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Alabama, Notre Dame headed to BCS championship

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Okay, now it’s official.

The BCS championship will, as expected, be played between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama. The Irish secured their berth last week with a win over USC, and the Tide defeated Georgia in the SEC championship game Saturday night.

Florida finishes at No. 3 in the BCS standings and are guaranteed an automatic bid to a BCS game. Oregon comes in at No. 4 and Kansas State rounds out the top five. Stanford jumps up to No. 6 and Georgia drops down to No. 7. The SEC finishes out the BCS top 10 with LSU, Texas A&M and South Carolina.

Northern Illinois, as was reported earlier today, jumped up to No. 15 and will go to the Orange Bowl to face No. 12 Florida State. That means Oklahoma will not be going to the Sugar Bowl to face the Gators.

Below are the five BCS bowl games to be played this January:

BCS championship game: No.1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama
Fiesta Bowl: No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State
Orange Bowl: No. 12 Florida State vs. No. 15 Northern Illinois
Rose Bowl: No. 6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin
Sugar Bowl: No. 3 Florida vs. No. 21 Louisville

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50 Responses to “Alabama, Notre Dame headed to BCS championship”
  1. dmcgrann says: Dec 2, 2012 8:53 PM

    Just to me, the Sugar is the one that has the least appeal. The others have apparently equal teams, Tradition, or a Cinderella aspect ande are more compelling. The Sugar looks like a SEC beatdown of a Big East school.

  2. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 8:54 PM

    The orange bowl and sugar bowl look to be jokes this year. Sad cause OK, Clem, and others would have made far better games and IMO are better teams than NIU and Louis.

  3. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:01 PM

    I want a 8 team playoff. 5 big conference champions and 3 at-large teams who are the best of the non conference champs. No more Mega U vs Mainstreet High garbage.

  4. buckeye044 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:03 PM

    MACtion!!

  5. nepo784 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:03 PM

    It’s a fckn joke, NIU is a BSC team

  6. grendelg says: Dec 2, 2012 9:03 PM

    Stanford and K State have no place above UGA, LSU, TAM, or South Carolina. Florida moves up because they lost their conference? UGA gets stuck playing Nebraska who got blown out by unranked Wisconsin?

    The BCS is BS.

  7. deadeye says: Dec 2, 2012 9:06 PM

    Oregon / K-state has the makings of being the most exciting bowl game. Notre Dame / Alabama will be a slugfest.

    ND – 13
    Bama – 23

  8. grendelg says: Dec 2, 2012 9:09 PM

    It’s good to have Oregon and K-State play because the Arena leagues can just send their scouts to one place.

  9. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 2, 2012 9:11 PM

    “Saban has a month to prepare”

    blah blah blah.

    He doesn’t play in the game. Alabama won’t do anything drastically different scheme wise anyways.

    They will pound the 2-headed RB duo behind 3 first team all american OLinemen, AJ will work downfield out of playaction and the defense will do their best to make ND one dimensional.

    SURPRISE !!!???

    Besides the more time gives ND the edge with a freshmen QB to work with Brian Kelly to divise how to use Golsons mobility like A&M did against alabama

  10. cometkazie says: Dec 2, 2012 9:12 PM

    I wonder if ND next year will be like OkSU this year? A stellar year followed by a pedestrian year.

  11. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 9:12 PM

    NIU don’t belong this year. Its one thing when a non aq deserves it, but NIU don’t this year. Look at the teams left out: Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, TAMU, CLEMSON, USCe.

    Proud of Bama, proud of all 6 SEC teams in the top 10.

  12. sd1024 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:17 PM

    Who wouldnt want to watch Teddy Bridgewater? If your team needs a QB, you should be paying attention to him in the event they wait till 2014 for one. You guys are silly front-runners.

  13. ronin262 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:17 PM

    Hey Grendelg, that Arena League comment deserves 1,000 thumbs up!

  14. ronin262 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:19 PM

    Teddy Bridgewater? He’s Byron Leftwich all over again. Hardly a top QB the NFL should be excited about.

  15. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:20 PM

    Talentwise ND will be better next year but its hard to replace the senior leadership of Teo, KLM, Eifert, and maybe Martin.

  16. larrybrown43 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:20 PM

    I’m going to make sure to watch none of these all unimportant games; except for the championship game.

  17. sd1024 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:23 PM

    Ronin- you know nothing about scouting. He isnt remotely ballpark to Leftwich. Leftwich is 250 pounds and a double chin..a stationary target with the slowest over-the-top delivery known to man til Tebow arrived. Teddy is 215, mobike and has a quick release. Worst “analysis” ever. Watch some games or dont comment!

  18. thefiesty1 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:29 PM

    NIU and Louisville have NO business in ANY major bowl. The Sugar and Orange are both going to be sorely disappointed with the fans and TV ratings this year. Those schools don’t have the alumni to sell their ticket allotment and don’t stand a chance to win either of their games. The BcS has proven again that it really is BS.

