Notre Dame Football: Alabama's loss leaves BCS door open for Irish

The Hope of a Nation Now Rests with USC

11/12/12 in NCAAF   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Nov. 10, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson (5) smiles after throwing a touchdown pass in the third quarter against the Boston College Eagles at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame won 21-6. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-US PRESSWIREAlabama's loss to Texas A&M dropped it three spots in the BCS Standings to No. 4, putting the Tide temporarily out of the title picture.

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.
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1/7/13   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

heidiemorgan wrote:
You are an idiot.

Stanford, Oklahoma, and Michigan aren't "legitimate" teams?   Aren't they all still ranked?  Who has Kansas St. beaten?  Who has Oregon beaten?

You are an embarrassment to society.

I wonder if I'm still an idiot. 35-0 Alabama, midway through the 3rd quarter.

Point proven. Notre Dame is a joke.

11/20/12   |   kevhurls   |   18 respect

"Hold thy tongue"? Nay - BREAK THY FINGERS! You are spouting heresy. (spouting/tapping - old cliché) NotaDame (Bostonian, here) done one thing, all season long. As stated by Coach Kelly in the pre-season, it has "found a way to win." Style-points are for pretty teams. You gonna tell one of NotaDame's 6'13", 800-lb lineman he is pretty? (my advice: don't) There's  a serene saying Coach Kelly is heeding. "Only worry about what you can effect." Undefeated season is a testament. Wed can't effect people's analyses.

11/13/12   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

What does "not rated" mean? Can someone explain this to me? I'm not very good with this football stuff..

11/13/12   |   dkihl

So Kansas State beat a West Virginia team that gives up like 60 points per game and has lost 4 games in a row, Texas Tech who is not rated, Oklahoma State without its starting qb who is not rated and TCU without their starting QB and not rated outside of their win at Oklahoma who they beat by 5 points and Notre Dame beat by 17 points.  Oregon has beat no one, so nothing to talk about there.  Where Notre Dame has beaten two top 15 teams currently in Stanford and Oklahoma and they beat Michigan which is rated in the top 25.  And they didn't play any lower level division teams which both Oregon and Kansas State did.  So yeah i can't really see what your talking about. 

11/12/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

heidiemorgan wrote:
You are an idiot.

Stanford, Oklahoma, and Michigan aren't "legitimate" teams?   Aren't they all still ranked?  Who has Kansas St. beaten?  Who has Oregon beaten?

You are an embarrassment to society.

I guess I'm an idiot... but I'm not the one asking questions that can be answered very easily with a quick google search.

11/12/12   |   Injured_Reserve   |   10 respect

heidiemorgan wrote:
You are an idiot.

Stanford, Oklahoma, and Michigan aren't "legitimate" teams?   Aren't they all still ranked?  Who has Kansas St. beaten?  Who has Oregon beaten?

You are an embarrassment to society.

Maybe an embarrassment to the parallel universe that is the society that Notre Dame fans live in. 

But to answer your question more directly, Kansas State has beaten the same Oklahoma team you referenced above and also pummeled West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU, all of whom are on par with Michigan. I am not including Stanford here because it is unclear as to whether Notre Dame actually won that game.

As for Oregon, they have basically only played their starters in the first halves this year cause they have been so dominant. Best wins include Arizona, Washington, USC.

Pat, I don't think you are an embarrassment to society. 

11/12/12   |   heidiemorgan

You are an idiot.

Stanford, Oklahoma, and Michigan aren't "legitimate" teams?   Aren't they all still ranked?  Who has Kansas St. beaten?  Who has Oregon beaten?

You are an embarrassment to society.

11/12/12   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

3 of Notre Dame's "wins" this season easily might not have been wins had it not been for the aid of the officials (which they seem to often get). Stanford and Pitt were blatant, while Purdue was more passive.