By Garrett Miley | National Desk Louisville guard Kevin Ware is taken off of the court on a stretcher after his injury during the first half of the Midwest Regional final against Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Sunday March 31, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) Louisville…
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Notre Dame vs Alabama: Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide Battle for the BCS Championship (via http://www.bookieblitz.com)
The biggest game of the season is finally here on Monday night as Notre Dame vs Alabama will be featured in the biggest game of the college footballseason. The game is set for Monday, Jan. 7, at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN). These two teams stood above the rest and will now…
New Year’s Day College Football Bowl Predictions: Picks Against the Spread For Every Game (via http://www.bookieblitz.com)
One of the best traditions in college football is ringing in the New Year with great bowl games. That tradition continues in 2012-2013 when six bowl games kick off on the first day of the year. With so many big games here are the New Year’s Day College Football Bowl Predictions for every game on…
Alabama Football: Under-the-Radar Players Who Must Step Up vs. Notre Dame (via wdntoday.com)
By Patrick Clarke (Featured Columnist) on December 2, 2012 Alabama running back Eddie Lacy has some of the strongest shoulders in college football, but even he can’t carry the Crimson Tide to a second-consecutive championship by himself. If Alabama is to complete its BCS title defense against the…
Perfection: Ohio State football tops Michigan, finishes 12-0 (via wdntoday)
By Pat Brennan,firstname.lastname@example.org Published: Saturday, November 24, 2012 Updated: Saturday, November 24, 2012 16:11 Ohio State football realized perfection for the sixth time in its 123-year history. The 109th meeting between OSU and Michigan, ranked No. 4 and No. 20, respectively, by the Associated…
It is hard to think that no one saw this coming.
It has become as much Notre Dame tradition as golden helmets or the Victory March.
Win an improbable victory against a national power one week, lose to a mid-level team struggling through a mediocre season the next.
Lou Holtz’s 1993 team may be the most notable in the trend, beating No. 1 Florida State, then falling to Boston College the next.
In 2002, Ty Willingham’s first Irish squad ran out to an 8-0 start and the No. 5 spot in the national polls after beating Florida State once again before sleepwalking through a date with Boston College.
This year, Brian Kelly’s third Irish team matched Willingham’s ’02 group with an 8-0 start. The team’s resume was slightly more impressive netting the no.3 ranking.
The team traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to beat the No. 8 Sooners, finally grabbing attention from the national pollsters.
Then they played Pittsburgh.
Notre Dame lost to Pittsburgh. But somehow they didn’t.
Notre Dame did things in the game today that they hadn’t done all year.
Settled for field goals. Turned the ball over. Committed a host of bad penalties early. Gave up long runs and made arm tackles rather than wrapping and driving.
Notre Dame came out on the game’s opening possession and did anything they wanted to do against a Panther defense that seemed to be outmatched physically until the Irish reached the red zone.
After a seven minute 60+ yard opening drive, the Irish could only manage a field goal.
Pittsburgh signaled that they were here to play on their first play from scrimmage as running back Ray Graham sprinted 60 yards through the Irish line before being tracked down by KieVarie Russell.
Pitt tied the game three plays later.
On the second Irish possession Notre Dame again seemingly effortlessly drove the field, set up with a 1st-and-goal at the Panther two-yard line, and failed to cross the goal line.
From that point Pittsburgh took over.
The Panthers used punishing runs from Graham and pinpoint passes by fifth-year senior Tino Sunseri to build a 20-6 lead headed into the fourth quarter.
As the supposed final stanza began, a dead-all-day Irish offense sprang to life and Notre Dame roared back.
Surviving an interception in the end zone culminating what would have been a 98-yard drive, Everett Golson connected with T.J. Jones for a score, then ran in a two-point conversion to even the score with under two minutes remaining.
In the first overtime, neither squad managed a first down and traded quick field goals.
On the second overtime possession, Notre Dame’s title hopes fell apart as Cierre Wood fumbled as he flew toward the end zone. The ball came loose just before Wood broke the plane and was recovered in the end zone by Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh had only to hold onto the ball.
