BCS Championship Game Preview And Where To Watch Online Live Stream: No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide
When the final horn sounded to signal the end of last year’s BCS title game, dozens of schools began setting their sights on raising the crystal ball after the 2012 season.
Locking up recruits for signing day, spring practices, off season workouts, summer programs and a grueling fall 2-a-day schedule all happen for one reason, to try and put together a team to earn the right to play for a national championship.
A three month season of ups and downs eliminates all but two teams who have earned the right to play for an opportunity to call themselves the champion.
That’s where we are.
Number 1 Notre Dame vs. Number 2 Alabama, two of the most prestigious and storied programs in all of college football. Together, they have 25 combined national championships. The script writers for the BCS title game couldn’t have written a better screenplay.
Reports are surfacing that Chip Kelly has spurned the NFL to stay at Oregon.
There are some “experts” in the football world who are rumbling that Kelly needs to fish or cut bait, so to speak. These experts say that he shouldn’t flirt with the NFL so much if he isn’t going to go. That he will hurt the Oregon program in recruiting, providing ammunition for opposing coaches to use against him with prospects. That it puts the program in flux, not knowing from year to year whether or not their head coach will stay or leave.
Ask any coach in major college football or NFL, and they will tell you that you only have leverage so many times in your career and you better use it when you have it. (Look no further than Les Miles “flirting” with Arkansas. He was NEVER going to Arkansas, but he got himself and his staff hearty raises and extra years on their contracts. Think he would have gotten all that had he waited until after the Chic-Fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson?)
In an age where a coach’s job security is as secure as whether or not they won their last game, coaches are moving and changing jobs at a pace that would give Jeff Gordon motion sickness.
It’s not a slam dunk or a sure thing or whatever hip vernacular is used these days to get across a “done deal.”
No, all of us can talk whatever trash we want about what will happen in tonight’s BCS Championship Game at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium, and really, truly believe every frothing-at-the-mouth syllable we utter. But, fact is, we don’t know for sure just how things will go down when No. 1 Notre Dame squares off with No. 2 Alabama for all the college football marbles – and accolades and a big, cheesy trophy.
Nothing is guaranteed. Not when it comes teams playing at this level. Not when both have been battled-tested throughout the fall, and not when both can boast rosters filled with some of the best individual talent in the nation.
Evenly matched? That’s hard to say. We could do enough comparison shopping to make moms at Christmas seem like novices.
Yeah, Alabama has the more recent history of unparalleled success, and that Southeastern Conference pedigree. It has national titles in 2009 and last season. It is, and probably should be, the favorite in this one. However…
Cotton Bowl Preview And Where To Watch Online: The Texas A&M Aggies And Johnny Manziel Take On The Oklahoma Sooners.
There are probably not two teams in the country who feel like they have more to prove than the two teams that are squaring off in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Friday.
Although the Cotton Bowl is a highly respected and highly desirable bowl game to play in, the fact remains it is not one of the coveted BCS bowls. So on Friday night when the Texas A&M Aggies and Oklahoma Sooners meet, they will each look to prove that they should have been one of the teams invited to a BCS bowl game.
They better be careful. If they are going to say it, they better back it up. Will Muschamp spent all month leading up to the Sugar Bowl saying that his Florida team should have been playing for the National Championship. They had an opportunity to prove it to the college football world against Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, and they failed. Miserably.
Note to Aggies and Sooners: If you feel like you have something to prove to the naysayers, you better back it up and make a case for your argument.
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In this, Year 15 of the Bowl Championship Series, it has become abundantly clear that an alternative to the old-school bowl system, save for a true college football playoff, rates up there with watching paint dry or whatever godawful reality TV series happens to be trending.
The BCS is a failure. Always has been, always will be. It’s just too obvious to excuse anymore.
Influenced by the mutated, self-serving way that only power-hungry, control freak-crazy individuals, these being the leaders from the cash-cow conferences, can be, what has evolved … is a classic example of devolving.
In short, interest in the sport’s postseason has waned, not gained.
Tickets purchased to them or not, bowl games are not being attended anywhere near capacity levels. The empty seats at the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night were embarrassing and they were an improvement from the tumbleweeds blowing through the upper deck at the Orange Bowl the night before.