Her Loyal Sons http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog A Notre Dame Football Blog Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:21:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 RECORDING: Friday Roundup Episode 03 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/friday-roundup-episode-03/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/friday-roundup-episode-03/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 22:21:57 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27299 Three episodes of the Friday Roundup are now live (in recorded form…) on our Podbean site and the Irish have lost three straight. I’m starting to think this is all my fault. I’m so sorry. #FireTex Anyways, the recording is below. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes (search “Her Loyal Sons Podcasts” and leave us […]

The post RECORDING: Friday Roundup Episode 03 appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
Friday RoundupThree episodes of the Friday Roundup are now live (in recorded form…) on our Podbean site and the Irish have lost three straight. I’m starting to think this is all my fault.

I’m so sorry. #FireTex

Anyways, the recording is below. Don’t forget to subscribe via iTunes (search “Her Loyal Sons Podcasts” and leave us a review!) or follow us on Podbean. And please continue to give me feedback for the show. I’m definitely listening and trying to mix things up based on what I’ve gotten where I’m able.

Oh, and beat SC.


Download this episode (right click and save)

The post RECORDING: Friday Roundup Episode 03 appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/friday-roundup-episode-03/feed/ 0
TCB Poll: Week 13 Reactions http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/tcb-poll-week-13-reactions/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/tcb-poll-week-13-reactions/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:19:24 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27275 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 13 Each week, the T.C.B. Poll […]

The post TCB Poll: Week 13 Reactions appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
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 13

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

Rank

Team

Record

Weekly Change

1 Oregon Football Oregon 10-1 +1
2 Florida State Football Florida State 11-0 -1
3 Alabama Alabama 10-1
4 Texas Christian Football Texas Christian 9-1

Also receiving votes: Mississippi State, Ohio State, Baylor.

TCB Committee Member Comments

@TheLSUElvis

LSU used to play for the Golden Boot on the last weekend of the season, now we play Texas A&M for a trophy that does not exist yet. Oh well…Top 4 going into the final week:

  1. Florida State – Still the defending national champs and only unbeaten should be the #1 team each season. Can the Muschamp crew pull off a miracle to take them down in the final week?
  2. Alabama – Iron Bowl has been pretty dramatic the last few years. I hope it continues
  3. Oregon – I want to see the Ducks and The Tide go head to head in the first playoff game
  4. Mississippi State – Egg Bowl vs. Ole Miss.

On Deck: Ohio State, Baylor and TCU

@AuburnElvis

Rivalry Week is here! Throw out all the records (that work against whatever teams you’re pulling for) and get ready for the chaos.

  1. Oregon – Ducks never say die.
  2. Bama – Sure, whatever.
  3. TCU – If Baylor beats Texas Tech soundly, I’ll be willing to move the Bears over TCU b/c of their head-to-head… but I won’t feel good about it.
  4. FSU – Will Muschamp… if ever there was a time for your neurotic, bi-polar, Boom-tastic powers to produce a win Florida has no business getting on their own, it’s now. Vaya con Dios.

@HawkeyeElvis

Well, it looks like I picked the wrong week to give up drinking. Between a close basketball loss on Friday to a ranked team and an even closer football on Saturday to a ranked team, Hawkeye Elvis has a whole Mess of Blues.My Top 4 with two weeks to go:

  1. Oregon – Calmly, methodically moving its way through the remainder of its schedule. Kind of like a serial killer.
  2. Alabama – Dear Karmic Football Gods/Deliverers of Delicious Irony, how about an improbably Auburn victory on Saturday. It doesn’t have to be as dramatic as last year, but that would be kinda neat.
  3. Florida State – Now the Gators beating the Seminoles this week, THAT would be hilarious.
  4. Mississippi State – Out goes the Big 12. Clanga’s 5-point loss at Alabama is the best of the 1-lossers.

On deck: Ohio State (how in the blue hell did they lose to Virginia Tech?), TCU (wakes up in a cold sweat at night recalling their loss to Baylor), Baylor (used up all its luck in coming back to beat TCU, none left for the WV loss).

@IrishElvis

  1. Florida State – I’m curious if there’s *anything* Jameis Winston could do at this point to be declared ineligible. I mean, he’s running out of shenanigans to pull.
  2. Oregon – Prime time road game. Easy way to lose national respect…or solidify your playoff spot.
  3. TCU – Will Texas make a late-season surge under Charlie Strong? Will TCU keep their offense in overdrive? Will I escape the clutches of tryptophan to watch this game?
  4. Alabama – Methinks the Dark Lord Saban will not leave anything to chance in this year’s Iron Bowl, but my allegiance is with Auburn Elvis.

First 3 out: Ohio State, Mississippi State, Baylor.

The TCB Poll went 3-for-4 last week in advance of the Playoff Committee rankings, with MSU making the Committee’s cut over the Elvii’s pick of TCU.

