Huge Gator fan here, watched every game this season.
1. They had a shot at playing Alabama for the national title if ND lost to USC because their strength of schedule was among the best in the country and they had 4 wins against top 12 teams. No one else had close to that. If they had beaten Georgia, they would have been in almost for sure. @stommped: UF lost to UGa on a neutral field in a close game. They play that game 10 times, it probably goes 5-5. It didn't factor into the voter's decisions much. This is what happens when you vote on champions instead of playing it out on the field.
2. Florida's defense was dominant. They might have been the best in the country. The offense just wasn't as good, and it showed in every game where the team played poorly. The offense constantly put the defense in bad spots and Muschamp got maddeningly conservative with the plays because it just seemed like our QB couldn't handle much else. I have confidence that side of the ball will improve next year with more reps.
3. They lost to Louisville because the Cardinals showed up to play and they didn't. That game was over in the first 10 minutes. Louisville had something to prove, were clearly pissed that everyone was basically comparing them to NIU and claiming they didn't even belong in a BCS game (which they arguably didn't even though they ended up winning. Same as the 7-9 Seahawks shouldn't have made the playoffs even though they won a game.) The Gators were let down by not playing for the championship and couldn't care less about that game. They played terribly. I stopped watching, it was so bad. I can live with a loss, but not a complete and utter lack of effort. Really pissed me off. I knew as it was happening that people were going to use that as a "lol overrated SEC" argument. The only people that think that are fans of teams in other conferences that can't think rationally. You don't accidentally win that many national titles in a row. It actually works against them now. If the voters could have found any way at all to put a team in over Alabama, you can be damn sure they would have.
I'm more worried about TAMU tonight. I don't know anything about Oklahoma.
Right now the PAC-12, SEC, and Big 12 are all at .500, with the Big 12 having one game left, and the SEC two. I'd say that's pretty even.
A Notre Dame loss to USC was the primary ingredient required for that scenario. Florida finished a solid #2 in the computer rankings as is based upon those merits. Had USC won, all hell would have broken loose; Oregon likely wouldn't have been able to catch up in the final BCS standings even with a lot of voter lobbying. Part of me wishes I could see all the fallout in that alternate reality.
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OU had a tough time with Baylor, barely squeaked past WV and Okie State, and still experienced frustrations against TCU to close out the season. They haven't faced a team as well-balanced as A&M, much as it pains me to give them props. Naturally the focus is on Manziel, but the Aggies run well too, and Oklahoma's rushing defense is not good. Barring some inexplicable meltdown or aberration, I think OU's in for a really long night.
I just love how this commentator doesn't even know what the hell defensive holding. Thinking you can "manhandle them" as long as the ball's not in the air. What an idiot.
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"Oklahoma's defense did a good job despite 14 points."
No they didn't. Their offense did a good job keeping Manziel off the field, notice the number of plays of each team in the first half and time of possession. This commentator gets dumber and dumber.
I was so relieved when ESPN got the BCS rights back a few years ago. FOX coverage of CFB is and has been terrible. It's like they go out of their way to hire the worst possible studio and broadcast personnel and try compensate for it by parading Erin Andrews around.
A&M was pretty sloppy in the first half; for a while I thought they were going to kill themselves with penalties and blown assignments. Whatever happened at halftime must've been interesting though since the team I expected actually showed up in the second half.
Only thing that keeps me confident is that I watched Notre Dame play a decent bit this year. I was never impressed and still think that they skated in, but ugly wins still count.
After matching their win total over the course of the previous two seasons, I guess Ole Miss fans were eager to get out and take in a bowl game this year. The relatively short drive to Birmingham helps I'm sure, but that's still a pretty decent showing.
BBVA Compass Bowl draws an announced crowd of 59,135, outdrawing the Sugar Bowl
Kudos to Chip Kelly for not pulling a Pete Carroll.
Here at last, the national championship
all day ive been telling myself "dont pick Alabama because of your great hate towards Notre Dame"
So after carefully not being a jerk about it (and the uncontrollable bias anyway), I still stick with Bama to win tonight. 27-17
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Meanwhile, as we count down to the game... I don't think I've ever actually typed this before, but under the circumstances: Roll Tide!
I am fairly surprised at how little I give a shit about this game. I honestly don't even feel like watching it. You know what would be super? If the NCAA played the game less than a month and a half after the fucking season ended. I have no horses in this race. I hate both teams about equally.
Radio and TV would love for ND to win it would be non stop talk till Sunday. If Alabama wins like 21-0 it won't even tilt the ratings nobody will care because it's expected.
@Conscript Do you like any SEC teams lol also I agree they should not have to wait 2 months to play the game and they should cut down the number of bowl games by like half.
I don't think Notre Dame will remain irrelevant just because they lose. I'm not sure why people (not here) keep insinuating that.
So, I'm sure I've bitched about this before, but why the hell does ESPN3 even exist? Who would watch the game on their computer instead of on their TV, when they are required to have freaking cable TV to watch ESPN3?