No. 1 Florida State (13-0-0) has handed each take a look at to date with flying colours. Nevertheless, some might complain that the questions haven’t been too exhausting. We’re on the level of the season the place we now have sufficient information to make some knowledgeable judgments concerning the workforce. Subsequently, it’s time for an additional version of the Seminole sports activities pocket book.
These are actual questions posed by actual folks within the sense that they’re precise questions (they finish in a query mark) and I’m an actual individual. I’ve written nearly the entire questions.
Florida State is the one Division One workforce within the nation and not using a loss or a tie on their document. Nevertheless, the Noles slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 within the RPI this week. What offers?
The Seminoles have been on high of the Coaches Ballot each week of the season. The Noles have retained their number one ranking this week. Nevertheless, FSU has slipped to the third spot in the RPI after being on high of that rating in the entire earlier weeks.
This drop is defined by the components used to calculate RPI. Power of Schedule is essential to the Rankings Proportion Index (RPI). Right here is the components for the RPI:
RPI = (WP * 0.25) + (OWP * 0.50) + (OOWP * 0.25)
In English, the RPI is calculated through the use of 25 p.c of the workforce’s profitable proportion; 50 p.c of its opponents’ common profitable proportion; and 25 p.c of its opponents’ opponents’ common profitable proportion.
Mainly what occurred on this case is that FSU performed two groups in Syracuse (4-8-1) and Miami (4-8) with poor information this week. Despite the fact that the Noles crushed each groups that doesn’t matter (a lot) to the RPI. The truth that the Seminoles performed these groups depressed FSU’s ranking.
Florida State was handed by Arkansas (11-2) and North Carolina (10-1-2) this week. The excellent news (in case you care about RPI) is that FSU will shortly rise within the rankings irrespective of the results of the following video games because the Seminoles play Virginia Tech (8-4-2) this week and UNC, Duke (9-2-1) and Virginia (12-1-1) subsequent week.
The underside line is that the RPI is a poor measure to charge groups and that’s the reason the basketball choice committee not makes use of it formally (though committee members are allowed to seek the advice of the RPI if they need). The dangerous information is that the soccer committee does nonetheless use the RPI.
Talking of Power of Schedule, will FSU’s comparatively smooth schedule come again to hang-out the Seminoles on choice day?
It’s true that Florida State has not performed a tricky schedule. The Seminoles have solely confronted one workforce (#23 Auburn) that’s at the moment ranked within the coaches ballot. FSU’s power of schedule is ranked forty ninth nationally.
Nevertheless, by the point choice day rolls across the Noles could have performed the groups talked about above (#26 Virginia Tech, #3 North Carolina, #8 Duke and #2 Virginia) together with (hopefully) a few ACC Match video games.
In different phrases, power of schedule received’t be a problem for Florida State when the committee begins to assemble the match bracket.
What do you consider the upcoming video games? Might any of these groups take down the Seminoles?
All of them might. Nevertheless, it will take a comparatively off day from FSU for any of them to take action based mostly on what I’ve seen from them to date this season. I mentioned these groups in the previous notebook so I can be temporary right here.
The Hokies have some spectacular outings on their resume beating South Carolina and tying UNC and Duke. Nevertheless, VT has misplaced to Wake Forest and Clemson within the final two video games and earlier than that solely beat Pitt 2-1. It’s harmful to make use of the transitive property in sports activities however FSU beat Clemson 4-1 and beat Pitt 5-0. Emily Grey is a participant to control for the Hokies however basically it will take quite a bit for FSU to drop this recreation.
North Carolina is subsequent and the Tar Heels all the time have expertise. Nevertheless, they’re actually younger and so they have been extraordinarily fortunate to beat Boston Faculty (6-7-1, 0-6 ACC) of their final recreation (2-1 OT) after they scored the equalizer within the 88th minute. This recreation was managed by BC however the Heels used their depth on the finish of the sport to reap the benefits of the drained Eagles. That depth received’t be such a bonus in opposition to FSU. I count on the Noles to have an excessive amount of for UNC on this recreation.
Duke has been very spectacular all yr (particularly when Michelle Cooper has performed) however the Blue Devils in some way dropped a recreation to NC State (2-1, 2OT) and that has shaken my confidence a bit particularly since Cooper performed in that recreation. Even so I feel that that is the trickiest of the video games left for FSU. I nonetheless count on the Noles to be tremendous as a result of I feel that they’ll be capable to impose their will on the Devils however Cooper stays a serious risk.
Virginia involves Tallahassee to shut the common season. The Hoos have regarded spectacular lately with their solely current “blemish” being a 0-0 tie with UNC on October third. UVA will all the time be a risk however I favor FSU on this one as a consequence of two main components:
- FSU has extra depth than UVA
- The sport is in Tallahassee
I additionally don’t assume that the Cavs have sufficient offensive firepower to maintain up with FSU particularly with Rebecca Jarrett not obtainable. UVA meets Notre Dame (12-1-1, 6-0 ACC) on Sunday. The winner of that recreation will declare second place within the ACC. We’ll be taught quite a bit about each groups in that recreation.
