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Notre Dame has easiest road in four-team race to BCS title game
The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, November 4, 2012 | John Feinstein

Posted on 11/04/2012 5:47:01 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

NBC —the Notre Dame Broadcasting Company — aired “Rudy” for the 5,388th time on Saturday night. This is the movie that still gives some people chills, the ultimate Little Guy Who Did story, backed by the playing of the Notre Dame fight song 468 times.

No doubt NBC picked the first Saturday in November because it knew the Fighting Irish were playing an awful opponent earlier in the day, one that had started its season by losing to Youngstown St. Somehow, Pittsburgh almost ruined the evening for all the Irish fans before losing, 29-26, in triple overtime.

Notre Dame won because Pitt place kicker Kevin Harper pushed a 33-yard field goal wide right in the second overtime. Naturally, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly talked about how much his team had “overcome” to win.

He’s right: His team overcame playing a bad football game and got lucky it was playing a bad football team.

And yet, it doesn’t matter: Notre Dame is 9-0 and remains one of four in contention to win the national championship.

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1 posted on 11/04/2012 5:47:02 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

They could barely beat Pitt.

Alabama has some tough games but should be able to go undefeated. If they, K State, or Oregon go undefeated, don’t see how those 3 aren’t ranked above an undefeated Notre Dame.


2 posted on 11/04/2012 5:49:03 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: TigerClaws

Because they are Notre Dame, and have always been good at politics.


3 posted on 11/04/2012 5:54:32 PM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: MinorityRepublican

This reminds me of when Hawaii was undefeated. A lot of people thought Hawaii should play LSU for the BCS title. Instead Hawaii played Georgia. Georgia kicked the crap out of Hawaii. NO ONE will ever convince me that there is a tougher conference then the SEC.


4 posted on 11/04/2012 5:55:30 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

Roll Tide.


5 posted on 11/04/2012 6:02:02 PM PST by numberonepal (First they came for Sarah, then they came for Herman.....e)
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Oregon will be #2 if they win out. They still get a top 10 Oregon State, Top 15 or so Stanford and Top 25 or so UCLA/USC...these are computer rankings. They will STAY #2 in the human polls, and get a bump in the computer ranking.

KSTATE only has Texas left to do them any good.

The REAL nightmare scenario for SEC haters? Oregon loses to OState, Kstate loses to Texas, ND loses to USC, Bama wins out beating Georgia and Florida torches FSU.

#1 Bama vs #2 Florida for the title.

Talk about some crying...


6 posted on 11/04/2012 6:04:40 PM PST by Crimson Elephant
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To: Crimson Elephant

Even in down years, K State has historically been very good against UT. Although UT is capable of giving them a game, I don’t see K State losing.

I also think that USC is more than capable of beating Notre Dame; but I think Notre Dame will beat them.

I don’t see either Oregon or Alabama losing from here on out...

Although history suggests at least two of the 4 will take a loss, I would put money down on all 4 being undefeated at the end of the regular season...


7 posted on 11/04/2012 6:08:52 PM PST by wolf24
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To: chesley

Alabama getting by LSU @ LSU holds more water than anything the Irish have done so far. I’m not an Alabama fan but facts are facts.


8 posted on 11/04/2012 6:10:41 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: eyedigress

Eye agree....and ND will get trounced by USC. They hung well with Oregon and Barkley and their WR’s are a tad better than Pitt.


9 posted on 11/04/2012 6:19:20 PM PST by oust the louse (Obamacare has morphed into a tax on staying alive.)
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To: eyedigress
I’m not an Alabama fan but facts are facts.

I want to see Oregon's offense wreak havoc on the touted Alabama defense.

10 posted on 11/04/2012 6:24:37 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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To: Alaska Wolf

They might. I hope to see that match-up. It is just makes for great college football.


11 posted on 11/04/2012 6:29:33 PM PST by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/?)
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To: Alaska Wolf

The Pac 12 plays Pop Warner football compared to the SEC.
No team that gives up 51 points to another team has a defense. There is more to football than playing run and gun with other teams to see who can score the most points.
LSU beat Oregon last year and Oregon was better last year than they are this year. If not for a late score LSU would have beaten them by 20 points. Like last year, Oregon is overrated. Every team in the weak Pac 12 is worse than they were last year. Alabama’s defense would dominate Oregon. If Alabama runs the table they will play another undefeated team for the title. ND or KS State, but not Oregon. A one loss Georgia team would play them before an undefeated Oregon tam. The reason? See my comments above about strength of conference.


12 posted on 11/04/2012 7:09:49 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet
Oregon is overrated.

So is Alabama! Oregon would shred the Bama defense.

13 posted on 11/04/2012 7:15:48 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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To: MinorityRepublican

None of this matters, if Notre Dame goes undefeated the powers that be will ensure that they play in the national championship. They have the largest and most nationwide fan base of all the teams. The BCS will be rigged to show Notre Dame as number 2. I have as much faith in the integrity of the BCS tabulation as I do in Chicago vote counting.


14 posted on 11/04/2012 7:49:55 PM PST by wrcase
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To: MinorityRepublican
There aren't any dominate college teams this year. The last one I held out for was Oregon. The Ducks rolled over everybody until USC to whom they gave up, what, 40+ points? The greatest story in college football will explode across the front pages of websites cross America this weekend. Indiana University plays Wisconsin at Bloomington, IN. IU is in second place with a 2-3 (4-5) record, behind the Badgers' 3-2 record. The two teams ahead of us, Ohio State and PSU are bowl-ineligible. If IU can beat Bucky Badger then they have PSU and Purdue left on the schedule. Split those two games and IU is in the Big Ten championship game. Next stop? Rose Bowl!

