Notre Dame's women's basketball team was ranked #3 in the country in today's Associated Press Preseason Poll -- not bad for a team that lost three starters -- two drafted in the first nine picks to the WNBA...
The folks at ESPN -- who rarely ever talk about graduation rates of college student-athletes -- created a formula called ESPN GRADE which factors in graduation rates when ranking teams. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any play...
Well, ESPN's Gregg Easterbrook penned this piece where he took the College Football Playoff Rankings and "mashed-up" the ESPN GRADE ranking system against their TOP 25. Here's the new rankings of teams based on graduation rates:
What if, the College Football Playoff Committee announced a list of the 28 teams today -- still in consideration for one of the FINAL FOUR SPOTS -- instead of a ranking? Then, every week -- for the next six weeks -- they eliminate four more teams from the list.
So, on Tuesday, December 2nd -- the Committee would announce the list of EIGHT TEAMS still under consideration for the College Football Playoff -- with the Final Four announced on Sunday, December 7th. The Committee would then announce their seeding of those four teams at that time.
So, here's my list of the 28 teams that would still be under consideration for the COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS on October 28, 2014:
The "first-ever" College Football Playoff Rankings will be released today at 7:30 PM ET on ESPN. This poll, which is the work of a 12 person committee, will lead to a FINAL FOUR which will be unveiled on December 7th.
Here's what a few of the media prognosticators are thinking how the Committee will rank the teams -- and what to look for this evening: