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Saturday, December 28 College Bowl Results: Irish and Tar Heels Roll


Shayn Roby’s Take: The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and North Carolina Tarheels both ended their seasons on a positive note. The Tar Heels steamrolled the Cincinnati Bearcats by 22 points, while Notre Dame won a decisive, but closer decision with a 29-16 win over the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Pinstripe Bowl

New York, New York

Notre Dame 29    Rutgers 16

Belk Bowl

Charlotte, North Carolina

North Carolina 39  Cincinnati 17

Russell Athletic Bowl

Orlando, Florida

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Five things we learned: Notre Dame 28, Temple 6


Shayn Roby’s Take: Notre Dame won a glorified scrimmage 28-6 over Temple. It’s performance against Temple, still was leagues away from the Alabama domination of Virginia Tech. Irish fans shouldn’t expect another national title coming to South Bend anytime soon.

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The game ball for head coach Brian Kelly’s 200th career victory will likely find a place on the bookshelf. But there wasn’t much memorable about the Irish’s 28-6 win over Temple. But on a day where the Irish put up 543 yards of offense and managed to get ten freshmen their first taste of college football, that might just be a sign of how far the Irish football program has come under the fourth-year head coach.

On a day where Notre Dame and Kelly finalized a long-discussed contract extension, the Irish jumped out to a quick start, faltered a bit in the second quarter, but did enough to stay comfortably out in front of a game but overmatched Temple squad visiting South Bend for the first time.

Considering the way Notre Dame last opened a season at home (a shocking 23-20 loss to Skip Holtz’s…

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Who Deserves to Play in BCS Title Game?….By the Numbers.


Before these numbers are released, first a disclaimer must be given.  Notre Dame is undefeated and therefore, by moral sports reasoning and ethical consideration, DOES deserve to play for the BCS National Championship in football.  They defeated Pac-12 leader Stanford and beat Oklahoma:  the 2nd place team in the Big 12, which at least statistically is the top league in the country.

Running back Theo Riddick helped Notre Dame beat USC 22-13 to claim a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

Running back Theo Riddick helped Notre Dame beat USC 22-13 to claim a spot in the BCS National Championship game.

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Yesterday, Notre Dame claimed one of the two spots in the BCS title game by beating USC 22-13 and finishing its season with a perfect 12-0 mark.  Both Alabama and Georgia also moved  one step closer to claiming the other remaining slot in the National Championship game.  The Crimson Tide spanked Iron Bowl rival Auburn 49-0, while Georgia beat up on weak ACC stepbrother Georgia Tech 42-10.  Notre Dame’s victory over Southern Cal made Florida’s victory over ACC (Almost Competitive Conference) co-leader Florida State irrelevant with respect to the BCS National Championship game.

When one loss teams play for national title games that are void of a playoff system of qualification for said game, there is often controversy about which one loss team is worthy to face the undefeated team.  The reality of the situation is that the winner of the Alabama/ Georgia game to determine the SEC Champion will also be the game that determines who claims the remaining spot in the BCS National Championship game.  Below is a composite score for each team that might have a legitimate argument for appearing in the big game that uses a formula that is composed of a hiearchy that uses point differentials, results of non-conference games, and conference standings as a point of reference.

1. Alabama:  Composite Score of 31.73

2. Oregon:  Composite Score of 30.39

3. Georgia:  Compostie Score of 23.92

4. Kansas St.: Composite Score of 21.82

5. Notre Dame: Composite Score of 16.2

6. Florida:  Composite Score of 15.64

7. Ohio St.: Composite Score of 15.12 (On probation and not eligible for post-season)

8. Stanford: Composite Score of 13.13 (Two losses, but playing for Pac-12 Title)

These composite scores were arrived at by using winning percentages of conferences during the season.

1. Big 12:  0.867                      7. WAC:  0.537

2. SEC: 0.857                          8. MAC: 0.500

3. Big 10: 0.708                      9. Sun Belt: 0.425

4. Pac 12: 0.686                     10. MWC: 0.414

5. Big East: 0.641                   11. CUSA: 0.250

6.  ACC: 0.571

For those that crow about the SEC being in another BCS title game, the conference has yet to lose one since the current BCS format was adopted in 1998.  Just as Notre Dame is in the big game because they are unbeaten, when there is a doubt the SEC champion should get the nod. In championship games under the current format the SEC is UNBEATEN.  Just like on the basketball court in the neighborhood, WINNER STAYS UP.