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By · February 4th, 2011 · 8,555 views
Tradition Is a Guide, and Not a Jailer

National Signing Day has come and gone and Notre Dame football fans around the country continue to recover from the hangover of the one last hurrah before the inevitable off-season lull. Broken only briefly by a short-lived Spring “dog and pony show” in which only die-hard fans trek to Notre Dame Stadium to brave the unpredictable northern Indiana weather and catch a glimpse of what …

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By · January 17th, 2011 · 3,313 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Final Rankings

Editor’s note: The previous week’s results can be found here: week 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6.

The dust has settled on the 2011 season, and the Auburn Tigers came out on top. It was quite the turnaround for head coach Gene Chizik. Auburn finished the 2009 season in relatively pedestrian fashion. The Tigers compiled an 8-5 record, including a dubious …

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By · December 15th, 2010 · 5,377 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: AV Ranking Bowl Predictions

Editor’s note: Special thanks to ESP and AVR co-creator Vincenzo Siciliano for his effort in the work outlined below. He did the analysis, I just made a few observations and wrote up this summary.

Disclaimer #1: The following is not intended for betting purposes.

Disclaimer #2: The following analysis does not include the Army—Navy game last weekend. It is not expected that excluding this …

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By · December 5th, 2010 · 6,189 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Fourteen

Editor’s note: Be sure to check back for the final installment of the ESP when the final AV Ranking (AVR) will be used to predict the bowl game outcomes. The previous week’s results can be found here: 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7 and 6.

The season ended with three undefeated teams but only two will be playing for the BCS National Championship in …

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By · November 29th, 2010 · 3,147 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Thirteen

There was some shuffling atop the polls and the AVR this week as three teams—Boise State, LSU, and Oklahoma State —in last week’s ESP top 10 lost.

The Broncos fell one spot in the AVR but fell more sharply in both the AP and Coaches Polls dropping five spots in the former and seven in the latter. LSU dropped from 6th to 13th in the …

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By · November 21st, 2010 · 2,672 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Twelve

Three of the top four AVR teams were idle this week, and Boise State blanked Fresno State. Auburn and the Broncos remain one and two while TCU and Oregon flip-flopped. Of all the teams in the top 10, the Ducks have the least impressive resume with the 109th ranked strength of schedule.

The Irish moved from 52nd to 37th with their win over the Black …

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By · November 15th, 2010 · 2,195 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eleven

There are still four unbeaten teams. Auburn bested Georgia in a slugfest, Boise State handled Idaho, Oregon survived against California, and TCU edged out San Diego State. With the exception of the Broncos, the other four teams looked largely human.

The trend of top ranked AVR teams with weak schedules continues. Of the top 10 AVR teams, six—Boise State, Oregon, TCU, Nebraska, Ohio State, and …

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By · November 7th, 2010 · 2,228 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Ten

Now that teams are in the middle of their conference schedules, the cream is rising to the top.

Arkansas bested South Carolina. Texas A&M handed the Sooners their second loss. LSU edged out Alabama. And TCU dismantled the Utes on their home field. There were near misses as well. Iowa nearly lost to Indiana and Nebraska was almost upset by Iowa State. Now only Auburn, …

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By · October 31st, 2010 · 1,900 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Nine

And then there were five.

Iowa dismantled Michigan State and Nebraska handled Missouri to reduce the number of unbeaten teams from seven to five. Auburn, Boise State, Oregon, TCU, and Utah are the only remaining unbeaten teams and all occupy the top five spots of the ESP. The same is true for the AVR with on exception—Utah’s 118th ranked strength of schedule (SOS) has them …

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By · October 24th, 2010 · 1,865 views
2010 Elite Selection Playoff: Week Eight

Another number one bites the dust. Yesterday didn’t have the chaos of last week or the week before it, but Oklahoma’s loss to Missouri and Auburn’s besting of LSU leaves only seven unbeaten teams—Auburn, Boise State, Michigan State, Missouri, Oregon, TCU and Utah.

Auburn’s win vaulted them to the top of both the ESP and AVR as the Tigers’ own as impressive of a resume …