The post TCB Poll: Week 13 Reactions appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/tcb-poll-week-13-reactions/feed/ 0
Louisville Review: Defense http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/louisville-review-defense/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/louisville-review-defense/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:00:53 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27278 Before I delve into the performance of the Fighting Irish defense versus Louisville, let me make one thing clear. I support this team win or lose. And I love this team with all of my being. But that being said, there is something that is just not right with this team. Part of it is […]

The post Louisville Review: Defense appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
Notre Dame  cornerback Cole Luke (36) breaks up a pass intended for Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) in the second quarter. Credit: USA Today

Notre Dame cornerback Cole Luke (36) breaks up a pass intended for Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker (9) in the second quarter. Credit: USA Today

Before I delve into the performance of the Fighting Irish defense versus Louisville, let me make one thing clear. I support this team win or lose. And I love this team with all of my being. But that being said, there is something that is just not right with this team. Part of it is coaching. Part of it is team performance. Part of it is chemistry. It is not one thing that needs to be fixed and it is not something that can be fixed overnight or in one week’s time. All of that being said, lets take a look at how the Notre Dame defense performed against the Louisville Cardinals last Saturday.

The Notre Dame defense allowed Louisville’s offense to gain 409 yards of total offense; 180 in passing and 229 in rushing. The Fighting Irish allowed Louisville’s offense 23 first downs. Louisville’s offense was able to complete 6 of 14 third downs, and 0 of 0 fourth downs, and in the red zone they scored 4 out of 5 attempts.

With the addition of defensive linesman Jay Hayes, nine different true freshmen have played on defense for the Irish so far in 2014. A year ago, the team had 11 true freshmen play anywhere on the field (defense, offense and special teams).

The Irish have had at least one interception in each of their last 14 games, which is the longest active streak in the country.

On Saturday, linebacker Greer Martini became the 11th different Notre Dame player to record a sack, the most since 2003 when 14 players recorded sacks.

For the first time this year, the Irish yielded an 80-yard scoring drive when Louisville marched 93 yards down the field for a touchdown late in the first quarter.

Notre Dame linebackers Jaylon Smith and Nyles Morgan both had double digit tackles today (Smith had 11 and Morgan had 10). This is the second week in a row that the two of them have recorded double digits. Morgan’s 10 tackles tied a career high for the freshman linebacker. Morgan’s ejection for targeting in the fourth quarter means that he is ineligible for the first half of next week’s game at USC.

Safety Drue Tranquill made his first career interception just before the halftime break.

Defnsive lineman Jacob Matuska picked up his first career sack in the second quarter.

Linebacker Greer Martini recorded his first career sack in the fourth quarter.

Defensive lineman Jay Hayes made his debut today. He is the ninth true freshman to play on defense for the Irish in 2014.

Some post game quotes …

Today with the defense it seemed like they had spurts of really good play, spurts where they were kind of on their heels. Could you talk about that and what was happening there?

COACH KELLY: Yeah, we played the whole game pretty much without Jarron Jones and Sheldon Day and Joe Schmidt. I mean, we played a lot of freshmen in there and a lot of young guys. They battled as best they could. We’re getting everything out of them. I mean, they played with great effort, just made some mistakes.
Zone read, we’re great coverage and we’ve got two guys playing the wrong coverage, just we made mistakes. When we were lined up properly and in our right fits and doing the right things, we did a pretty good job. I think we battled. We played with effort and great attitude, and we had a chance with the ball with the ball in our own hands with a minute to go and a chance to win and we’ve got to cash that in and score. That’s how I see it.

Nyles Morgan, penalty there, what did you see on that play?

COACH KELLY: “It was a penalty that did not need to occur. I mean, he had a free shot at him. He did not need to go high. It was a careless, careless mistake.”

That’s three personal fouls on him in two weeks. Do you see that from him in practice or does he just get a little over the top in games?

COACH KELLY: “No we see it? No. Yeah, we let him do whatever he wants during practice. No, I mean, he’s a young player that has got to understand he’s got to play within himself. He’s extremely athletic, and he’s got to understand that he’s got to play within himself and meaning that when he gets a shot, and he gets a clear shot, finish it off the right way. He’s taught the right way to do it, and he’s a little bit out of control at times. We’ve got to obviously get him to mature in that area.”

Pretty small sample size from Greer going in after that. What did you see from him, for that matter, Jay Hayes?

COACH KELLY: “Jay Hayes played well. Yeah, he gave us what we thought we’d give him, about 30, 35 snaps. Plays hard, plays physical, and Greer made a great play tracking down the quarterback with the sack. Smart player, did a nice job, played both Mike and Will for us today.”

When you look at next year’s team, and I know you probably haven’t done it. But a lot of people coming back and a lot of promise and a lot of healthy bodies coming back, what can you expect out of this year that will help you not only finish this year off good, but set the tone for off-season and that 2015 year?

COACH KELLY: “Well, we’ve lost back to back games because we couldn’t put down a ball and kick it 32 yards, so, and we lost the game by four points at Florida State. So three of our four losses are easily games that we could win with a lot of freshmen playing a lot of football. I think at one time I looked out there, and I think we had Collinsworth. I think it was just Collinsworth. Everybody else was freshmen and sophomores on defense, so great experience. The ability to carry over will obviously be something that we believe that we can grow from. So, close losses, difficult losses that we hope that our team will grow from.”

Coach, with the defense, a lot of injuries, lot of young players, like you said. Do you worry about their confidence going forward if they don’t start seeing some wins here or a win?

COACH KELLY: “No, they’re too young. I mean, they’re going to play. They’re going to do what we ask them to do. No, they’re just going to keep playing. I mean, again, you look at the two games, right, we’ve got a chance to win that football game at the end. Worst case scenario we make a kick and we go into overtime and win the game. Same thing against Northwestern.
So if we’re getting blown out, right, and embarrassed, yeah, maybe you’ve got a bit of a problem where you’ve got to blow your guys up a little bit. They know that they easily could win any of the games they’ve played in. A mistake here or there and not executing at the time necessary has been the difference between a win and loss with this team, razor thin.”

Isaac Rochell • On the defense’s ups and downs…

“I think a lot of it had to do with just mental errors. When we got to the point where we were playing pretty well, it was just the little mistakes adding up to big plays was the thing that were killing us.”

Cole Luke • On maintaining confidence…

“We really have to finish and we have to play hard all four quarters. I feel like we had an outstanding fourth quarter as a defense, but we struggled during the first two or three. We have to play a full, contained game and go in. We know we are a good team, which is the crazy part about it. We have to play to our ability really–eliminate mistakes, eliminate big plays and play like we did at the beginning of the season. I know it’s not that hard and I know we have two more games coming up, so I hope we rise to the occasion.”

Jaylon Smith • On wearing Joe Schmidt’s number…

“How much Joe has meant not only to the team, but to me. He’s been the heart and soul of our defense. I felt it was appropriate on senior day and acknowledging the fact that it’s not about me. It wasn’t about anyone else but the seniors this week. We didn’t get the job done, but it was an honor to wear Joe’s number.”

On the play of the defense…
“Great effort. The effort was there. It’s about having that physical and mental mentality to the point where we’re not going to be denied. That’s where age plays a picture. We had two rookies playing in their first game up front with Jarron going out. I’m very proud of them. They gave it their all. We just have to find a way to keep improving.”

On improvements to be made…
“It’s experience. The whole atmosphere. Even losing, in this case, is something we’re all learning. I’m young myself. I’m a sophomore. I’m 19 years old. We’re all just continuing to learn. Obviously, it’s not acceptable to lose at any cost. There’s no moral victory, so you can’t look at it like that. We’re not even focused on next year right now. Right now, it’s all about our rivalry next week and finding a way to get a victory.”

At this point in the season I have a very heavy heart. This team had so much talent, so much potential but suspensions, injuries and inexperience just got the better of them. I’d love to see them rally against SC and end the season on the winning note. I think there is a lot of work to be done in the off-season, but this team is young and can bring a great deal of learning and experience back to the table for next season. Hopefully they can hold on to the pain of these losses and turn it into passion, drive and motivation during the off-season.

GO IRISH!!  BEAT TROJANS!!

The post Louisville Review: Defense appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/25/louisville-review-defense/feed/ 0
Notre Dame Football vs. Louisville: A Twitter Summary http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/notre-dame-football-vs-louisville-twitter-summary/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/notre-dame-football-vs-louisville-twitter-summary/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:08:45 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27272 On Saturday, Notre Dame and Louisville clashed for the first time on the gridiron. The visitors emerged with a 31-28 victory. Here's a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.

The post Notre Dame Football vs. Louisville: A Twitter Summary appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
On Saturday, Notre Dame and Louisville clashed for the first time on the gridiron. The visitors emerged with a 31-28 victory. Here’s a collection of the real-time Twitter reaction & commentary.

The post Notre Dame Football vs. Louisville: A Twitter Summary appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/notre-dame-football-vs-louisville-twitter-summary/feed/ 0
HLS TV (Episode 13): Seeing Red http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/hls-tv-episode-13-seeing-red/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/hls-tv-episode-13-seeing-red/#respond Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:25:50 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27269 Molly and I are back again using a day off to talk about another Notre Dame loss in the latest episode of HLS TV. Eventually, we will get back to happier times, but today is not that day, sadly. But hey, there were a few good things and we highlight those along with the bad […]

The post HLS TV (Episode 13): Seeing Red appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
Molly and I are back again using a day off to talk about another Notre Dame loss in the latest episode of HLS TV. Eventually, we will get back to happier times, but today is not that day, sadly.

But hey, there were a few good things and we highlight those along with the bad as well. Here’s to hoping the next episode is a happy celebration of the fall of Troy.

Beat SC.


Download this episode (right click and save)

The post HLS TV (Episode 13): Seeing Red appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/24/hls-tv-episode-13-seeing-red/feed/ 0
The SEC is AWESOME Theory – WEEK 12 Update http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/22/sec-awesome-theory-week-12-update/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/22/sec-awesome-theory-week-12-update/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:09:08 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27229 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 […]

The post The SEC is AWESOME Theory – WEEK 12 Update appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
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.

I’m finding it increasingly difficult to carry on with this week-by-week analysis, my friends. When we began our journey, it was possible to take a critical look at the weekly slate of games and discuss where rankings, margin of victory and other attributes played a role in the determining the new week’s college football landscape. The Theory relies on a statistical advantage whose genesis resides in AP preseason polls that subjectively look backwards and measure teams against each other – despite the fact that those teams no longer exist. Starting from this subjective baseline, “strength of schedule” (SOS) values are assigned based on teams’ presence within this mystical initial ranking, and the chaotic dance of AWESOMENESS begins.

SEC Is Awesome

Every week we are reminded that the SEC stepped onto the dance floor with an army of eight Top 25 teams. Two more than their nearest competitor (PAC-12) with 62.5% of their Top 25 presence dropped into  the top 13 slots. This is the statistical advantage I refer to in the disclaimer above. Five of the eight teams were considered to be within the entire country’s BEST baker’s dozen. Among those five teams, they will have played six games against each other this season. Despite those five teams now owning a combined 15 losses, an average of three losses per team, every single one of their match-ups contained a ranked team, creating SOS benefits for winner, loser or sometime both. Like a pebble being tossed into a pond, the ripple of the preseason AP rankings continue to race outwards.

