Thanks for the quote, LTSatch. I appreciate it.
One further matter of note, is that Providence's place in the PWR is out of place with respect to their RPI because of 2 lost comparisons: With Notre Dame and with BC.
The first commentary on this is that: If Providence does not win this week against Mass, their RPI will take a huge hit, and this disparity will become moot.
Should they sweep (most likely), then the question becomes: How could they flip those 2 compares? In the case of the NoDame compare, it's simple: Beat NoDame the following week. That turns the H2H, and cancels the CommOpp piece. In the case of the BC compare, it's more complicated. Providence will have to flip the CommOpp part, because BC swept them. How could that happen? It's going to be very difficult. First, Prov would need to sweep UMass. Anything else, and this compare can't change. Then, Prov needs to sweep NoDame. That would gain them a bit. The problem is that BC will likely play either Vermont or Merrimack, and losing to either isn't going to change their CommOpp much. Without doing all the math, it seems that only a very slight chance exists for Prov to flip this compare.
That results in the following conclusion: Providence, as stated in the OP in this thread, has a strong position because of their already strong RPI.
HOWEVER, Notre Dame is not in as strong a position. Should Providence sweep UMass, and then defeat NoDame, NoDame would be in a very weak and vulnerable position.
I would say at this point that next week's supposed Prov/NoDame series is the first one that we are aware of which has make-or-break ramifications.