Congratulations to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on capping an undefeated regular season. While I’m sincere in offering that congratulations, here’s a question for you, college football fans:
Do you believe Notre Dame is really the best team in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision competition?
Of course not. Not unless you’re a Notre Dame alumni, a resident of South Bend, Indiana, or a die hard fan who only watches Notre Dame football.
I certainly won’t be making any friends of Notre Dame fans for stating the following, but Notre Dame, even at 12-0, does not deserve a shot at the BCS National Title.
Let’s analyze this, so our fellow golden hats can see the light.
Notre Dame is a conference independent. This means it chooses which teams it wants to play and when it wants to play them. The Irish played three formidable opponents out of 12 games: Stanford, Oklahoma and USC — a 7-4 Trojans squad without Matt Barkley.
The teams Notre Dame played in between these formidable foes: cream puffs. A good win over an absurdly overrated Michigan State team? bust out the champagne. A 7-point win over Michigan? We all remember what Alabama did to Michigan. Wins over the colossal disappointment (and NCAA-sanctioned) Miami, Wake Forest, Boston College and, lest we forget, the triple overtime victory vs. Pitt? Not exactly wins that set the college football world on fire.
So, I beg, where are the real opponents? Not one SEC opponent on the schedule. Not even Vanderbilt, Kentucky or Tennessee. Obviously, Notre Dame is hesitant to schedule one of the top squads — that’s understandable. But no legitimate ACC team on the schedule, either? Surely Florida State would have loved a battle of golden hats. I’m sad that the Irish didn’t even schedule Louisville — a school bordering its own home state.
When I look through the BCS Top 10 and see six SEC squads in the mix, all of which would be favorites in head to head match-ups with Notre Dame, I refuse to buy the Fighting Irish as a legitimate No. 1. Maybe No. 3. If Notre Dame played in an actual BCS conference, then by all means put them on the temporary throne. Even if Notre Dame played in the Big (L)East Conference, I’d sing a different tune. But for an independent? Never. No Navy, Army, BYU or Notre Dame. Join a conference, already!
Do you know why all the coaches are voting Notre Dame No. 1? Because they believe the Fighting Irish to be the best team in FBS? Let’s not be naive. It’s strategy, folks. No coach outside of the SEC wants see another All-SEC championship game. There is only one way to make that happen — ensure Notre Dame is playing the final game of the season.
Have fun in Miami, Notre Dame fans. It has been too long since we’ve heard the Victory March on a grand stage. I mean that sincerely. Brian Kelly is a solid football mind and you’ll enjoy the first quarter-plus. But once the scripts are set aside, and play becomes about adapting between the lines, this game will crown the SEC for a 7th straight title.
Am I wrong? Let’s hear some opposition.