The Cotton Bowl game is at Jerry World.
I have a bad feeling about the TAMU/OU game. The team that has the ball last will probably win it.
"Football is a hard game. These spread coaches forget that. Until good defenses remind them." Gene Stallings
I discussed the margin of victory vs. percentage here earlier in the season. The notion was that winning 21-7 was far more dominating than winning 35-21. I think this applies to scoring twice as many points+a two TD margin because you're left with a lot of buts and ifs to try and explain that away. If only we'd made it on fourth down and if only we had done this and that, etc... For practical purposes though, a blowout shouldn't really matter if it happened in the first or the fourth quarter. If you are capable of stopping them when you have to, and scoring when you need to, and ultimately putting up a lot more points than them, you've blown them out.
I understand why people want to look down on Notre Dame, but I can't. I looked at their schedule at the start of the year and I felt it was one of the toughest I've seen. Sure, things didn't turn out as tough as they looked. USC and Oklahoma were not legit title contenders (although Oklahoma would have been in the mix had they not lost to Notre Dame). Michigan was not the elite team they could have been. Miami and BYU were closer to mediocre than great. It was still a tough schedule, and Notre Dame handled it quite well.
I honestly think a lot of Alabama fans are trying to reach to put down Notre Dame. I've seen several people here claim Notre Dame didn't even play a tough schedule. Really? That's absurd. Yes, Notre Dame is beatable, but so is Georgia, Texas A&M, and LSU. There's plenty of reason to believe Notre Dame gives Alabama just as much trouble as those teams did. In fact, there is logical ground to argue Notre Dame is better than those three teams.
I expect Alabama to win, but Notre Dame did not play a weak schedule, and Notre Dame is a very, very good team. They got lucky a couple of times, but so did Alabama. It takes a little luck to get in the championship game most years.
They played a hard schedule. The back end though, not so much.
Notre Dame has a very good team, I would not argue otherwise, so does Ohio State. That region of the country's talent has been down for years compared to the SEC. When you get down to it every team is beatable, proof of that to a Bama fan is obvious unless he has been under a rock all year.
I think Notre Dame has found their coach for now and the foreseeable future in Brian Kelly. There is no doubt that they can win this game coming up with the key word being "can". Doubtful but they can! If I was a Notre Dame fan I would be hopeful without a doubt, but confident as some or most are? Well I recall how I felt leading up to the '92 Sugar bowl against Miami. I was hopeful, but I was not about to run my mouth or as in these days and time typing fingers!
The Sagarin ratings that I linked to were updated 12-30-12, not sure about TEAM RANKINGS. Check back Wednesday to compare with the rankings I posted on the first page.