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Final BCS analysis: Alabama-Notre Dame to title game

Northern Illinois rocks postseason with Orange Bowl bid
<p> Alabama-Notre Dame clear BCS championship pairing, but Northern Illinois rocks final rankings.</p>

The most drama in the BCS selection was settled by the most dramatic game of the season when Alabama defeated Georgia 32-28 in the SEC Championship Game.

While the Notre Dame-Alabama championship game was clear from the final seconds in Atlanta, the most unlikely BCS crasher wasn’t revealed until Sunday afternoon.

College Football Week 14 Recap: Alabama wins SEC classic

Saban, Stanford in rare company on way to BCS games
<p> Razor-thin margin propels Alabama over Georgia in the SEC title game, more big moments are coming for UCLA and Stanford, Klein keeps pace in Heisman race.</p>

This is not a sentiment often noted with the BCS: Good thing the championship game is more than a month away.

Otherwise, good luck topping the game of the year in Atlanta. Every play and every decision was magnified in the SEC Championship Game. Every time a running back fought for an extra yard (and it happened a lot) a national championship seemed it was at stake.

The championship bout in Atlanta ended with Nick Saban relieved, it seemed, and Mark Richt frustrated.

10 Worst College Football Teams in BCS History

Colorado's awful 2012 season ranks among the worst in BCS history.
<p> College Football's Top 10 Worst BCS Teams</p>

At the end of college football’s regular season, the focus always shifts to the BCS title and debating the best teams in the nation. However, there’s also the other side of the coin, as the end of the year is a chance to reflect on the worst teams. And when examining the BCS era (1998-2012), there's no shortage of "quality" candidates for this ranking. 

College Football Predictions: Every Game in Week 14

Conference title games take center stage
<p>  </p> <p> Six conference championship games highlight the Week 14 slate, most notably the Georgia vs. Alabama clash in the SEC. There will also BCS bids on the line in the Big Ten (Nebraska vs. Wisconsin), ACC (Florida State vs. Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (UCLA at Stanford), and possibly even in the MAC, where the winner of the Kent State vs. Northern Illinois battle could possibly end up in the Orange Bowl.</p>

Six conference championship games highlight the Week 14 slate, most notably the Georgia vs. Alabama clash in the SEC. There will also BCS bids on the line in the Big Ten (Nebraska vs. Wisconsin), ACC (Florida State vs. Georgia Tech) and Pac-12 (UCLA at Stanford), and possibly even in the MAC, where the winner of the Kent State vs. Northern Illinois battle could possibly end up in the Orange Bowl.

Big East Week 14 Preview and Predictions

Louisville, Rutgers clash in finale for BCS bid
<p> Louisville-Rutgers will determine the Big East's BCS representative and the title race, but Pittsburgh and Connecticut are battling for bowl eligibility.</p>

Stumbling and limping isn’t the best way to enter a season-defining game.

At least for Louisville and Rutgers, though, both teams will look across the sideline at a team in a similar spot.

Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction

A BCS bid is up for grabs on Thursday night.
<p> Louisville Cardinals vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights Preview and Prediction</p>

When the Big East released its 2012 schedule, many circled the Nov. 29 date between Rutgers and Louisville as a matchup that could decide the conference title. And after 11 games and several twists and turns this season, it’s no surprise the Cardinals and Scarlet Knights meet with a trip to a BCS bowl on the line.

Big East Post-Week 13 Power Rankings

Syracuse, Ryan Nassib take top spots
<p> Big East Post-Week 13 Power Rankings</p>

Say this for the Big East: The title chase won’t be without intrigue.

Losses by Louisville and Rutgers last week gave Syracuse and Cincinnati a chance to claim shares of the Big East title. Meanwhile, the two teams that scored the upsets -- Connecticut and Pittsburgh -- still have hopes of becoming bowl eligible.

College Football Post-Week 13 BCS Analysis

Top teams unchanged but BCS sees key developments for at-large teams
<p> College Football Post-Week 13 BCS Analysis</p>

Notre Dame’s goal-line stand -- or USC’s blunders, depending on your point of view -- erased any mystery for the BCS standings as far as the national championship is concerned.

College Football Post-Week 13 Bowl Projections

College football's bowl season is inching closer, and it's never too early to take a look at what the matchups might look like. With 13 weeks of results in the books, the bowl picture for nearly every team is starting to clear. 

The post-Week 13 bowl projections are a mixture between how things would look if the season ended today, projection of Week 14, and considering the results so far this year. 

College Football Week 13 Recap: Notre Dame seals No. 1

Ohio State and Florida claim statement wins in rivalry games
<p> College Football Week 13 Recap: Notre Dame seals No. 1</p>

For all the complaints of losing the tradition of rivalry week, the Thanksgiving holiday was a turn back the clocks kind of weekend.

Notre Dame wrapped up a chance to play for its first national title since 1988. And elsewhere, Ohio State and Michigan re-energized their rivalry with a Woody and Bo-type matchup with Urban Meyer and Brady Hoke on the sidelines.

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