Last edited by ALA2262; December 18th, 2012 at 07:33 AM.
Notre Dame has the 10th hardest schedule and has played:
Alabama has the 37th hardest schedule and has played:
9. Texas A&M
Notre Dame gets the benefit of the doubt because they played a TON of 6-6 & 7-5 teams that didn't bring their schedule down. Because they're not in a conference they didn't get stuck with teams like 3-9 Auburn, 4-8 Arkansas, 5-7 Missouri, and 5-7 Tennessee.
Our schedule was more top heavy while they basically got to play Ole Miss 6 different times.
The Party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command.
- George Orwell
If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they donít have to worry about the answers.
ó Thomas Pynchon
"I don't know what class is but I can tell when one has it, you can tell from a mile away"
-- Coach Bryant
"We always talk about playing 60 minutes but this is a 60-10 game: the 60 minutes of the game and the 10 minutes in the locker room after the game that you remember for the rest of your life."
-- Nick Saban day after beating Clemson
22nd year, first in the National Title game?
"We have an opponent in this state that we work every day, 365 days a year, to dominate."
Yeah, people forget that Kelly wasn't some "fast riser" who coached at the MAC then Big East levels for a few years before landing a huge job. This guy spent a long portion of his career in Division II. He definitely earned his dues and has seen a lot more football than many realize. The bowl season is a unique animal though. His real experience in a championship season is a week-to-week build up and release you see in the playoff system which is more akin to regular season football. The vast majority of the bowl experience he has is in those tiers of bowls where win or lose it was really about the paycheck and extra practices. He's only played in one bowl where there was a modicum of stakes behind the name (the Orange Bowl against VT).
On one hand, I don't doubt Kelly as a guy who truly earned his way up the ranks of coaching and figure he can handle it just fine. On the other, it is hard to deny that the bowl championship model is one of the oddest title game structures in sports. It does seem to claim many good teams to it's build up in hype, mental rust, and physical rust.