But at least this is all known.

We can identify where the self-fulfilling greatness of the SEC has perpetuated itself throughout the 2014 season. We can see where solid, yet unremarkable teams at the bottom of their respective SEC Divisions  – like Kentucky, Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Tennessee – have been packaged up and sold to pollsters as Grade A quality wins, despite the numbers, in contrast to similar victories by teams from other conferences. We’ve discussed the ranking drops for non-SEC teams following bye weeks or “close” wins just as much as we’ve scratched our heads following ranking boosts for SEC teams after they encounter the same. We know that these biases have been baked into the rankings since the scorching days of August, and we know that this baton of AWESOMENESS has been handed safely to the CFP Committee for the home stretch towards January. Undefeated teams can fall and hold their position in the same rankings update, with the only discernible difference being a patch on their jersey – and the tenets of the Theory.

But we expected this.

What we didn’t expect was the following:

Jeff Long Talks New Rankings

Out: record, strength of schedule, margin of victory

In: game control, team completeness, body of work

Yes, that’s right. Alabama had ‘always been right there around the Top 4′ but when ‘combined with their body of work’ and the fact that they’re ‘the most complete team on offense, defense and kicking’….they clearly deserved to jump TCU, Florida State and Oregon. Right? Let’s do some AWESOME…

Team Completeness

As Mr. Long points out below, it’s all about offense, defense and kicking. Okay then, let’s start with the offense. The Tide average about 275 yards a game, meaning that there are 28 teams in Division 1 the FBS that have thrown for more yardage this year. Bama averages just under 200 yards a game, a very respectable number. There are only 36 teams in the FBS that average more yards per game. Saban & Company have given up an average of two touchdowns per game this year. There is only one team that has outperformed them int his category, Ole Miss.

Let’s look at some offensive numbers:

passing yards: 2,742, ranked 33rd

completion %: 61.6%, ranked 39th

passing TDs: 21, tied for 28th

rushing yards: 1,979, ranked 38th

rushing TDs: 21, ranked 44th

average ranking – 36th

For comparison’s sake, here’s where Oregon and FSU stand in those same categories:

passing yards: 2,991, ranked 18th  /  3,183, ranked 10th

completion %: 68.2%, ranked 5th  /  64.4%, ranked 17th

passing TDs: 31, tied for 4th  /  19, tied with ten other teams at #35

rushing yards: 2,321, ranked 23rd  /  1,283, ranked #107

rushing TDs: 28, tied for 13th  /  24, ranked 31st

average rankings – 13th  /  40th

How about defense?

Interceptions: Florida State 10 (tied for 43rd), Oregon 10 (tied for 43rd), Alabama 9 (tied for 61st)

Recovered Fumbles: Florida State 11 (tied for 14th), Oregon 12 (tied for 8th), Alabama 6 (tied for 79th)

Sacks: Florida State 16 (tied for 102nd), Oregon 26 (tied for 34th), Alabama 24 (tied for 44th)

Pass Defended: Florida State 39 (tied for 36), Oregon 47 (tied for 9th), Alabama 41 (tied for 29th)

Rushing Yards Allowed per game: Florida State 140 (ranked 36th), Oregon 163 (ranked 63rd), Alabama 95 (ranked 3rd)

Passing Yards Allowed per game: Florida State: 246 (96th), Oregon 294 (102nd), Alabama 196 (23rd)

Total Yards per game: Florida State 386 (58th), Oregon 457 (109th), Alabama 291 (6th)

average rankings – Florida State 55st, Oregon 53rd, Alabama 35th

What about kicking? Mr. Long brings it up as a specific topic for consideration when figuring out the most complete team, so let’s take a quick look:

XP Made/Attempts, %: Florida State 44/44, 100% (ranked 2nd), Oregon 55/58, 94.8% (98th), Alabama 41/42, 97.6% (64th)

FG Made/Attempts, %: Florida State 19/20, 95% (ranked 2nd), Oregon 9/11, 81.8% (23rd), Alabama 12/18, 66.7% (87th)

average rankings – Florida State 2nd, Oregon 61st, Alabama 76th

Total average rankings across offense, defense and kicking:

Florida State: 32nd

Oregon: 42nd

Alabama:  49th

So what’s the point of all of this? Does this mean that Florida State is the best team in the land, followed by the Ducks and the Tide? Absolutely not. The point is that Mr. Long and the CFP Committee are throwing objectivity out of the window when they sit down to determine their rankings each week. Alabama has a stellar defense this year and they should be commended for that. But Oregon has put up incredible numbers of their own on the other side of the ball. Florida State has been about as good as Alabama on offense this year but has what might be considered the finest place kicker in the country. While kicking isn’t historically talked about during discussions of rankings, body of work and the proverbial EYE TEST, Mr. Long was very careful to bring it up during this week’s rankings explanation.

He should be commended for that and probably did so knowing that he needed to bring a strong, comprehensive defense for the Committee’s reasoning.

But what isn’t commendable is the fact that he offers the subjective term “complete team” as an obvious explanation for Alabama’s catapult to #1 without even bothering to make sure that the statistics that MIGHT be able to provide some objectivity exist. The fact is that they simply don’t and this is the precise reason that fuzzy qualifications such as “eye test” and “complete team” and “game control” should never be referred to, let alone utilized in a process to determine rankings of any sort.