  19. gatorprof says: Dec 2, 2012 9:31 PM

    Bama is going to flat out destroy ND. No way ND can play 4 quarters with Bama’s OL. There isn’t enough depth up front to withstand 50+ rushing attempts from that OL. They will give up 300+ on the ground and just cannot score enough points to make this competitive.

    The playoff era cannot come quickly enough. The BCS is a joke when NIU gets in over UGA, TAMU, LSU, etc. How does a 5 loss, unranked Wisc justify itself? There are probably 15 teams more deserving.

    I guess the only game that should be competitive is K-State vs. Oregon. Good game if you like offense and don’t focus on the poor defenses. All others appear to be epic mismatches.

  20. scalpemseminoles says: Dec 2, 2012 9:32 PM

    it should have been florida v florida st and louisville vs no. ill

  21. barbeaux says: Dec 2, 2012 9:33 PM

    The bowl financials are ruining the integrity and sportsmanship of the top division of college football. We need a 16 team playoff or at least break the top division into a set of conferences with equal numbers of teams and have the conference champions make it to a playoff. The rankings and bowls are all a sham. The college that I went to had playoffs, and it worked very well.

  22. winkandthegun says: Dec 2, 2012 9:37 PM

    I’m not sure why Georgia is getting the shaft. They were the #3 team, came within a pubic hair of beating the #2 team – yet somehow this means they should drop out of the BCS bowls? I don’t think they should’ve even dropped out of the top 4.

  23. 35longmiles says: Dec 2, 2012 9:50 PM

    scalpemseminoles says:
    Dec 2, 2012 9:32 PM
    it should have been florida v florida st and louisville vs no. ill

    Florida beat the Noles like a cheap rug once already. Why on earth would we want to see that mismatch again?

  24. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 9:51 PM

    Well at least some of the smaller bowls should have some good teams playing in them.

  25. grendelg says: Dec 2, 2012 10:02 PM

    The problem is that some of these bowls have traditional ties to conferences that just aren’t good anymore. The Big 10 with 8-5 Wisconsin pounding down Nebraska comes to mind. Once upon a time that was a solid conference, but no more. The ACC isn’t what it used to be. Basically the SEC and Oregon are the only ones you can pencil into the top 10 every year (even through they keep putting USCal up there).

  26. dgbk says: Dec 2, 2012 10:04 PM

    come on guys u know why bridgewater remind him of leftwhich…..it’s cause they have the same barber…

    ga fans or ppl who dont like the gators should be quiet… everyone was aware the outcome before the sec championship… bama would of dropped as well…thats why saban was campaigning before the game just incase his team lost…. gators earned their sugar bowl bid…

  27. dmcgrann says: Dec 2, 2012 10:04 PM

    barbeaux said:

    “The bowl financials are ruining the integrity and sportsmanship of the top division of college football. ”
    __________________
    I wouldn’t say “are”, but “have”.
    __________________________________

    “We need a 16 team playoff or at least break the top division into a set of conferences with equal numbers of teams and have the conference champions make it to a playoff. ”
    __________________________________

    That still wouldn’t please the big conferences. FCS has 20 teams in their playoff, and at least four teams got “screwed” out of a playoff berth – some more than others – it’s subjective. When FCS goes to a 24 team playoff next year, there will still be a lot of bitching about who got in and who didn’t.

    The problem with a FBS playoff system is that the SEC. Big 12, Big 10, Pac 12, ACC, or whoever will push too hard to have a guaranteed number of playoff spots for their teams. Same as with the BCS.

    The proposed BCS four-team playoff is that it’s still dependent on rankings, and the rankings work against teams that aren’t in the SEC, PAC12, Big12, Big10, or even ACC. The other schools are on “sneak-in” status.

  28. Deb says: Dec 2, 2012 10:05 PM

    Can’t wait for the Bama/Notre Dame matchup!! As for the other bowls … what a shame they couldn’t choose more competitive opponents for Florida and Stanford! And I know this thing is governed by conference, but it’s a shame LSU or Georgia couldn’t have gotten into the Orange Bowl. So what if they’re in the SEC. Shouldn’t this be about the best teams, regardless of conference? This bit about insisting all the conferences be represented is like insisting all the kids get a trophy no matter how sucky they play. The biggest bowls should feature the top 10 teams in the most even matchups possible.

  29. wustlumdnj says: Dec 2, 2012 10:09 PM

    Worst Orange Bowl Ever

  30. kiopta1 says: Dec 2, 2012 10:14 PM

    The Nat Champ game is the Hater bowl cause you either hate the SEC/Bama, hate ND, or Hate both.

