With the release of the brand new BCS rankings, Notre Dame fans all over the country should have realized something.
Their team doesn't control its destiny.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Fighting Irish could very easily finish their season 12-0 and still end up watching the BCS Championship from home in January.
"But ND just dominated Oklahoma and moved up to No. 3 in the BCS standings, how wouldn't they control their destiny" you ask. Well it's quite simple actually.
It's nothing against the Irish. I've actually been extremely enthralled with the Irish and the emotional story of their great linebacker, Manti Te'o.
At the end of the day, the numbers just don't add up.
First and foremost, if Kansas State and Alabama win out, Notre Dame will not surpass them in the BCS standings. Flat out. But of course, one of these teams could very easily stumble, so then what?
Well, even if KSU or 'Bama is defeated before the season ends, Oregon would most likely slide into the No. 2 spot, due to its strength of schedule. Oregon still has three ranked teams to play on its schedule while ND only has one. The Irish are barely in front of the Ducks as of right now, so this difference in strength of schedule guarantees that the Ducks will zoom past the Irish in the standings if KSU or the Crimson Tide fall.
Now, a Kansas State OR Alabama loss won't be enough for the Fighting Irish.
The only way to really guarantee that ND will find itself in the national championship is if both the Wildcats AND the Crimson Tide are defeated before season's end. But even still, that's a lot of "ifs."
Nonetheless, the Irish are still having a fantastic season but the fact that they don't completely control their destiny after fighting through the bulk of their schedule unscathed has to hurt.
Of course, much crazier things have happened in college football, so for now ND fans need to enjoy the ride their team is taking them on and take comfort in that very true statement.