Would the most “complete team” in the nation have been able to only muster one touchdown in regulation against LSU? Mississippi State found the end zone four times in the first three quarters of their game against the Tigers – in Death Valley, no less. Alabama’s delivery of LSU’s 3rd loss of the season was an important one for the SEC-west. But if we look behind the shiny surface of the ‘epic SEC game’ armor, do we get the sense that Alabama’s offense just wasn’t clicking that night? That they weren’t…complete? How about the Tide’s 1-point victory over Arkansas a few weeks back. Boy, that was a squeaker, wasn’t it?! Did you know that Alabama would have only had the lead in that game for 17 and a half minutes if Arkansas hadn’t botched their extra point in the 2nd quarter? How much GAME CONTROL did we see from the Tide that day? Were they a complete team?

Let’s switch over to the Committee’s praise of Ohio State for their recent wins over two Top 25 teams. This includes the Buckeyes’ one-score win over #25 Minnesota last Saturday. Minnesota has actually been under-appreciated surprise in the Big 10 this season and has been thwarted several times by the pollsters – until now. Yes, now the #25 Gophers are proof-positive that OSU deserved to jump an idle Baylor and replace the Sun Devils after their upset. The thing is – I almost completely agree with the Committee’s decision. Ohio State played tough against Michigan State and then took down conference opponent, Minnesota. But then why do Florida State’s victories over Notre Dame and Clemson get flung out like dirty garbage when it comes time to assess “quality wins”? Mr. Long specifically mentions these two games as practically being albatrosses around the Seminoles’ neck when asked why FSU is number three, but moments later defends the Buckeyes Top 4 assault as a result of their recent 1-score win against the Gophers.

And let’s get back to this “game control” thing. Yes, it’s impressive when a team controls a game against their opponent. Often times, the control can shift back and forth between the two programs, hinging on exciting turnovers or bubbling swings of momentum throughout the four quarters. In this case, though, Mr. Long is very excited to fill us all in regarding how impressed the Committee was with the Tide’s five-point victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday. That’s right – five points…but they were in CONTROL. Which is true for about the first three quarters of the game. Then, it was a one-score game for about half of that last quarter. Do you think the Tide or their fans felt in control during those seven minutes? Similar to the period of ineptitude during their game with Arkansas and just like their full 50 minutes in the LSU game without the lead, there have been numerous occasions this season where the Tide simply weren’t in CONTROL of the game they were playing. Oh, I forgot another short period of time where Alabama WASN’T IN CONTROL of a game:

October 4th, in Oxford, Mississippi.

(FUN FACT: point in time when Florida State was in complete control of every game they’ve played since November 24, 2012: 0:00 on the clock, 4th quarter)

OH, BUT WAIT. A few short breaths after the Arkansas AD informs us that Alabama controlled the game against Mississippi State, he DEFENDS the Bulldogs’ #4 ranking by saying that they…well, were truly never out of it. It was only a five-point game, after all. WHAT?! Which one is it? Did the Tide display GAME CONTROL or not? Did Mississippi State lose or did they almost beat Alabama? If they almost beat Alabama, is Alabama the most complete team with the most impressive body of work? It’s just like we always say here on the Theory – the Theory dictates that when two SEC teams meet, it is an AWESOME win for the victor and an AWESOME loss for the loser, no matter how you slice it! I never thought I’d see it so clearly championed by the CFP Committee Chairman…but, well, Merry Christmas, y’all!

Have there ever been times when Florida State, Oregon, TCU or Ohio State haven’t been in control of a game? DEFINITELY. The problem is that the CFP Committee is invoking this altruistic “trust us, we’re looking at everything” approach when the fact of the matter is that they’re only selectively looking at the same old subjective, bias-infested, short-term, “eye test” mental highlights for some teams and the same “low-lights” for the others. I’ll let you guess which teams enjoy which reel.

Your echelon migrations and overall AWESOME presence:

Last Week (CFP)

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

This Week (CFP)

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

AWESOME Games to Watch This Week:

(1) Alabama / (NR) Western Carolina – I don’t think I could even comment on this one if I wanted to. The Tide should roll through their traditional pre-Iron Bowl matchup against the Catamounts. They are, after all, the most complete team in college football.

(4) Mississippi State / (NR) Vanderbilt – the Bulldogs are ripe for a struggle after seeing their dreams dashed in Tuscaloosa last Saturday. Fear not, as Vanderbilt is now the only team in the SEC without an SEC win (thanks, Arkansas!)

(8) Ole Miss / (NR) Arkansas – remember, Ole Miss beat the mighty Tide last month. Seems like along time ago, right? They’ve also added a second loss to three-loss Auburn since then, so there’s a lot on the line. No, not necessarily for the Rebels, but for one of the few remaining strong points in the Tide’s [strength] of schedule this year. Interestingly, this could also play a big role for Mississippi State should the Bulldogs overcome Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. If current standings hold and Ole Miss beat Arkansas before beating a Top 4 Mississippi State – do they jump into the playoffs?

(10) Georgia / (NR) Charleston Southern - Missouri is in the driver’s seat for a shot at the SEC-west for a conference crown. Nobody is giving the east a chance this year but we’ve seen crazier things happen. Should MIZZOU drop the ball and the Dawgs claw past their nemesis in Atlanta, there could be a very AWESOME finish for us all.

(14) Auburn / (NR) Samford – no comment.

