No. 1 Florida State (13-0-0) has handed each take a look at to date with flying colours. However, some could complain that the questions haven’t been too laborious. We are on the level of the season the place we’ve sufficient knowledge to make some knowledgeable judgments in regards to the group. Therefore, it’s time for an additional version of the Seminole sports 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 virtually all the questions.

Florida State is the one Division One group within the nation with out a loss or a tie on their file. However, the Noles slipped from No. 1 to No. 3 within the RPI this week. What offers?

The Seminoles have been on prime of the Coaches Poll each week of the season. The Noles have retained their number one ranking this week. However, FSU has slipped to the third spot in the RPI after being on prime of that rating in all the earlier weeks.

This drop is defined by the method used to calculate RPI. Strength of Schedule is essential to the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Here is the method for the RPI:

RPI = (WP * 0.25) + (OWP * 0.50) + (OOWP * 0.25)

In English, the RPI is calculated by utilizing 25 % of the group’s successful share; 50 % of its opponents’ common successful share; and 25 % of its opponents’ opponents’ common successful share.

Basically 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. Even although the Noles crushed each groups that doesn’t matter (a lot) to the RPI. The incontrovertible fact 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 (for those who care about RPI) is that FSU will shortly rise within the rankings regardless of the results of the subsequent 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 backside line is that the RPI is a poor measure to fee groups and that’s the reason the basketball choice committee now not makes use of it formally (though committee members are allowed to seek the advice of the RPI if they want). The unhealthy information is that the soccer committee does nonetheless use the RPI.

Speaking of Strength of Schedule, will FSU’s comparatively mushy schedule come again to hang-out the Seminoles on choice day?

It is true that Florida State has not performed a tricky schedule. The Seminoles have solely confronted one group (#23 Auburn) that’s presently ranked within the coaches ballot. FSU’s energy of schedule is ranked forty ninth nationally.

However, by the point choice day rolls across the Noles can have performed the groups talked about above (#26 Virginia Tech, #3 North Carolina, #8 Duke and #2 Virginia) together with (hopefully) a few ACC Tournament video games.

In different phrases, energy of schedule gained’t be a difficulty for Florida State when the committee begins to assemble the event bracket.

What do you consider the upcoming video games? Could any of these groups take down the Seminoles?

All of them may. However, 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 will likely be transient right here.

The Hokies have some spectacular outings on their resume beating South Carolina and tying UNC and Duke. However, VT has misplaced to Wake Forest and Clemson within the final two video games and earlier than that solely beat Pitt 2-1. It is harmful to make use of the transitive property in sports however FSU beat Clemson 4-1 and beat Pitt 5-0. Emily Gray is a participant to keep watch over for the Hokies however basically it will take rather a lot for FSU to drop this recreation.

North Carolina is subsequent and the Tar Heels at all times have expertise. However, they’re actually younger and so they have been extraordinarily fortunate to beat Boston College (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 gained’t be such a bonus towards FSU. I count on the Noles to have an excessive amount of for UNC on this recreation.

Duke has been very spectacular all 12 months (particularly when Michelle Cooper has performed) however the Blue Devils someway 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 believe that that is the trickiest of the video games left for FSU. I nonetheless count on the Noles to be effective as a result of I believe that they are going to be capable to impose their will on the Devils however Cooper stays a significant menace.

Virginia involves Tallahassee to shut the common season. The Hoos have appeared spectacular just lately with their solely current “blemish” being a 0-0 tie with UNC on October third. UVA will at all times be a menace however I favor FSU on this one as a consequence of two main elements:

  • FSU has extra depth than UVA
  • The recreation 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 out there. 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 will study rather a lot about each groups in that recreation.

Note: The following three questions have been submitted by Tomahawk Nation member RWHughes, Jr.

How will (Gabby Carle’s) absence impression 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 12 months. 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 gained’t matter as a lot as a result of she strikes to the midfield on this alignment. Therefore, 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 group’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 doubtless that they are going to for not less than 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 she or he has the velocity to get ahead on overlapping runs. Payne additionally begins up prime for the Irish nationwide group so she could be a critical menace when she does get ahead.

Losing Carle will make a distinction as she is an skilled, proficient and achieved participant. However, FSU is absolutely deep and the Noles ought to have sufficient to get by way of this stretch in her absence.

Will (Carle) be again for the event time?

Yes, barring damage. The final recreation of the Celebration Tour is October twenty sixth which implies that Carle could be again in loads of time for the ACC Tournament.

How does coach juggle these exterior commitments with the group commitments?

Good query! I’m unsure that I’ve ever mentioned this intimately on Tomahawk Nation.

This is a vital subject on condition that FSU has so many worldwide gamers. It is essential to grasp that just about all gamers wish to play for his or her nationwide groups. Of course, it’s a nice honor to play on your nation however there will also be vital monetary advantages as effectively.

In common, what occurs is that the related worldwide coaches will discuss with head coach Mark Krikorian earlier than the season. In this dialogue they are going to discuss in regards to the plans that the worldwide coach could have for the participant or gamers on FSU’s roster. Usually this features a dialogue about worldwide “windows”. These home windows are timeframes the place the worldwide coach could have to name up the participant to take part for the nation in worldwide competitions or tournaments. The worldwide coach isn’t guaranteeing that the participant will likely be referred to as up however this serves as a heads up that it may occur right now. The dimension of the home windows can range relying on the competitors however they’re often round seven to 10 days.

Technically talking it takes all three events (worldwide coach, faculty coach and participant) to agree earlier than a participant leaves for worldwide competitors however in follow 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. In most circumstances refusal of a name up would imply that the participant wouldn’t obtain one other one. In different phrases, that participant’s worldwide profession might be over until a brand new coach got here in or the participant was such a celebrity that she may get away with refusing callups. Very few of these gamers exist and none of them play for FSU.

Therefore, if a participant known as up she is going to virtually at all times wish to reply the decision. Technically the faculty coach may refuse to ship the participant however this not often occurs and would virtually by no means occur at FSU. Why?

  • Mark Krikorian has had nice success discovering worldwide expertise and integrating that expertise to construct championship stage groups. If he began ordering gamers to refuse callups that will torpedo future recruiting of worldwide gamers.
  • If a school coach ordered a participant to refuse a callup there’s a good likelihood that the participant would give up the group and go anyway. Playing for the nationwide group 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 may play on their nationwide groups for a decade or extra. These coaches don’t wish to stand in the best way of this chance for his or her gamers.

Having worldwide gamers on the roster has quite a lot of positives. They convey a special model that different gamers can study from. Players from Jamaica play slightly in a different way than gamers from Ireland who play slightly in a different way than gamers from Japan who play slightly in a different way than gamers from Canada. Having that completely different taste from everywhere in the globe makes everybody higher. In addition, recruiting internationals will increase a group’s expertise base.

However, callups are a part of the deal when recruiting worldwide gamers. It is a unfavorable to not have a participant like Carle for this upcoming powerful stretch however it is usually a constructive to have her on the market representing the University and successful gold medals. Basically, when recruiting worldwide gamers you need to take the unhealthy with the great however it’s largely good.

Coaches principally deal with the absence of a participant like they might deal with an damage. Next individual up!

Next Game

Florida State faces Virginia Tech on Friday at 5pm. The recreation will likely be broadcast on RSN.

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