Observe: The next three questions have been submitted by Tomahawk Nation member RWHughes, Jr.
How will (Gabby Carle’s) absence influence us within the hardest a part of our schedule?
Carle’s absence will certainly make a distinction. FSU has moved between utilizing a 3 again protection and a 4 again protection this yr. The coaches determine which protection to make use of based mostly on what they see on movie from the opponent. I don’t assume that Carle’s absence will trigger FSU to make use of the three again extra usually. I count on that the coaches will proceed to determine that based mostly on what they see from the opponent.
If FSU decides to make use of the three again protection Carle’s absence received’t matter as a lot as a result of she strikes to the midfield on this alignment. Subsequently, she could be changed with a midfielder and that isn’t as disruptive as a result of FSU is deep within the midfield. Midfield is the workforce’s strongest place group.
If Florida State decides to make use of 4 within the again for any of the video games (and it’s probably that they’ll for a minimum of a few of them) I count on that the coaches will substitute Heather Payne for Carle. Payne has the expertise to play on the again line and he or she has the velocity to get ahead on overlapping runs. Payne additionally begins up high for the Irish nationwide workforce so she can be a severe risk when she does get ahead.
Shedding Carle will make a distinction as she is an skilled, proficient and completed participant. Nevertheless, FSU is absolutely deep and the Noles ought to have sufficient to get via this stretch in her absence.
Will (Carle) be again for the match time?
Sure, barring harm. The final recreation of the Celebration Tour is October twenty sixth which signifies that Carle can be again in loads of time for the ACC Match.
How does coach juggle these exterior commitments with the workforce commitments?
Good query! I’m unsure that I’ve ever mentioned this intimately on Tomahawk Nation.
This is a vital subject provided that FSU has so many worldwide gamers. It is very important perceive that just about all gamers need to play for his or her nationwide groups. After all, it’s a nice honor to play to your nation however there may also be vital monetary advantages as properly.
On the whole, what occurs is that the related worldwide coaches will discuss with head coach Mark Krikorian earlier than the season. On this dialogue they’ll discuss concerning the plans that the worldwide coach might have for the participant or gamers on FSU’s roster. Normally this features a dialogue about worldwide “home windows”. These home windows are timeframes the place the worldwide coach might must name up the participant to take part for the nation in worldwide competitions or tournaments. The worldwide coach isn’t guaranteeing that the participant can be referred to as up however this serves as a heads up that it might occur right now. The scale of the home windows can differ relying on the competitors however they’re often round seven to 10 days.
Technically talking it takes all three events (worldwide coach, school coach and participant) to agree earlier than a participant leaves for worldwide competitors however in observe it solely takes the worldwide coach. If the worldwide coach calls up the participant it will take a VERY good purpose for the participant to refuse the decision up. Generally refusal of a name up would imply that the participant wouldn’t obtain one other one. In different phrases, that participant’s worldwide profession could possibly be over until a brand new coach got here in or the participant was such a celebrity that she might get away with refusing callups. Only a few of these gamers exist and none of them play for FSU.
Subsequently, if a participant is named up she’s going to nearly all the time need to reply the decision. Technically the faculty coach might refuse to ship the participant however this not often occurs and would nearly by no means occur at FSU. Why?
- Mark Krikorian has had nice success discovering worldwide expertise and integrating that expertise to construct championship degree groups. If he began ordering gamers to refuse callups that may torpedo future recruiting of worldwide gamers.
- If a university coach ordered a participant to refuse a callup there’s a good likelihood that the participant would give up the workforce and go anyway. Taking part in for the nationwide workforce is absolutely essential and everybody understands this dynamic.
- Krikorian and most coaches care about their gamers. They perceive how essential it’s for them to play for his or her nationwide groups. As mentioned earlier, it’s a nice honor and it’s extremely essential for his or her future careers. These gamers will solely play at FSU for 4 years. They might play on their nationwide groups for a decade or extra. These coaches don’t need to stand in the best way of this chance for his or her gamers.
Having worldwide gamers on the roster has lots of positives. They create a special model that different gamers can be taught from. Gamers from Jamaica play somewhat in a different way than gamers from Eire who play somewhat in a different way than gamers from Japan who play somewhat in a different way than gamers from Canada. Having that totally different taste from all around the globe makes everybody higher. As well as, recruiting internationals will increase a workforce’s expertise base.
Nevertheless, callups are a part of the deal when recruiting worldwide gamers. It’s a adverse to not have a participant like Carle for this upcoming powerful stretch however additionally it is a constructive to have her on the market representing the College and profitable gold medals. Mainly, when recruiting worldwide gamers you must take the dangerous with the nice however it’s principally good.
Coaches mainly deal with the absence of a participant like they might deal with an harm. Subsequent individual up!
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