(20) MIZZOU / (NR) Tennessee – as mentioned above, if the Tigers can snag a victory against the Vols, they will represent the forgotten SEC-east in the year of Western AWESOMENESS. What if…

DOOMSDAY Scenario

Mississippi State destroys Vandy, Baylor falls to Oklahoma State, Ole Miss TRUCKS Arkansas, the Hoosiers treat the Buckeyes like they’re Missouri, TCU successfully idles and Florida State beats BC on a last second field goal while the Buffs hang tight with the Ducks:

1 – Alabama

2 – Mississippi State

3 – Oregon

4 – Ole Miss

5 – Florida State

 Here’s to eye tests, game control and complete teams – enjoy the games!

The post The SEC is AWESOME Theory – WEEK 12 Update appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/22/sec-awesome-theory-week-12-update/feed/ 0
Inside the Game (Recorded Nov. 15, 2014): Larry Pasquale Interview with some ND/Navy Memories, Northwestern Preview http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/inside-game-recorded-nov-15-2014-larry-pasquale-interview-ndnavy-memories-northwestern-preview/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/inside-game-recorded-nov-15-2014-larry-pasquale-interview-ndnavy-memories-northwestern-preview/#respond Sat, 22 Nov 2014 01:00:39 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27253 Finally, I’m all caught up in getting KVCE recordings on our Podbean channel and got last week’s Inside the Game recording this afternoon. While I know most of us are ready to never think about or mention Northwestern again, I definitely recommend checking out the first half of the show which features an interview with […]

The post Inside the Game (Recorded Nov. 15, 2014): Larry Pasquale Interview with some ND/Navy Memories, Northwestern Preview appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
HLSpodcastFinally, I’m all caught up in getting KVCE recordings on our Podbean channel and got last week’s Inside the Game recording this afternoon. While I know most of us are ready to never think about or mention Northwestern again, I definitely recommend checking out the first half of the show which features an interview with Larry Pasquale, former special teams coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars and a former coach of Navy.

He was a joy to talk to and he had some cool Notre Dame/Navy memories to share as well. After that…yeah, myself, host Robin Valetutto, and guests from the ND Club of Dallas, Paul Roncal and Jason Koralewski, talk about Notre Dame and their loss to Arizona State and we preview Northwestern very quickly with a plea to not turn the ball over.

SO MUCH FOR THAT.

Anyways, the episode is below. Be sure to join us Saturday at 11am CT as Jason Koralewski is set to rejoin us. Perhaps we will talk about student manager memories or really anything else besides Northwestern.


Download this episode (right click and save)

The post Inside the Game (Recorded Nov. 15, 2014): Larry Pasquale Interview with some ND/Navy Memories, Northwestern Preview appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/inside-game-recorded-nov-15-2014-larry-pasquale-interview-ndnavy-memories-northwestern-preview/feed/ 0
Predictions: We Are Not Good At This… http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/predictions-good/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/predictions-good/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:20:28 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27194 So, yeah, this past week was a complete disaster by all of us. Then again, I don’t think anyone really saw (save for Steve in Iowa) the disaster that Notre Dame had this past Saturday. However, this show must go on and we must trudge through yet another week of this. As always, you can enter via […]

The post Predictions: We Are Not Good At This… appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
So, yeah, this past week was a complete disaster by all of us. Then again, I don’t think anyone really saw (save for Steve in Iowa) the disaster that Notre Dame had this past Saturday.

However, this show must go on and we must trudge through yet another week of this. As always, you can enter via this handy Google form and I will award points and bonus points accordingly next week.

Before we get to the standings in which there was very little movement, here’s my favorite quotes from the week. Spoiler alert: I’m still angry about this loss and no one got bonus points.

Solid win after last week’s fluster cuck. – Davie Dave

And this week we had the total clusterf*&k.

Game will be closer than everyone wants but we pull out a win at home. I would say we’re going to sweat out the win but it’ll be too cold for anyone to sweat. Students and snow in the stadium means a snow ball fight during the game or at halftime. – Irishyoder1

I’ll give you this, the game was certainly closer than everyone wanted.

“Shake it off” played during the high (low) lights from asu. ND comes out sluggish, gives up 10 early points, probably with the help of a Golson turnover. Irish come strong in 2nd quarter and are cruising to an easy win with Zaire coming in with 8 minutes left in the game. Zaire throws a TD and a pick 6 just to keep everybody interested. This kool aid is delicious. – stogiesnbeer

Don’t drink the Kool-aid. It’s poison.

It’s a known fact that cold weather makes balls shrink. Therefore, Everett’s passes will be harder to intercept since the ball will be much smaller. Notre Dame wins big, and I will be warm and naked on my couch, reminiscing of my blackout during the BYU game. I hate snow.

Sincerely,
Spoiled degenerate southerner. – Dixie Domer

Also shrinking: our expectations, hopes, and dreams. Serious question though: did you blackout again because of this disaster? I wouldn’t judge you for saying yes.

Standings

And after everyone got everything so very wrong, here’s where we stand. Again, no bonus points this week.

