The Discover BCS National Championship pitted #1 Notre Dame vs. #2 Alabama at Sunlife Stadium in Miami, FL. With over 80,000 people in attendance, the game was expected to be competitive even though Alabama was favored by 7. But the Tide had other plans as they jumped out to a 21-0 lead early. At Halftime, the lead was 28-0. Fans wishing for a competitive game, were out of luck (unless they saw AJ McCarron’s girlfriend). More than half of the attendance were Notre Dame fans. But despite their support, the Fighting Irish were losing 35-0 in the third quarter. Late in the game, the teams exchanged two touchdowns, leaving the final score: Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14. The Crimson Tide have now won 15 National Titles, and 3 of the last 4. Alabama coach Nick Saban won his fourth National Title. Notre Dame was the first independent team to play in the BCS National Championship. There were two controversial calls early in the game. One involved a Notre Dame incomplete catch that appeared to be a catch, and the other was questionable ND interference with a punt returner. However, the lopsided score made these rulings fairly insignificant.
TIde RB Eddie Lacy was MVP, as he had two rushing touchdowns. Alabama QB AJ McCarron threw four touchdown passes, dissecting the Irish defense at will. Two of those passes were caught by WR Amari Cooper. In the end, only two TD’s were scored by ND, a run by QB Everett Golson and a pass from Golson to WR Theo Riddick. It should be noted that BOTH teams had outstanding seasons. ND: 12-1 ALA:13-1
UC football head coach, Butch Jones, is expected to make a decision today on where he will coach for the 2013 season. Jones has received offers from Colorado, Purdue, and of course UC. The Bearcats (9-3) have been coached by Jones for the past 3 years. The Bearcats’ coaching carousel is evident in the past few years. Jones replaced Brian Kelly in ’10 who had left to become coach at Notre Dame. Kelly replaced Mark D’antonio in ’07, who left to become coach at Michigan State. You get the picture. If Butch leaves it will just continue the trend that Cincinnati football is a stepping stone to wealthier and more powerful football programs. In other words, don’t be surprised if Mr. Jones leaves. Colorado appears to be the frontrunner for Butch. The Buffaloes have offered him a 5 year/$13.5 Million deal.
Update 10:20 a.m.: A source has confirmed that Jones WILL NOT coach at Purdue. It’s down to Colorado and Cincy, so check back here.
With the top two teams going down Saturday (Kansas State and Oregon), Notre Dame is the new #1 team, after blowing out Wake Forest 38-0. Alabama is back to #2, as they took care of Western Carolina, 49-0. Georgia moves to #3, Florida to #4, and Oregon to #5 after losing to Stanford in overtime. K-State dropped from #1 to #6 after losing to Baylor 52-24. Ohio State is #4 in the AP Poll but is excluded from the BCS Rankings (NCAA Violations). OSU and ND are the only undefeated teams remaining.This Week:
After Alabama losing, the BCS Standings were shaken at the top. Alabama fell from #1 to #4. Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame are 1,2, and 3 respectively. K-State was able to defeat TCU 27-10, Oregon routed California, and Notre Dame beat Boston College 21-6. Alabama lost to #15 Texas A&M at home. Ohio State is not eligible for the BCS because of recruiting violations, but does rank #6 in the AP Top 25. Kansas State, Oregon, Notre Dame, and Ohio State are only unbeatens remaining.
#1 Alabama had a scare in Baton Rouge, but the Crimson Tide pulled out a last-minute victory over #5 LSU (dropped to #7). #2 Kansas State played well defeating #24 Oklahoma State. #4 Oregon defeated #17 USC 62-51, which propelled the Ducks to #3. Notre Dame nearly lost to Pittsburgh but ended up winning in three overtimes. The Irish fell from #3 to #4. After upsetting #2 Florida last week, Georgia routed Ole Miss 37-10. The Bulldogs are now #5 in the latest BCS rankings.
After week 10 in the 2012-13 college football season, six undefeated teams remain in the FBS. Alabama remains #1, while Kansas State and Notre Dame moved to #2 and #3 respectively. Ohio State, due to recruiting violations, is not eligible for any BCS ranking. However, they rank #6 in the AP Top 25. Alabama plays #5 LSU Saturday in the major battle of the week. Kansas State will play #24 Oklahoma State, and ND plays Pittsburgh.