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Comment 13 minutes ago

You forgot to mention another factor that contributes to program strength: talent evaluation during the recruiting process. By all appearances, Clemson has done a fantastic job in that respect, finding diamonds in the rough, i.e., three star guys who should have been four or five star guys. 

One other thing . . . Clemson also appears to be “good” at cheating via the use of performance enhancing substances. 

So, recruiting rankings are a useful tool, but that does not mean that high school rankings = college talent. The rankings are a good predictor of talent in the aggregate - five stars will hit at a higher rate than four stars will hit at a higher rate than three stars - but on a micro level, there are hundreds of exceptions. 

Comment 10 hours ago

But why do you care so much about what these people write, since they are just fools?

And you are an eSECpn apologist. That doesn’t make you a bad person and you’ve become better at it over the years - more reasonable, making better arguments, etc. But it is what you do and we are what we do. 

Definition of apologist

: one who speaks or writes in defense of someone or something

Comment 10 hours ago

Committee spokesman just said that LSU “deserved” the #1 spot. Deserved - a very nebulous concept - is supposed to have nothing to do with the selection process, according to their own written guidelines, etc. This is a corrupted process. The individual committee members do the best they can and operate in good faith, but the process lends itself to corruption. 

Comment 11 hours ago

LSU could be in the worst position of all four playoff teams: over the next three weeks, they will get repeatedly stroked by their fellow students on campus, around town by Baton Rouge fans, and by the sports media hacks and SEC social media trolls. On top of that, Joe Burrow is about to be coronated as the best QB in SEC history and be sent on the Heisman banquet circuit. Meanwhile, Lincoln Riley has three weeks to dream up new schemes and plays against LSU’s vulnerable defense indoors on a fast carpet, while his team gets to hear hw they’re just an easy out. 

Comment 13 hours ago

As much as I’ve criticized the committee, that is one thing they’ve usually had right: use all of the data that are now available and analyze accordingly. The data now show that Texas turned out to be a mediocre football team.

If LSU is rewarded by the committee for beating “top 10” Texas, it will because they scheduled this game against a quality non-conference opponent, not because this turned out to be a top level opponent. 

Comment 13 hours ago

Okay, dude . . . Here are two past teams that weren’t good, then: Super Bowl XXII champs, the 1987 Washington Redskins; Super Bowl LI champs, the 2016 NE Patriots. 

Comment 22 hours ago

Not take anything away from LSU, but Georgia really did look like absolute Dawg shit. Obviously, LSU has something to do with that, but only to an extent. Anyone who knows anything about football could see how bad UGA looked on their own accord.

Comment 07 Dec 2019

If I were on the committee, I would make strong case against treating this weekend’s championship games as just another set of data points. And I say that knowing that my “approach” could potentially bite Ohio State in the a—, too. But if UGA wins today and thus LSU already had the opportunity of playing a playoff team only 24-odd hours before the committee makes its final selections and blew that opportunity, aren’t that better “data” than all of the “resume” data?

Keep in mind that all of the stats and advanced stats are tools - very useful, but with significant limitations. Moreover, there are hundreds of different variables and data points that make these playoff analyses and voting decisions hyper complex - possibly even bewildering at times. I,e., “splitting hairs.” The committee members do their best to utilize AND cut through all of that data to get to what they believe are the best assessments, but it is as much art as it is science. And a highly imperfect art and science at that! 

Albert Einstein, who was wise in addition to being exceptionally brilliant, said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don't know.” The committee members should be humble enough to rely, as much as possible, on opportunities for “nature to take its course.” That wouldn’t mean that these conference games today are quasi “play in” games, but they should be seen as more than just 13th games.