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:
Former Notre Dame student-athletes Golden Tate (#15) and Theo Riddick (#25) led a huge Detroit Lions' second half comeback today -- scoring the FIRST TWO TD's EVER by former Notre Dame players in England! Golden led the Lions with seven catches for 151 yards and the TD!
Be sure to check out Theo's GREAT CATCH -- on the game winning drive!
The Lions erased a 21 - 0 halftime deficit to win the game 22 - 21 on a last second 48 yard field goal!
The South Bend Tribune's Notre Dame beat writer Eric Hansen authored a piece today on where the Fighting Irish need to improve on the most over the last five games of the season to be a "legitimate" Playoff contender:
Michigan State head basketball coach Tom Izzo -- dressed up like a member of the band KISS -- as the Spartans celebrated the start of the 2014 - 2015 college basketball season this evening in East Lansing...
I wish we could create a night like this in South Bend.
Former Notre Dame All-American Golden Tate and one-time Heisman Trophy recipient Reggie Bush -- hosted a dance competition in London. The Domer and his teammates take on the Atlanta Falcons in the UK on Sunday...
The Atlantic Coast Conference's Women's Basketball Media Day was held Monday at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC -- and Notre Dame's Muffet McGraw and Jewell Loyd were in attendance.
The Fighting Irish -- who have never lost an ACC game -- received fourteen of the fifteen first place votes from the coaches (Duke received the other) in the preseason poll. In the Media Poll -- Notre Dame received 38 of the 41 first place votes.
Jewell Loyd was named the "Preseason Player of the Year" and she was joined on the "Preseason First Team by her running mate at point guard Lindsay Allen. Freshman Brianna Turner was named to the "Newcomer Watch List."
The folks at the Atlantic Coast Conference released the future football schedules (through 2025) involving their "new toy" -- the Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- in the wake of the most watched college football game EVER in the month of October!
With nine weeks of college football in the books and the first ranking of teams upcoming from the College Football Playoff Committee (October 28) -- the media and coaches have begun their "lobbying" for their favorite teams...
Here's a columnist from The Oregonian -- who's worried about the "DUCKS" not getting into the Playoffs because of Notre Dame's success to date and their upcoming games against Arizona State and USC.
The Notre Dame Women's Basketball coaching staff took a "road-trip" to Michigan to see the Detroit Pistons and Michigan State Spartans conduct their practices -- looking to learn a new trick or two or three...
Here they are with the Spartans' head coach Tom Izzo and Pistons' head coach Stan VanGundy...
Notre Dame fans might not be aware that MSU's Tom Izzo grew up a HUGE NOTRE DAME FAN in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He and his child-hood friend Steve Mariucci dreamed of coaching at Notre Dame -- see story below: