Now Notre Dame plays the waiting game.
With their win over USC last Saturday, the Irish finished the regular season a perfect 12-0, outscoring the opposition 321 to 124. Brian Kelly's crew now awaits the winner of the SEC Championship game between Alabama and Georgia.
After their hearts were ripped out by freshman sensation Johnny Manziel three weeks ago, the Crimson Tide won their last two games, over Western Carolina and Auburn, by a combined score of 98-0. They finish the regular season with the top scoring defense, allowing 9.3 points per game, second-best rush defense (77 yapg.) and third-best pass defense (156.7 yapg.) in the nation. The injury bug did bite last weekend, however, as the team lost second-leading receiver Kenny Bell to a broken leg. A.J. McCarron has thrown for over 2,500 yards with 25 touchdowns and two interceptions. The running back by committee of T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy is closing in on 2,000 rushing yards with 24 scores to their credit.
As for the Georgia Bulldogs, head coach Mark Richt recently pointed out that the Crimson Tide and his Dawgs are not that different except for the fact Nick Saban's boys have been winning national titles and UGA has not. The lack of a strong 2012 regular season schedule doesn't help drive that comparison home. The Bulldogs finished 11-1 with their one loss coming to South Carolina on the road. Their only other game against a ranked opponent this season was Florida, who they beat 17-9 in Jacksonville.
With his draft stock on the rise, Aaron Murray finished with 3,201 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall combined for well over 1,800 yards on the ground with 22 touchdowns.
The Dawgs' defense isn't quite Alabama, but they did finish inside the Top 20 in scoring defense, allowing 17.7 points per pop. They are ninth against the pass (174.4 yapg.), but are 69th against the rush, allowing over 163 yards per game. Yeldon and Lacy are licking their chops.
We simulated the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide 101 times and it's Alabama winning 56.4 percent of the time by an average score of 26-23.
|College Football Week 14|
|Florida State Seminoles||78.2||28||Boxscore|
|vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets||21.8||20|
|@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights||54.5||22|
|@ South Florida Bulls||38.6||22|
|@ Connecticut Huskies||37.6||20|
|vs. Wisconsin Badgers||39.6||23|
|Northern Illinois Huskies||55.4||22||Boxscore|
|vs. Kent State Golden Flashes||44.6||20|
|@ Oregon State Beavers||95.0||50|
|@ Stanford Cardinal||64.4||24|
|Alabama Crimson Tide||56.4||26||Boxscore|
|vs. Georgia Bulldogs||43.6||23|
|New Mexico State Aggies||48.5||22||Boxscore|
|@ Texas State Bobcats||51.5||23|
|@ West Virginia Mountaineers||71.8||32|
|@ Kansas State Wildcats||52.5||21|
|@ TCU Horned Frogs||46.5||25|
|Oklahoma State Cowboys||60.4||27||Boxscore|
|@ Baylor Bears||39.6||24|
|@ Tulsa Golden Hurricane||50.5||28|
|South Alabama Jaguars||44.6||19||Boxscore|
|@ Hawaii Warriors||55.4||22|
|Boise State Broncos||63.4||27||Boxscore|
|@ Nevada Wolf Pack||36.6||23|
|Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||35.6||25||Boxscore|
|@ Arkansas State Red Wolves||64.4||29|
|Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns||78.7||29||Boxscore|
|@ Florida Atlantic Owls||21.3||21|
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