  31. watchfullhose says: Dec 2, 2012 10:20 PM

    Excluding the nc game, Every single bowl matchup sucks! I’m not even interested in any of this crap!

  32. rollteal says: Dec 2, 2012 10:25 PM

    I’m so disappointed in the orange bowl I wanted OU or Texas A&M or someone.

  33. normtide says: Dec 2, 2012 11:03 PM

    Chik-fillet bowl really won out. Clemson and LSU should both be in better bowls.

  34. frug says: Dec 2, 2012 11:19 PM

    For those wondering, based on what we know about the new system this is what the bowls might look like under the 2014 rules assuming the Fiesta and Cotton Bowls were used as playoff semifinals

    Fiesta: ND-Oregon
    Cotton: ‘Bama-Florida

    Rose: Stanford-Wiscy
    Sugar: Georgia-Kansas St.
    Orange: FSU-LSU
    CFA: Texas A&M-NIU

    The Rose Bowl gets its traditional tie ins, Georgia gets the SEC spot opposite Big XII champ in the Sugar, the Orange Bowl gets the highest rated available SEC/B1G/ND team (LSU in this case) against ACC champ and Peach gets stuck with NIU (highest rated team from the Group of 5) and Texas A&M (top rated remaining team)

  35. frug says: Dec 2, 2012 11:20 PM

    When I said Peach at the end I was referring to the Chick-fil-A Bowl (its new name)

  36. grendelg says: Dec 2, 2012 11:24 PM

    Wow, that sounds SOOOO much better. Those would be excellent games and really answer some questions about who’s good.

  37. barbeaux says: Dec 2, 2012 11:24 PM

    ^those would be epic games

  38. steincj36 says: Dec 2, 2012 11:47 PM

    UGA 67th rush defense

    ND 5th rush defense

    Bama’s going to run over ND more than UGA? Not likely.

  39. barbeaux says: Dec 3, 2012 12:02 AM

    @steincj36, 5th rush defense about what rank offenses in conjunction with wheat ranked defenses? Unfortunately, it’s all subjective. We’ll only know when the game is played.

  40. raysfan1 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:57 AM

    Okay, I predicted last night NIU would not get into the BCS. I underestimated the amount the computer rankings would change. I guess I was Wr-wr-wr…not right. Oh well. Congrats to NIU.

  41. kcrobert10 says: Dec 3, 2012 12:58 AM

    Ok I think the national championship game, the rose and the fiesta bowls are great match ups. Now the others are turds. I’m sorry it should be Oklahoma in the suger and Louisville I guess should be in the Orange. I would prefer Georgia but some dumb rule doesn’t allow us more than 2 of the best teams from the best conference. I expect the sec to win most of there match ups and hate to rain on the big 12s parade but I expect them to have a rough run again this year.

  42. frug says: Dec 3, 2012 1:35 AM

    Looking back at my predictions, I actually think that the playoff committee might switch Florida and Georgia, on the count of Georgia’s head to head win, and the fact they had to play an extra game (a nail biter against the #2 team).

  43. florida727 says: Dec 3, 2012 7:33 AM

    I’m disappointed. Normally I’d be excited to see Florida playing in a BCS game. Not this time. I doubt Louisville will even give the Gators much of a game, assuming UF shows up. Louisville is ranked TWENTY FIRST (#21). Heck, as recently as last week they weren’t even ranked! After playing teams such as LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida State, all teams ranked in the top 12, Muschamp’s biggest challenge will be to make sure his team takes the game seriously. This is no way to end a season.

    Equally disappointing is Florida State playing Northern Illinois. NIU is a nice story and their fans should be thrilled, but does anyone (at least anyone outside DeKalb, IL) actually see this as a “must watch” game? If I’m a Seminoles fan, I feel about the same as a Gators fan… cheated.

    I feel particularly bad for Georgia fans. As much as I love Florida, UGA deserves to be playing in a BCS game ahead of us. They beat us, and they were 4 yards shy of playing for a crystal football. How can any bowl selection process overlook them (yeah, I know, some idiotic rule about a conference only being able to have 2 teams in BCS games, whatever…)? They get screwed because they lost to the #2 team in the country by 4 points? Sorry, that’s just plain wrong.

    This is the exact reason why the BCS gets vilified in the media: these are supposed to be the elite games to wrap up the season, and instead we get 2 ‘dog games’ in the Orange and Sugar bowls. I guess I understand now, more than ever, why John Taylor always types the letters “BcS” with the middle letter in lower case type… to highlight what this organization really stands for.

  44. grendelg says: Dec 3, 2012 9:18 AM

    That post deserves 1000 up votes. The whole bowl season is gonna be a bust. As much as I think ND is going to be outmatched, it’s much closer than most of these will be. I’m hoping UF, UGA, FSU, etc. all run up the score and win by 50+ each.

