekend. Mississippi State looked shaky and Auburn doesn’t appear to field anything resembling a functional defense. When the dust settles, I think Alabama might be the only one-loss left standing in that division as they have looked very impressive the last two weeks.

If you want me to pick my potential four at this point, I would go with: Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame, and a tossup between Oregon and however survives the Big XII shakeup at one loss.

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