Name Points
Biscuit 26
IrishMoonJ 26
Phillykelly 24
NDtex 23
Smalls 23
Bayou Irish 22
HLS_Whisky 21
Irish Elvis 21
Irishyoder1 21
ManCaveQB 19
SupermanTDJesus 19
stogiesnbeer 18
NDEddieMac 17
pglass13 17
NDClock 15
Davie Dave 14
Clearwall 13
SteveinIowa1 11
TX-Domer-CA 9
NDSeattle 8
egvvnd 6
The Nature Boy 6
irishmikecomedy 5
lexieblaire 5
taddmike 5
tricerapops 5
AmnDomer 4
AmnMontalbano 4
Onthebay 3
TheMattyPenny 3
ClassicShmosby 2
dixie_domer 2
IrishFaninMD 2
jptefft 2
Nd_catdog 2
RichNDame 2
Sah_ma 2
TriniND 2
uscsuks 2
Dixie_Domer 1
DustinHos 1
Goldmyer81 1
MS 1
rhyno1515 1
tyvanvoorhees 1
Indiana kid 0

HLS Staff Predictions

This can’t get worse…right?

Name Winner Score Prop: Golson Benched? Notes
Biscuit Notre Dame 27-20 Louisville is a matchup that I’m actually interested in. If their coach hadn’t gone to Texas it would’ve been way more interesting – but still, a different, cool, new matchup for the Irish in their first year in the ACC. Strong is gone, Petrino is in, and Louisville has a decent core to build upon.
But I don’t think there’s enough talent there to overcome the first-year-coaching-blues. (Can you tell I’m losing steam? Sorry, I’m human, and this is a ROUGH schedule folks!)
Lots of variables here, so not an easy one to call. So this dance is a solo.
Tex Notre Dame 27-24 No This ends up being a back-and-forth slugfest between these two teams. With sloppy weather in the forecast, Notre Dame tries to bleed the clock and protect their injured defense by running the damn Folston while Louisville delivers a heavy dose of Dyer. The score is 24-24 into the forth and Brindza redeems himself from last week with a game winning FG.
Yes, I'm more optimistic than I should be.
Irish Elvis Louisville 34-38 No
SteveinIowa1 Notre Dame 38-27 No This week is all about pride. It's about respect. I expect that to show up in the form of being on the plus side on turnovers, no egregious special teams miscues, and a marked improvement on D. They are down but this game shows they aren't out.
Hls_whisky Notre Dame 41-17 No I just feel like everything goes right for Notre Dame now that the season is "lost". Brian Kelly will be brought up in the same sentence as Florida at least five times and Golson will return to Heisman form. Expect a lot from the run game as well.
Phillykelly Notre Dame 21-20 No

Animal Predictions

Well, my cat is absolutely on fire. That’s a two game straight up winning streak (now 3-7) and his incredible run against the spread continues, rising to 7-3 which is just absurd. Do not bet against Gulliver.

This week’s pick (and I think we can assuming it’s against the spread by now):

And with such a small spread, I was afraid of that pick. Oh well, Go Irish, grab a few drinks. Looks like we will need ‘em.

The post Predictions: We Are Not Good At This… appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/predictions-good/feed/ 0
#HLSrecap Top 25: Northwestern Game Recap http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/hlsrecap-top-25-northwestern-game-recap/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/hlsrecap-top-25-northwestern-game-recap/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:14:09 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27243 Here are your @andrewwinn stats for this week’s #HLSrecap  — 290+ tweets from 151 contributors, with 61 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have nearly 500 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 […]

The post #HLSrecap Top 25: Northwestern Game Recap appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
#HLSrecap Top 25 logo

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

Here are your @andrewwinn stats for this week’s #HLSrecap  — 290+ tweets from 151 contributors, with 61 first-timers making the cut this week. We now have nearly 500 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

Be sure to read about this week’s #HLSrecap Celebrity Guest Editor.

Here now is our Athletic Director, @FakeSwarbrick, who appealed to Touchdown Jesus to cancel tomorrow’s game on account of too much snow, but accidentally said “Buffalo” instead of “South Bend”.

Brick Helmet Stickers

#HLSrecap Helmet Stickers

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

Do any of you remember the television show Hee Haw?

Follow me here for a minute.

That long-running show about rednecks with guitars regularly did a skit where some shabbily dressed hillbillies would sit around and sing about their miserable lives. And they sang a little tune that went something like this:

Gloom, despair, and agony on me
Deep, dark depression, excessive misery
If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all
Gloom, despair, and agony on me.

That’s our new post-loss drinking song. At least it’s mine because I can’t get out of my head.

Northwestern, folks. North-$@&*#-western. Even if BK had not gone for two and we had scratched out a one point win, I don’t think we’d have much to be proud of. This team is a long way off from being championship caliber.

Unlike this week’s #BrickHelmetSticker recipients. There is something about a loss that brings out the best of our worst because we are a pretty funny bunch when the Irish are losing. Like last week it was tough to whittle down the list of possible recipients to something manageable, so again I’m handing out more than I normally would. But these folks earned it and, by God, we all need some sunshine in a life filled with gloom, despair, and agony.

  • @okerland
  • @ChadSpringer
  • @taxbastard
  • @TheMattyPenny
  • @clashmore
  • @BryonySigrun
  • @Austin4ND
  • @TheIrishWon

#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.

Before we give a standing ovation to @andrewwinn for his stellar job of assembling both the #HLSrecap (he’s definitely not the cause of the loss…is he?) and the stats, let’s check in on whom he bestowed MVP status…

Your MVP winner for the Northwestern game is @PootND with 13 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 @lluckoftheirish

Oak gets MVP and ND loses to Arizona State. Poot gets MVP and we lose to Northwestern. Molly, be judicious in your edits…this fanbase can’t take much more trolling.