The Panthers indeed played it safe, running three times straight ahead, gaining eight yards, setting up the game-winning field goal.
And he missed.
On the ensuing possession to begin the third overtime, Kevin Harper did split the uprights to give the Panthers a 26-23 advantage.
Notre Dame then went the full 25 yards in six plays with Everett Golson diving in from one yard out to put the Panthers away.
Pittsburgh did everything they had to do. They bent but did not break. They ran the football effectively. They did not turn the ball over. They scored touchdowns in the red zone and took a multiple-score lead into the fourth quarter.
Yet somehow it slipped away.
After Wood’s fumble into the end zone, the game was theirs for the taking. A simple field goal from just inside the right hash to seal the win and play spoiler against Notre Dame, and it sailed just outside the right upright.
Given one final chance at life on a lucky break that hasn’t gone Notre Dame’s way for decades, the Irish capitalized.
Statistically, the numbers don’t add up to the game that everyone watched.
Notre Dame outgained the Panthers 522-to-308. Out rushed Pittsburgh 230-144. Held the ball for 35:23 to Pitt’s 23:29.
But Notre Dame’s inability to finish drives, especially in the first half, allowed Pittsburgh to remain in command for most of the contest.
In the end the Irish escape.
Everett Golson, despite being removed in favor of Tommy Rees, who was ineffective for the first time this season in relief, took another step toward cementing his status as a leader.
Golson finished 23-of-42 for 227 yards with a pair of touchdowns and one interception. He also carried the ball 15 times for 74 yards, including the equalizing two-point conversion and the game winning score.
The ultimate result tonight is that Notre Dame has reached its best record since 1993 when the team began 10-0 before falling to Boston College.
What is unknown is how the near-loss will resonate with voters who already have Notre Dame rated behind the other three unbeaten teams.
It is possible that despite the win Notre Dame could fall further away from their Championship dreams if Alabama, Kansas State, and Oregon also win.
Should the Irish tumble to No. 4 in the BCS, it will be hard to argue as Pittsburgh should have ended all discussion of a Notre Dame championship.
But Harper’s kick sailed inches wide, and the Irish remain alive.
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It’s the first week of college football, and some of the outcomes we could foresee, others….well….we never could have predicted.
USC used a strong performance from quarterback Matt Barkley and Alabama used their stifling defense to pick up victories.
The Trojans enter the 2012 season as the number one ranked team in the nation and Barkley returning to school was one of the main reasons for the team’s ranking. The senior went 23-38 for 347 yards and four touchdowns as the Trojans defeated Hawaii 49-10. The defense and special teams both added scores, but the offense will need to find a running game if this team wants to play for a national title.
The Crimson Tide had the tougher matchup as they played the eighth ranked Michigan Wolverines, but the Tide jumped out early and cruised to a 41-14 win. The Crimson Tide’s defense forced three turnovers and held Denard Robinson and the Wolverines’ offense to under 300 yards on the night. Quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 11-21 for 199 yards and two scores. The Tide also rushed for over 230 yards in the contest and controlled the game from start to finish.
While all the ranked teams that were favored in the first week of the college football season ended up winning, the year has just begun and teams like USC and Alabama will need to be on their game every week or risk losing their shot at playing in the BCS Championship at the end of the season.
Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired Wednesday night by the board of trustees amid the growing scandal over how the school handled child-sex abuse allegations against assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The veteran coach was ousted at the end of day that began with his announcement to retire at end of the season, his 46th.
After hearing news of the firing, Paterno released a statement, saying: “I am disappointed with the Board of Trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it. A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed. I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value.”
According to CBS News a source close to former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno said that the Paterno family is shocked and outraged over the university’s handling of the firing. The source claims Surma lied at the press conference announcing Paterno’s firing when he said the board had informed Paterno by phone about its decision to terminate the head coach after 46 seasons. Instead, the source claims a university employee hand-delivered a letter about the firing to the family home a mere 15 minutes prior to the press conference. According to the source, the reason for the letter was that the university employee said the board was unable to locate Paterno during the day.
The legendary football coach allegedly said upon hearing the news: “You give your life to this place and that’s how you’re treated.”