For what seems like forever, the BCS national championship game has been a one-sided romp by a team from the undisputed best conference in the country, the SEC.
On Monday night, it was Alabama winning its second straight title and third in four years by embarrassing Notre Dame 42-14 in a game that wasn’t even as close as that lopsided score would indicate.
Discounting last year’s title game, when Alabama and LSU played each other, the last six BCS championship games—all won by the SEC—have gone down by an average score of 34-17. It was a lackluster ending to the season, again.
As great as the Notre Dame story line was going into the game, it’s obvious these two teams could play 100 times and Alabama would win 101 of them. This game was over quickly.
Alabama took the opening kickoff and went 82 yards in five plays for a 7-0 lead. It felt an awful lot like Mike Tyson bringing the hammer down on Michael Spinks in just 91 seconds to win the heavyweight title all those years ago.
It was 21-0 after one play in the second quarter. It was 35-0 after Alabama’s first possession of the second half. Notre Dame’s defense was simply overmatched.
The Fighting Irish won this year because it ran the ball and stopped the run. Notre Dame went down Monday night because it couldn’t and didn’t. The BCS will inaugurate its four-team playoff after the 2014 season, which means we are mostly likely going to be treated to one more of these SEC-dominated blowouts next season.
Just using the BCS standings as a guide—hey, I tried to put a selection committee together, but it was tough to do on such short notice—the semifinals this year would have been No. 4 Oregon against No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 3 Florida against No. 2 Alabama.
Notre Dame couldn’t stop Alabama’s speed and running attack. Would they have done any better against the Ducks? Not likely.
Florida got hammered by Louisville in the Sugar Bowl, so let’s pencil that in as a roll for the Crimson Tide.
That would have left us with Oregon and Alabama for the title. That was the game a lot of folks wanted to see, but were denied when the Ducks stubbed their toes against Stanford in November.
The BCS produced not much in the way of good games this year. Maybe Alabama was just that good, maybe it wouldn’t have mattered who the Tide played.
But it was a snoozer of an ending, to be sure.