Assuming that Notre Dame finishes the season 12-0, is it possible the Fighting Irish would miss out on a BCS title shot? Absolutely.
Kansas State and Oregon are the two hottest teams in college football right now. Notre Dame is equally undefeated just like the Wildcats and Ducks, but their season hasn't exhibited total dominance.
Kansas State has averaged more than 40 points a game this season, making a mockery out of most of the opponents they've faced. The defense hasn't been that bad either, allowing a little more than 17 points a game.
Overall, the Wildcats are a very well-rounded team. They've had some pretty impressive wins over Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and TCU. Their remaining games include a road matchup with Baylor and a final home matchup with Texas.
And of course, the fact that Collin Klein is the man leading this Kansas State team certainly factors into why the Wildcats are almost a lock to make the BCS title game. The Heisman frontrunner hasn't let up on offense, racking up the stats in the air and on the ground.
Oregon is a second favorite to compete for the BCS championship because of what the Ducks have managed to accomplish offensively. As the leader in points per game (54.8), Oregon has had no equal when it comes to putting points on the scoreboard.
Chip Kelly's squad has yet to be tested by a defense worthy of stopping the Ducks on offense as the trio of Marcus Mariota, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas continue to find the end zone every week. The only knock on Oregon is their defense, which allows 22.3 points a game.
Some defensive issues became apparent when the Ducks allowed USC to score 51 points. Oregon still came away with the win, but 51 points forfeited won't sit well with any defensive coordinator.
Notre Dame may have the best defense in the nation, but their offense doesn't raise eyebrows.
While Notre Dame has picked up blowout wins over teams here and there, they haven't consistently dominated teams the way Kansas State and Oregon have. A lot of their final scores look, well, normal. That's what the different is.
The Fighting Irish have been college football's feel good story of the year rather than a powerhouse. Manti Te'o's season has been especially remarkable considering how he's played on the field and the adversity he's overcome in his personal life, but that's not the kind of scenario that will grant Notre Dame a spot in the championship game.
ESPN is currently projecting that Kansas State and Oregon will reach the BCS title game while Notre Dame fills a spot in the Rose Bowl. I have to agree with that projection.
Does it seem right? No. It's disappointing to potentially see a team like Notre Dame miss out on finishing an epic season, but you have to go with what makes sense right now. Two explosive offenses going head to head make sense.