GO IU!

15 posted on 11/04/2012 8:05:03 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Bama is unstoppable this year, imho.


16 posted on 11/04/2012 8:11:51 PM PST by tomkat ( PAlabama '12 = RR = 300 +)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Roll Tide, y’all!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PwOCnRj3sw


17 posted on 11/04/2012 8:31:32 PM PST by canalabamian (Durka durka...Muhammad FUBAR!)
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To: TigerClaws

One game at a time! RTR


18 posted on 11/04/2012 8:35:56 PM PST by petitfour
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To: canalabamian

I was surprised our QB played so well against Bama. By far his best SEC performance yet. Damn 2 minute defense did us in. But Alabama is a great team and I hope these joke conferences don’t win a Championship over the SEC.

Congrats on the win.


19 posted on 11/04/2012 8:46:22 PM PST by TigerClaws
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To: MinorityRepublican

John Feinstein is a classic anti-Catholic bigot whose hatred of Notre Dame is well documented. One could compare Feinstein to vermin or pond scum, but that would be unfair to rodents or algae.

ND has played the toughest schedule of any major college team in the country and is still undefeated.

I am a proud ND alum. GO IRISH!!!!!


20 posted on 11/04/2012 9:05:13 PM PST by nd76
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To: Alaska Wolf
So is Alabama! Oregon would shred the Bama defense.

Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

21 posted on 11/04/2012 9:11:57 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Thanks, I needed a good laugh.

You'll need that and a crying towel after the bowl games.

22 posted on 11/04/2012 9:28:49 PM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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To: NKP_Vet
No team that gives up 51 points to another team has a defense. There is more to football than playing run and gun with other teams to see who can score the most points.

Actually, there is nothing more to football than seeing who can score the most points. To paraphrase Herm, 'Helllooooo! That's how you win the game!'

Already forget Spurrier and his 'fun and gun' offense? He routinely put up over 50 points on SEC defenses, even on LSU more than once (did in '96 when they were ranked 12th).

Bama's defense is great, but that offense is average at best. I'm hoping Oregon gets into that BCS championship game, because I think this year they have enough to give them a run.

I think ND would get handed their head (probably won't get past USC, did you watch the game against Pitt?). K-State is having a nice year, but I'd rather take Oregon's offense than theirs against 'Bama. Georgia is only going to finish the season with one loss if they beat 'Bama.

23 posted on 11/04/2012 9:40:56 PM PST by Gunslingr3
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To: TigerClaws

I think USC will take care of ND.

A lot of people think Stanford should have been awarded the tying TD in overtime in addition to the poor play against Pitt.


24 posted on 11/04/2012 11:53:26 PM PST by staytrue
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You would think that after several years of the same talk...that gets blown straight to hell in the BCS title game by whatever “Overated” SEC team that makes it there...people would learn.

I remember the 92 Sugar Bowl between a boring Bama team and the high flying Miami canes.No one gave bama a chance. It was a given the canes would roll over Bama. I got 10-12 points on every wager I made. Bama dominated from the get go.

Even though the giants beat the patriots the previous time they met up in the Super Bowl, with a better team than that game, and the pats with a slightly less talented team, the pats were still favored. Like Bama, they are strong along the lines and execute.

LOL at the posters saying how average the bama offense is. Before scoring only 21 against LSU....the next lowest point total before then was 33. Bama’s qb has yet to throw an int. Bama’s oline is better than the bottom third of NFL teams.

LOL at those that say Bama’s defense can be had.LSU scored the most points against them of any team this season...17. Good luck shredding that monster.

I ain’t no bama fan. I’m a football fan that makes side money off people with misconceptions just like many on this thread. But it’s obvious many here are clueless about Bama and Saban.Here’s a few on the house.

They are big, deep and talented along both lines. The oline is the better unit this year...but the defensive front is a very talented deep group.

Saban’s bama teams all share some common triats. They don’t get fancy with gameplans...they don’t try to out scheme or out think you...they do not throw for ungodly pass yards. Their style does not get them on highlight reels.

What they do is execute....time after time..play after play. They do not miss blocks, tackles, coverages, run gaps, or reads. They do not get stupid 15 yard penalties. They do not showboat. They out work and out execute you....until the brutal beating both of their lines have been putting on the other team starts really taking effect late in the game...then they finish you off.

I aint saying Oregon or ND can’t beat Bama....I’m saying it’s a very low percentage bet to think so.
But y’all kepp thinking like you do....daddy needs some extra cash for the new nikon and a kayak funds.


25 posted on 11/05/2012 12:44:15 AM PST by Vigilantcitizen (Dave Mustaine for president.)
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To: eyedigress

Thank you.


26 posted on 11/05/2012 6:16:22 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: nd76

Man, you don’t have to be anti-catholic to hate Notre Dame.


27 posted on 11/05/2012 6:20:00 AM PST by chesley (Vast deserts of political ignorance makes liberalism possible - James Lewis)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Awwwww boooooo whooooooooo! Finaly a good season for the Irish and the masses and media can not stand it. Go IRISH!


28 posted on 11/05/2012 6:28:11 AM PST by Moleman
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To: Alaska Wolf

Oregon dropped Boise State after losing to them. Rinky dink Boise State. Oregon scared of them.


29 posted on 11/05/2012 7:52:07 AM PST by NKP_Vet
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To: NKP_Vet
Rinky dink Boise State.

There is absolutely nothing "Rinky dink" about Boise State football. The mighty Oklahoma Sooners can attest to that. I believe many teams schedule one time home and home games with non-conference opponents.

30 posted on 11/05/2012 11:34:06 AM PST by Alaska Wolf (Trained by English Setters)
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