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Is it 2014 yet?
Notre Dame came into this weekend ranked No. 3 in the BCS Rankings, and while there's still a lot that can happen between now and tomorrow night's release, it doesn't look as if Notre Dame will climb much higher than third in the rankings.
Everyone seems to believe Oregon and Kansas State are the legit top two teams in the nation.
If we look at Oregon, the Ducks clearly have an advantage over Notre Dame in pure offensive output. Heck, the Ducks are better than everyone at moving the ball and putting up points.
But when it comes to defense, Oregon similarly can't hold a candle to Notre Dame.
And if you want to look at schedules, we can do that, too. The two "big" games Oregon is counting on this season in the computer rankings just happen to be the same two big games Notre Dame has on its schedule: Stanford and USC.
So if one team dominates on offense, and the other on defense, shouldn't that be a wash? If both teams play the same two "big" opponents, shouldn't that be a wash (assuming Notre Dame beats USC next week and Oregon beats Stanford this week)?
Again, a lot can happen between now and tomorrow night, or even now and next week. But shouldn't we be comparing apples to apples when it comes to deciding a national championship?
At least in 2014, this all becomes moot (as both teams in their current positions would qualify for the upcoming playoff system).
Update: With both No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon losing their games today, Notre Dame should be the No. 1 team in the new BCS Rankings tomorrow. If Notre Dame defeats USC, Irish fans should prepare themselves for a trip to Miami.