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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Playoff Pushover Prognostications

With the release of the 1st Playoff Projection Tuesday evening, college football has it's first ever glimpse of what could happen if the season ended today with the inception of a playoff to determine it's champion.

And, as 'luck' would have it, Irish faithful will have to wait until seasons end to see if Notre Dame can somehow climb into the picture with it's lone defeat to Flordida State.

The panel did get it right.

Notre Dame does not belong within the top 4.

But that's today.

And 10 is a bit low, but understandable from the most important perspective:

Who have the Irish 'beat'?

A Stanford win looked nice heading into the season.

So did Michigan.

Heck, the Rice game would have been a decent win had the Owls played half as good as they did in 2013.

The same holds true for North Carolina, another ranked team at the beginning of the season -but one that has fallen well below expectations.

So forget one thing Irish fans:

The results of those wins. The outcome of all the games this year play no part in the status of the Irish today. Even the Florida State game.

Notre Dame resides at 11 simply by the lack of production of the teams they faced.

Some are even leaning to the notion the Noles are a little down, with squeakers over NC State and Oklahoma State.

It's a long season and the Irish can work their way back in with some help-and if they run the table.

Here's a closer look at how that can happen:

The 1st 4 in as of October 28th:

#1 Mississippi State

Remaining schedule: Arkansas, UT Martin, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss

Possible loss: Alabama, Ole Miss

Final Record: 11-1 to 10-2

#2 Florida State 7-0

Remaining schedule:Louisville,Virginia, Miami,Boston College,Florida

Possible loss: Louisville

Final record: 12-0 to 11-1

#3 Auburn 6-1

Remaining schedule: Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia,Samford and Alabama

Possible loss: Ole Miss,Georgia,Alabama

Final record:10-2 to 9-3

#4 Ole Miss 7-1

Remaining schedule: Auburn,Presbyterian, Arkansas, Mississippi State

Possible loss: Auburn, Mississippi State

Final record: 11-1 to 10-2


Without the usage of a crystal ball or the vast well of knowledge Kirk Herbstreet has, there are plenty of games to lose for all the teams currently within the top 4 today.

Ole Miss and Mississippi State will end their season's in the Egg Bowl which will eliminate Ole Miss if it's the Rebs who lose. Ole Miss could very well be eliminated by then with a loss possibly to Auburn. Arkansas has a slim chance to defeat the Rebs.

Mississippi State would advance to the SEC title game providing they remained undefeated, which is unlikely. They could very well lose to Alabama.

Auburn looks bad on defense, and will lose 1 more game- which could happen this weekend to Ole Miss.

The team that could remain undefeated out of the 4 is Florida State. Some are suggesting they'll to Louisville.

Should they win this week, the Noles have a clear path to the final four, less an upset via Florida, Miami or BC.

What does all this mean for Notre Dame?

Alot. Remaining undefeated no longer is a must for any team in the new format. It helps, but it's not a death nail. Key is winning all your prime matchups, winning big and throttling the teams your supposed to throttle.

But it's all pointless if the Irish do not run the table o matter how they accomplish that.


Recruiting Rumblings

Brian Kelly is hitting a home run where his next class is concerned.

Linebacker U as some would call it. Little early?

Notre Dame picked up a huge commitment for the recruiting class of 2015 when 4-star inside linebacker Tevon Coney committed to Notre Dame over the Florida Gators.

Coney, a 6’0″, 220 lbs inside linebacker, had one of the most impressive offer lists of any current Notre Dame recruit prior to committing to the Irish. Coney also had offers from the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Miami.

Prior to his pledge, the Irish hauled in Asmar Bilal from Indiana.

Bilal, a 6-3, 205-pound inside linebacker, previously narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and Michigan. Bilal is ranked by as the No. 3 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 2 in-state prospect behind  linebacker Josh Barajas, who is also committed to Notre Dame.

And the list grows with the addition of Bo Wallace from River Ridge Louisianna.

Add these players alongside current Domer Jaylon Smith and freshman Nyles Morgan and next year looks pretty stellar in the middle for Notre Dame.

CBS and The Middies

This Saturday's game with Navy will be broadcast in primetime yet again for the Irish.

Former lineman Aaron Taylor will help with the tone for Irish faithful as a guest color analyst. He is talented folks and tops the list of people many love to see on NBC games for Notre Dame.

And to the question as to why the game is on CBS, it's 2014- even years go to CBS within the series.



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