The Big Dance: College Football National Championship


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A Notre Dame player strikes a defiant pose as the Fighting Irish celebrate a 22-13 win over USC at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Notre Dame will play for the National Championship on January 7th, 2013

Tyler DeBord, Business Manager

As the 2012 college football season comes to a close, exciting times are upon college football fans everywhere. Bowl games begin to be played during the holiday season, and let’s not forget the big one. The BCS National Championship game in Miami, Florida on January 7th, 2013. Games such as this one will not be missed by many, as the college football finale is the most exhilarating.

The only question remaining is, who will play for the coveted Coaches’ Trophy? With the huge victory over Southern California in the final game of the regular season, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have essentially sealed a spot in the final game as the number one team in college football. That however does not seal their fate as national champions. The South Eastern Conference Championship game on December 1st, 2012 should ultimately decide who will face off with Notre Dame. The Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide will be in a ferocious fight all game to make sure their team gets to the big one. In what is essentially a semi-final game, everything is on the line.

However, with the BCS rankings, one can never really know who will be selected for the championship game, and that can be a huge problem. Ask the 2004 Auburn Tigers. Auburn had done everything it needed to do, went undefeated in the SEC and won the conference. What more did they need? Apparently that was not good enough. Teams that have a good case in this year’s race are the Florida Gators and the Oregon Ducks. Both have one loss, but both still have plenty left to prove. Florida has beaten four top ten teams in the 2012 campaign, which is quite impressive in the SEC, theirone loss coming at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs. Oregon just recently hiccuped their way out of the picture with a loss to long time rival Stanford.

Both teams made huge statements in the final week with big wins over in-state rivals Florida State and Oregon State.Neither of those teams are slouches, ranking in the top 15 of the BCS. That factor could prove to be a deal breaker when it’s all said and done, leaving one of these two teams to play Notre Dame. It’s very far-fetched, but we’ve seen crazier things happen.

Most would think this isn’t going to happen, and they would be correct. With Georgia facing off against Alabama this weekend, there’s no way the winner of this game will not make it to the big game. If Georgia wins, it will be their first national championship appearance since 1982. For Alabama, they are certainly no strangers to success, as this would be their third time in four years. Regardless of who wins, the game is hyped up like none other. Two vs three in a clash of college football elites. It just simply does not get any better. What a way to begin the month of December, and send the 2012 college football season out with a bang.