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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CFP Committee Protocols

Here are some excerpts from the Declaration of Protocols set by the College Football Playoff (CFP) Committee.

Proposed Selection Process:

Establish a committee that will be instructed to place an emphasis on winning conference championships, strength of schedule and head-to-head competition when comparing teams with similar records and pedigree (treat final determination like a tie-breaker; apply specific guidelines).
The criteria to be provided to the selection committee must be aligned with the ideals of the commissioners, Presidents, athletic directors and coaches to honor regular season success while at the same time providing enough flexibility and discretion to select a non-champion or independent under circumstances where that particular non-champion or independent is unequivocally one of the four best teams in the country.
When circumstances at the margins indicate that teams are comparable, then the following criteria must be considered:
  • Championships won
  • Strength of schedule
  • Head-to-head competition (if it occurred)
  • Comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory)

College Football Playoff Selection Committee Protocol

  1. Mission. The committee’s task will be to select the best teams, rank the teams for inclusion in the playoff and selected other bowl games and, then assign the teams to sites.
  2. Principles. The committee will select the teams using a process that distinguishes among otherwise comparable teams by considering:
    • Conference championships won,
    • Strength of schedule,
    • Head-to-head competition,
    • Comparative outcomes of common opponents (without incenting margin of victory), and,
    • Other relevant factors such as key injuries that may have affected a team’s performance during the season or likely will affect its postseason performance.
  1. Voting Process. The voting process will include seven rounds of ballots through which the committee members first will select a pool of teams to be considered, then will rank those teams. Individual ballots will be compiled into a composite ranking. Each committee member will independently evaluate an immense amount of information during the process. This evaluation will lead to individual qualitative and quantitative opinions that will inform each member’s votes.
  2. Number of Teams to Be Ranked. The committee will rank 25 teams. If no champion of a non-contract conference is among that group, then the committee will conduct an additional process to identify the top-ranked champion of those conference champions.

Stephanie Campbell breaking through, on and off the court

Monday, October 27, 2014

Auburn wraps up fall baseball practice

Where do we go from here?


Lots of talk today about the upcoming playoff in college football. Just ahead of the 1st ever release of the rankings as seen by the CFP Committee, which, oh by the way, will be released Tuesday 10/28/2014.

The main topic of course, is who will the participants be in the 1st ever College Football Playoff. The answer is very cloudy at the moment, what with tons of games yet to be played. 

Our main concern is Auburn, and the teams that remain on our schedule, so we will take a look at some of things that need to happen for Auburn to be a part of these playoffs.

Opponents remaining on the schedule are a veritable Who's Who of college football. Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Georgia, and of course our Iron Bowl opponent :)

The chart below is furnished via AL.com and Joel A. Erickson
Remaining SEC games by team
Alabama
Nov. 8 - at No. 16 LSU
Nov. 15 - No. 1 Mississippi State
Nov. 29 - No. 4 Auburn
Auburn
Nov. 1 - at No. 7 Ole Miss
Nov. 8 - Texas A&M
Nov. 15 - at No. 9 Georgia
Nov. 29 - at No. 3 Alabama
LSU
Nov. 8 - No. 3 Alabama
Nov. 15 - at Arkansas
Nov. 27 - at Texas A&M
Mississippi State
Nov. 1 - Arkansas
Nov. 15 - at No. 3 Alabama
Nov. 22 - Vanderbilt
Nov. 29 - at No. 7 Ole Miss
Ole Miss
Nov. 1 - No. 4 Auburn
Nov. 22 - at Arkansas
Nov. 29 - No. 1 Mississippi State

Next up:
First in line is Ole Miss. As you can see by the previous chart the Rebel/Black Bears only have to play 2 conference games. Their loss to LSU this past weekend actually hurt Auburn as well as themselves. A win by Auburn over Ole Miss now, doesn't carry as much significance as if they had remained undefeated.

What benefits Auburn:
 Auburn needs to defeat Ole Miss, and for the Rebels to defeat Miss State in the Egg Bowl.

November 8th vs Texas A&M:
The Aggies are an enigma right now. Which team will show up against Auburn? The one that destroyed South Carolina, or the team that really didn't show up against Alabama?

What benefits Auburn:
A strong showing and a decisive victory.

November 15th at Athens, GA:
Georgia on the other hand, is playing as well as anyone in the country right now. They have two road games remaining vs. Florida this weekend, and Kentucky on November 8th. The 'Dawgs have lost to South Carolina, and played a close game at home against Tennessee. They have won the rest of their games handily.

What benefits Auburn: 
Georgia needs to play well vs. the Gators this weekend, and next week at Kentucky. A win by Auburn could knock UGA out of the East division lead and set up a rematch of the 2013 SEC Championship game. Only if the Mizzou Tigers can navigate their remaining schedule.

Iron Bowl:
I would rather not have to rely on the heroics of our fantastic special teams this year, although I would take a win by any means. 

What benefits Auburn:
As bad as this sounds, we need Bama to beat Miss State.
Beating the media, the referees, and this Alabama team is enough for me. What it does in the minds of the CFP committee is yet to be determined, but I'd guess it would go a long way.

As you can see, there is an awful lot of football still to be played. This post only covers a small amount of obstacles that this Auburn team has in front of it. There is of course Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan State(whom I will pull for because of last season), and Oregon still to consider. 

Other teams with a chance to make the CFP are TCU, Arizona, Kansas State, and Baylor.

Auburn's defense needs to play more consistently. The offense looked especially good vs. South Carolina, but the defense lacked the killer instinct. Pass rush, and open field tackling needs to be a focus. Reverting back to old habits at this crucial juncture would be disastrous. 

Whatever lies ahead for this Auburn team, it's going to be a thrill of a ride. Where we end up, is anybody's guess.

WAR EAGLE!

Auburn vs South Carolina Review

Toomer's Corner after the victory over South Carolina    

photo by Tiffany Pyle
There was considerable anxiety from this writer earlier in the week. On Twitter I shared my worries with this statement.


In the end, our Tigers prevailed, but not without having their nose bloodied by the USC offense.

Only punting the ball once, Spurrier's Gamecocks allowed a 28 yard return for a net of only 19 yards. The next 6 4th down plays, South Carolina went for the 1st down converting 5 of the 6 tries.

Here is the highlight video from Auburn Athletics:


Auburn's offense appeared to be running as smooth as the title run last season. The defense however, had difficulty with the crafty South Carolina team. Next week Auburn takes on the Ole Miss Rebel/Black Bears, who lost to LSU this week.. Setting up a meeting of two Top 10 teams.

War Eagle!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Auburn Soccer: Tigers Win Iron Bowl of Soccer

Randy's Thoughts: South Carolina




As an Auburn fan, I can breathe a sigh of relief this morning after the game last night. Both Auburn and South Carolina produced over 1,000 yards of offense and there was very little defense. 

I was impressed with Auburns rushing attack and the play of Nick Marshall. Nick called a great game and CAP had a career day on the ground. 

It is obvious that Auburn does lack a pass rush with the absence of Carl Lawson. As we saw last night, if you give a good QB time in the pocket he will put up some big passing numbers on Auburn’s defense. 

Props to the Auburn defense for prevailing in the end on the final play of the game.

I might add that all of the South Carolina fans

were engaging, and seemed to soak in the 

Auburn traditions of “Tiger Walk” and Toomer's

Corner.

War Eagle!