BCS Rankings: Teams That Will Deserve a Berth More Than a 2-Loss Notre Dame Team
Ok, we're all aware of the great start Notre Dame has had after the first few seasons of struggle under head coach Brian Kelly, who is now sitting at 7-0 and within reach of a BCS bowl berth.
But the Fighting Irish have yet to play either the Oklahoma Sooners or the USC Trojans, who both have only one loss and are playing some pretty good football as well.
Some pundits have stated that the Fighting Irish will get a BCS bid, even if they lose both those games.
But are they more deserving than some of the other teams that have played better than them?
Let's take a look.
More Deserving: Kansas State
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The Wildcats have put themselves among the top teams in the nation thanks to their explosive offense and much improved defense, which limited West Virginia to 14 points in Saturday's 55-14 victory.
The Wildcats have been playing much better and are a more complete team than the Fighting Irish. I think they are more deserving of a BCS bid than a two-loss Notre Dame team, especially with Colin Klein at quarterback.
More Deserving: Florida
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While the Florida Gators' chances will remain uncertain because of the unpredictable play of quarterback Jeff Driskel, they have been the biggest surprise in the SEC East. They are still undefeated, and their speedy defense is complemented by an offense predicated on a strong running game led by an athletic quarterback.
There is also no way that a team that loses to Florida State but still ends up winning the SEC Championship should end up anywhere else but in a BCS bowl game.
I think the Gators have shown more at this stage than Notre Dame and would be a team more deserving of a BCS bid than a two-loss Fighting Irish team.
More Deserving: USC
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Since their early season upset loss to the Stanford Cardinal, USC has been playing better football and remains one of the top teams in the Pac-12.
I think the Trojans deserve a BCS berth over a two-loss Notre Dame team. The Trojans have come together and become one of the nation's best teams, breaking several offensive records in Saturday's 50-6 win over Colorado.
More Deserving: Clemson
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Like USC, the Clemson Tigers have been on a roll since their loss against Florida State, which was ranked No. 5 at the time. They have won every game since then, avoiding any upset losses, and have scored at least 35 points in all of their games, except their season opener against Auburn, when they scored 26.
The Tigers have one of the nation's best offenses and one of the best group of skill players. Their questionable offensive line has come together, and even with their questionable defense, especially in the secondary, has shown itself capable of playing with most any team in the nation.
As a result, I think the Tigers are more deserving of a BCS bid than Notre Dame, especially with their large traveling fanbase.
More Deserving: Oklahoma
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The Sooners are one of the teams that could jump into the BCS over Notre Dame and deserve to do so. In the Big 12 where offenses rule, the Sooners have one of the nation's best defenses and a consistent offense with quarterback Landry Jones at the helm.
Oklahoma's only loss came against Kansas State, which remains undefeated and ranked among the top-five teams in the nation.
The Sooners have played more complete football than the Fighting Irish and have performed better in bigger games. It would further prove that point should the Sooners beat Notre Dame on Saturday in Norman.