The Hope of a Nation Now Rests with USC
If the regular season ended today, we'd have a championship game between Oregon and Kansas State.
Neither team is better than Alabama on paper, but that would be an acceptable matchup. Both are absurdly good and have been taking care of business against some other teams who are also pretty damn good.
If one (or both) of those teams falter, we might be stuck with Notre Dame in the championship game.
If you're wondering why that's a problem, just take a good look at Notre Dame's schedule and what they've done against teams of various talent levels.
Despite their 10-0 record, the Fighting Irish simply aren't anywhere near being a championship-caliber team.
Sure, they blew out Navy and Miami (Fla.). Yeah, they went to Norman and took out Oklahoma.
However, they also were taken to three overtimes against lowly Pitt, went to OT against Stanford, only won by a touchdown against Michigan (which was blown out by Bama), and barely squeaked by Purdue and BYU, winning both games by only three points each.
Notre Dame is 10-0 right now, but could very easily be a 5-5 team if only a few plays here and there went slightly different.
It still has Wake Forest and USC on its schedule, so there's a great chance that Notre Dame could still end up losing a game.
Unfortunately, Kansas State and Oregon still have some tough games left as well.
Oregon still has to play Stanford and Oregon State, and then either USC or UCLA in the Pac-12 championship. Kansas State still has Baylor and Texas remaining with no conference title game.
The ideal situation for true college football fans would be for Notre Dame to pick up a loss or for Kansas State and Oregon to win out.
Or even a loss for one or both of those teams, so Alabama can get into the title game, since it's still probably the best team in the country.
Either way, a Notre Dame title game appearance would be an embarrassment — It would be its first game against a legitimate team, and the Irish would most likely lose by at least three scores.
Let's hope USC can take care of business on November 24, so we no longer have to worry about another championship game snoozer.