Yesterday, SBNation’s Jason Kirk took an exhaustive look at the college football season, and what oddsmakers in Las Vegas have to say about it in the moment. What he came up with is complete bowl projections based on results of the upcoming season if it were to play out by the book.
He explains his methodology thoroughly in the article, which includes relying on tiebreakers and some judgement calls to avoid rematches and things like that. Based on the methodology, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish would claim the ACC’s bid to the Pinstripe Bowl in the Bronx to face the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The Fighting Irish last played in the Pinstripe Bowl, held in Yankee Stadium, at the conclusion of the 2013 college football season, defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 29-16. Notre Dame last faced Nebraska in 2001, falling 28-10. However, in what some consider a classic rivalry, more of us might remember the 2000 opener in which the top-ranked Huskers barely escaped Notre Dame stadium with a 27-24 overtime win.
Coach K Weighs in on One-and-dones Prior to the Draft
Spurred by the fury of NBA draft hype that culminated last night with the draft itself, Duke Blue Devils Coack Mike Krzyzewski gave his current opinion on the state of the so called “one and done” phenomenon. It’s nothing new; players must turn 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft and - if not an “international player” - be one year removed from high school graduation.
On the Mike and Mike Show Tuesday morning, Coach K gave his opinion that high school players should be eligible for the NBA draft, harkening back to the days in which the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James skipped high school to go straight to the NBA. The Black Mamba and King James were in the minority in terms of players who ultimately found success (albeit great success), leading to the consensus at the time that the great majority of high school seniors were not ready for the NBA and would benefit from a year in college.
But as time passes, it seems only that talent levels rise. Last night, the first seven picks of the NBA draft were players who just finished their freshman year. The eighth pick was 18-year-old Frank Nk from France. Picks nine, 10 and 11? Three more freshmen. Every lottery team chose a freshman or 18-year-old in the NBA draft.
Luke Kennard - the 12th pick - was the first non-freshman or 18-year-old to be chosen. He was a sophomore last year. Coach K didn’t know it at the time, but the draft strengthened his point. He might be on to something.
Saying Goodbye: Former ASU Coach Frank Kush Passes Away
Sadly, former Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Frank Kush passed away peacefully on Thursday at the age of 88. Kush coached at Arizona State from 1955-79, serving as head coach from 1958-1979. Kush holds the all-time winningest career record in Arizona State football history at 176-54-1, including 19 winning seasons and nine conference championships.
Coach Kush represents and interesting link to the Notre Dame football family. To begin. Kush played college football at Michigan State under assistant coach Dan Devine, who would go on to hire Kush to an assistant role when the former was the head coach at Arizona State in 1955. When Devine left for Missouri, two stops before his time as head coach of Notre Dame, Kush was the heir.
Our condolences to the Arizona State football family on a sad day.