  45. cometkazie says: Dec 3, 2012 2:21 PM

    Oh, boy.

    We still have over a month to go.

    Too bad we don’t have a program that diverts bloviating posts to the garbage can.

  46. spudchukar says: Dec 3, 2012 3:45 PM

    Once again Boise State gets no love. But it is a rebuilding year and the loss to a tough and underrated San Diego St. cost the school dearly. That said the so called outrage over the inclusion of NIU, while honestly debatable reeks of hypocritical thought.

    What troubles me the most is the lack of comparable complaints over a 5 loss team and an unranked team playing in a BCS game.

    Kirk Herbstreet, who I usually like, and others need to be reminded that we should not judge teams on their purported success but on their actual success, otherwise there is no reason to play the games.

    schedule, neith

  47. bbeaman78 says: Dec 4, 2012 1:15 AM

    The Orange Bowl should have rebelled and took a deserving AQ school!

  48. waynefontes says: Dec 4, 2012 11:15 AM

    florida727 says:
    Dec 3, 2012 7:33 AM

    I feel particularly bad for Georgia fans. As much as I love Florida, UGA deserves to be playing in a BCS game ahead of us. They beat us, and they were 4 yards shy of playing for a crystal football. How can any bowl selection process overlook them (yeah, I know, some idiotic rule about a conference only being able to have 2 teams in BCS games, whatever…)? They get screwed because they lost to the #2 team in the country by 4 points? Sorry, that’s just plain wrong.
    ————————————————–

    I respect your opinion, but it’s hard for me to feel sorry for a team that was a garbage touchdown against second stringers shy of losing by five touchdowns. That’s not a BCS caliber team.

    South Carolina didn’t beat them, they emasculated them. 35-7. The only reason Georgia won the East is that they had the easiest schedule against the West. Georgia had the luxury of not playing LSU, Alabama or Miss State this year.

    Just like always, you could count on Mark Richt and Aaron Murray to come up just short when it means the most. Some things never change.

  49. waynefontes says: Dec 4, 2012 11:18 AM

    They also didn’t play Texas A&M. They won one big game and got destroyed in another. Even though Florida lost to Georgia, their resume is a hell of a lot more impressive.

  50. chillyphil73 says: Dec 6, 2012 4:48 AM

    frug says:
    Dec 2, 2012 11:19pm

    Fiesta: ND vs. Oregon
    Cotton: Bama vs. Florida

    Keep in mind that the #1 team plays #4 and that #2 plays #3. With this in mind, it would have been:

    Fiesta: ND vs. Florida
    Cotton: Bama vs. Oregon

    This would still allow for the possibility of two SEC teams playing for the Nat’l Championship. I think that the way that Florida is playing right now, they may be the hottest team in the nation right now. They’ve been playing with a chip on their shoulder every since their coach lambasted them for their play against Georgia. They’re physical on both sides of the ball and have a stellar run game too. I believe that on a neutral field, they’d beat ND. As for Bama vs. Oregon, well, if you give Nick Saban a month to game plan and practice against a team- look out! Last years title game is a prime example. They completely frustrated, out played, out schemed, and out classed LSU. Also, having the Texas A&M game tape to roast his players over, would give them a road map of what to watch for and what they could’ve done better. I think that Texas A&M is the BEST spread offense team in the country- period! Yes, even better than Oregon, because no one- except maybe Florida- was playing at a higher level at the end of the season.

    steincj36 says:
    Dec 2, 2012 11:47pm

    Georgia 67th rush defense.
    ND 5th rush defense.

    Bama’s going to run over ND more than UGA? Not likely.

    I say, “Hell, yes! Very likely indeed.” First of all, by their own admission-as well as everyone else’s too- UGA was playing very poor defensively the first 4 games or so. If not for Murray and Gurley and the rest of the offense, they would’ve lost more games. They called a players only meeting after Coach Richt called them out in a post game speech, and the rest of the season Jarvis Jones, Bacarri Rambo, & company looked like one of the top ten defenses everyone expected them to be. With the exception of Bama, who runs over EVERYONE they play, no one was able to constantly run on their defense after their loss to South Carolina. Bama’s O-line is THE BEST in college football- bar none! ND has played mediocre teams at best all season, with the possible exception of Stanford(who should’ve won by the way). Stanford was able to march up and down the field on ND at will. If not for a key turnover late in the game and playing conservative with the lead at the end of the fourth quarter, they would’ve won their game against ND. If you think Stanford’s line gave ND problems, wait till you see what Bama’s does. Also, they have problems with lots of team speed. USC, even without Barkley at QB, played ND very tough and their receivers and running backs gave ND fits all game. Asbig and physical as they are, Bama also has a lot of team speed too. In short, ND is in deep trouble and they’re going to get their butts kicked by the big boys of football whom they never schedule- the SEC!

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