#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.

2014 Cumulative Rankings

Rank

Name

Tweet Data

T.R.O.L.L. Data

Overall

Previous Rank

1 HLS_NDTex 52.5 52.5 1
2 PDXIrish 50 50 3
3 oaknd1 48 48 1
4 SupermanTDJesus 45 45 4
5 andrewwinn 40 +1 41 7
6 PootND 40.5 40.5 10
7 IrishMoonJ 39 39 5
8 OptimisticDomer 38 38 6
9 IDtheMike 37 37 8
10 FatherSorin 29 29 9
11 dapremonster 26 26 12
11 HoosIrish 26 26 11
13 NDEddieMac 25.5 25.5 18
13 NDatRivals 25.5 25.5 13
13 Subway_Sprout 22.5 +3 25.5 18
16 jdford 23 23 14
17 tricerapops 21 21 25
18 FakeSwarbrick 20.5 20.5 18
19 TheSubwayDomer 20 20 14
19 taxbastard 20 20 16
21 OneFootDown 19 19 16
21 PaulRRigney 19 19 22
23 taddmike 18 18 24
23 IrishTightness 18 18 23
25 LluckoftheIrish 17.5 17.5 21

Also receiving votes: @Danny_Concannon, @eTruth_Irish, @CBusIrish, @pburnsOFD, @KeithArnold.

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

The post #HLSrecap Top 25: Northwestern Game Recap appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/hlsrecap-top-25-northwestern-game-recap/feed/ 0
Irish Blogger Gathering: Getting Back in the Saddle http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/irish-blogger-gathering-getting-back-saddle/ http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/irish-blogger-gathering-getting-back-saddle/#respond Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:34:09 +0000 http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/?p=27240 When it rains, it pours. As if the Notre Dame loss to Northwestern wasn’t enough to kick off a rough week, my work week too a serious hard turn into awful as the impending Thanksgiving holiday, plus a load of other things, caused me to bow out from both HLS posting as well as Twitter […]

The post Irish Blogger Gathering: Getting Back in the Saddle appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
When it rains, it pours. As if the Notre Dame loss to Northwestern wasn’t enough to kick off a rough week, my work week too a serious hard turn into awful as the impending Thanksgiving holiday, plus a load of other things, caused me to bow out from both HLS posting as well as Twitter for most of the week.

To say that I am ready for another Notre Dame football game is an understatement. While I’m more terrified than I would like to be, I’m ready to get back in the saddle and I’m hoping the Irish are as well.

With that said, it’s time to get back in this groove with the IBG.

ibg_nokelly3

My question: With Joe Schmidt injured, it appears that the piece that tied the defense together is missing. Who is your candidate to pick up that leadership role and serve as the glue to get this thing back together?

The Subway Domer is looking for a leader, but not sure where to turn.

NDNation looks to Jaylon.

Still to come…

Fighting Irish Blog

UHND.com

(Mike Coffey, NDNation) It’s been a little meltdowney on the football side, so a question on a potentially happier topic – have you watched any of the men’s basketball games this season so far?  If so, allowing for the quality of opposition faced, what’s your evaluation on what you’ve seen and what are your expectations for the season?

Sadly, I have not. Work has kept me away from two games and after the Northwestern loss, I mostly unplugged. I will say this though, I am encourage by the high point totals the Irish are putting together, poor competition or not. Last year was incredibly frustrating to watch as it just felt like the Irish weren’t taking advantage of the athleticism that they now have on the squad, even before the injuries. Hopefully, this will be a good sign of things to come.

(Aaron Horvath, Fighting Irish Blog) After last week’s loss, many of us didn’t know quite what to say or do. First off, tell me what you did Sunday to get your mind off of the game and second, embed the music video of the song that best signifies how you felt Saturday night.

The Dallas Cowboys had a bye week, so I took it as a chance to unplug from anything football related, save for filming an episode of HLS TV. Even got some video game time in with Watch_Dogs, which I was able to finally finish and get off my ever growing backlog of games to play.

As for the music:

(Frank Vitovitch, UHND.com) As Everett Golson’s turnover woes continue, how short would your leash be with him if you were Brian Kelly?

I’ve gone back and forth on this so much. I still think Golson gives the Irish the best chance to win, but I’m getting to the point in which I think Kelly needs to tighten the leash a bit. I don’t think it should be “one more turnover and ride the pine”, but if we see another multiple turnover game and it seems like Everett’s head is just all over the place again, I certainly wouldn’t be upset if Zaire got a drive or two.

(The Subway Domer) This is the last game of the first year of the ACC games. So… What do you think? Do you like it? Was it underwhelming? Was it odd? Was it awesome? Basically…. “coach, can you talk about the ACC games this year and moving forward?” 

I’m a fan thus far. We got two games against Top 25 opponents as Louisville found their way back into the rankings this week. Florida State is a likely playoff contender as well, so that created quite an exciting matchup. Overall, I think we will see something like this yearly–a couple solid opponents with some fodder mixed in.

I can’t wait for future matchups against Clemson and Virginia Tech in particular. I’m definitely hoping I can find a way to make those road trips. For me, things like this are a breath of fresh air.

The post Irish Blogger Gathering: Getting Back in the Saddle appeared first on Her Loyal Sons.

]]>
http://www.herloyalsons.com/blog/2014/11/21/irish-blogger-gathering-getting-back-saddle/feed/ 0