Prediction: ‘Bama over ND in BCS title game
It’s that time of year again. When turkeys begin to get plucked from their farms, when apple cider never tasted better, and when the going gets rough, the men distanced themselves from the boys. One man in particular proved his manhood Nov. 3 when he commandeered his offense in the waning minutes to win in one of the motile hostile environments in college football.
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That man was junior quarterback A.J. McCarron of the Alabama Crimson Tide. With the win over No. 5 LSU (at the time), the 6 foot 4 quarterback secured Alabama’s position as not only the best team in the SEC, but also as the best team in the country.
In the coming weeks, college football teams will either make their case as one of the best teams in the land, or they will fall from the national radar. It is my job to tell you just exactly who these teams are.
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide, simply put, will win it all. Again. Head coach Nick Saban is a genius behind the clipboard, and he is working with a scarily good quarterback (McCarron), the best offensive line in the nation and a defense that only a mother and Coach Saban would love. Their challenger in the championship game: this is where things get interesting.
As it stands right now, there are three likely teams capable of making it to the game due to their undefeated schedules and strength of opponents. These teams are No. 2 Kansas State, No. 3 Oregon, and No. 4 Notre Dame.
My prediction: Notre Dame wins out and makes it to the BCS Championship Game only to get rolled over by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here’s why:
Kansas State: Okay, these guys are good, but they are beatable. With the recent injury to Heisman trophy candidate Collin Klein, depending on how long he is out for, could run into big trouble come on the road against a scrappy TCU team. I predict KSU loses this game by single digits (double if Klein is out), and for the Wildcats to wind up in the Fiesta Bowl in January.
Even though the Oregon Ducks have been flying over opponents, their schedule looks a lot tougher coming up. While I think they are deserving of the No. 2 team in the country, expect head coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks’ defense to be upset Nov. 17 against No. 14 Stanford in Eugene, OR, or for the No. 11 Oregon State Beavers to ruin the Ducks’ perfect season on Nov. 24 at Oregon State.
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This brings me to Notre Dame. Even though the Irish almost had a mega scare Nov. 3 in South Bend, Ind., against the Pittsburgh Panthers, no one can seem to score on the Irish’s impeccable defense. Down the stretch, Notre Dame faces a horrid Boston College team, your very own Wake Forest (all at home), before travelling to Los Angeles to take on the No. 19 USC Trojans.
Like every year, USC is overrated. This is a team that has lost three times this season and will have their fourth when the Irish come to town. While I’d love to see either Boston College or especially Wake Forest take down the Irish in front of Touchdown Jesus, it ain’t gonna happen. Just like ‘Bama losing at all this year. It ain’t gonna happen. The Crimson will walk away with another consecutive title this year.
This mayhem is why we love college football. You better buckle up.