TCB Poll: Preseason Playoff Predictions

TCB Poll, brought to you by the Elvii of college football

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

Computers, Humans, and Polling Disparities

BCS Computer Dispairty

Well, I for one welcome our new computer overlords. The BCS in its current form - ridiculous - is hitting the home stretch. At this point, no self-respecting fan of college football should be able to sing any praises of this system which proved to be experimental at best and lacking, limited, and lousy at worst. Systematic and complex ranking algorithms, whether human or CPU-based, have been both the calling card and scourge of college football for quite some time. In a grand sense, there is … [Read more...]

College Football Polls: Let’s Do a Blind Taste Test

HLS EFS CSC Head to Head

So after the joy of beating Southern Cal, Notre Dame fans were quickly brought down to earth by seeing the Irish unranked yet again this week. To add to the frustration, Notre Dame saw teams that they beat in Michigan State and Arizona State ranked ahead of us. So with this in mind, let's do a blind taste test. Below you'll find every ranked 2-loss team, the teams we beat ahead of us, a couple 1 loss teams, a 3 loss team, and Notre Dame. We will then break down their wins and losses and show … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: ND SA

HLS EFS CSC Bluebook

You have to write an essay – and a good one at that – in order to be admitted to Our Lady’s University.  But just anyone can buy, be given, or stumble upon a ticket to a home game.  And I’m not exactly sure that’s appropriate.  I think there should be an essay application for anyone – student, alum, subway alum, or first-time fan – who wants to enter the House the Rockne Built…except the other team’s people, who we know are illiterate.  So I’ve taken this year’s actual essay questions, written … [Read more...]

Good Fridays w/Padre: Scandal Us

HLS EFS CSC Swarbrick Sneer

At this time in July, as families travel across the country, grade-school children catalog their new experiences so they can write those all-important “what I did on my summer vacation” essays.  At this very same time, across America, sports journalists are sloughing off the blackened husks that used to be their integrity and are skimming the sewers of half-truths and scurrilous gossip, as they prepare to smear Notre Dame in the style of angry chimpanzees with handfuls of their own filth.  This … [Read more...]