Not that it’ll happen in a million years, but would I take any pleasure out of this scenario?
Conversation topic from late last night with a bunch of other college football writers: Georgia still has an outside shot to get to the BCS title game. In fact, the Dawgs might even have a scenario where they could overtake an undefeated Notre Dame in the polls. With more Saturday by USC and Michigan State, ND’s potential top wins now may not even be ranked in the top 25 in early December. And if ND, in fact, beats the Trojans USC would be at least a four-loss team and probably unranked. At that point, ND, which just survived triple-OT at home against a bad Pitt team, could conceivably end up with wins over one two ranked teams all season: Oklahoma at Stanford, and ND needs the Cardinal to finish strong. Obviously, the 7-2 Cardinal could do the Irish and K-State and Georgia a big favor by knocking off Oregon in two weeks, then lose two of its remaining three (against No. 13 Oregon State, at Oregon and then at UCLA), David Shaw’s team also could slip out of the top 25.
The other problem for ND is the timing. Everyone else is playing on Championship Saturday but the Irish. I don’t think you could leapfrog a one-loss SEC champ over an unbeaten ND, but I’m not so sure. If Georgia goes out and upsets No. 1 Alabama, there would be a lot of momentum for the Dawgs because voters often get so caught up in the moment.
Yeeahhh… I thinks I might.
- Gary Danielson really doesn’t want to see Notre Dame in the national title game.
- On the other hand, the rest of the BCS bowls are positively giddy over Notre Dame’s prospects.
- The offensive genius gets defensive.
- This blows me away – of the 38 coaches who originally recruited Robert Marve, who starts this Saturday for Purdue, only two are still with the same school today.
- Cool piece on a guy who may be the most obscure influential offensive mind in college football right now.
- Once expected to be the offensive line’s sixth man, Watts Dantzler couldn’t even beat out a walk-on to make the travel squad for the Florida game.
- Here you go, worry warts: “Ole Miss probably couldn’t have picked a better time to face Georgia.”
- Just shoot me. Also, this. (h/t Puffdawg)
You’d better get ready for the Irish-BCS talk, because it’s coming. And here’s why:
Boy, talk about your quote rife with irony:
“I don’t think anybody should have a right to pick and choose in today’s day and age,” [George] O’Leary said…
Or chutzpah. Yeah, that works, too.
There’s a wee Irish tinge to the offerings today.
- The Dawgs enjoyed a good bit of success running out of four-wide sets against Missouri. (In fact, I think the TD pass to King came out of a five-wide, empty backfield set.) Will the offensive line be strong enough for Georgia to keep on doing that?
- If you believe that the biggest difference between the SEC and the rest of college football is the quality of the defensive linemen, then this story will make complete sense to you.
- Mars needs women, but colleges need men. Football, testosterone and Stanford.
- Tyler Wilson looks like he may be ready to show up for Alabama. The question is whether his offensive line will do the same.
- Mark Richt has lost control of LSU’s academics.
- Notre Dame’s move to the ACC – and the news that it will schedule five games a year with that conference’s members – means it’s got some scrambling to do on the scheduling front.
- Jim Delany whistles in the dark about the move, even though it’s likely to impact teams in his conference fairly significantly. (And even though Delany wanted the Irish for the Big Ten.)
- And Ivan Maisel thinks the move signals the death knell of Notre Dame’s independence.
- ACC votes to bump exit fee to a whopping $50 million immediately; FSU voices displeasure after voting against the change.
Holy crap, Brian Kelly.
His team won by forty yesterday, so he was a mellow man. But with this year’s schedule, what’s he gonna do for an encore in a tight game?
Here’s more of what settling things on the field is going to look like, post-BCS style:
Notre Dame officially confirmed discussions with the ACC about entry into the league’s anchor bowl game in the new college football postseason landscape, which is perhaps a slight departure from athletic director Jack Swarbrick’s initial vision of flexibility in bowl destinations.
“Since the development of the new plan for post-season football, the ACC and Notre Dame have had discussions relating to the Orange Bowl,” spokesman John Heisler said Monday. “While presidents have been consulted, the discussions have been between ACC conference staff and Jack.”
You should see this as the ACC’s version of the Champions Bowl alliance. As such, it’s a brilliant move. It makes the Orange Bowl relevant from a marketing standpoint – and don’t forget, the ACC controls that now. It also forges a tie with the school that every conference wants.
That the game itself will often match little more than a couple of better than average teams, at least based on recent history, pales in comparison. People will watch. And that’s the kind of performance that’s the coin of the realm these days.
This article argues that Notre Dame needs someone who’s as great a politician as he is a head coach. It’s clear the Irish need something:
… The Irish have yet to win a single BCS game since its inception, they haven’t lost fewer than three games since the 1993 season, and they’ve cycled through five different coaches since Holtz, if you include the one who fudged his résumé and never coached a single game. They never connected with Bob Davie, they lost patience with Tyrone Willingham after three seasons, and they grew tired of Charlie Weis’s self-involved bluster after five mediocre campaigns.
And now they are starting to wonder about Brian Kelly, an Irish Catholic boy from Boston who arrived with high hopes. But after a pair of rickety 8-5 seasons, Kelly has yet to cultivate the kind of belief that Parseghian did in his first few months…
Yeah, that’s some résumé. Yet Notre Dame football remains relevant on a national level, as witnessed by its role in the post-BCS discussion. Maybe wanting to believe is a belief in and of itself.