BCS results: 2013

Alabama won their third national title in four years with a dominant performance over Notre Dame’s defense. Oregon wins the Fiesta Bowl, Florida State wins the Orange, Louisville upsets Florida in the Sugar Bowl, and Stanford defeats Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Here is a breakdown of each game and how it all happened. Stanford defeated Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day. Stanford jumped out to a 14-0 in the first quarter with a 16 yard touchdown with 11:24 in the period. Less than six minutes later, Stanford scored on a Stepfan Taylor touchdown. With 00:19 left in the first half, down 17-7,Wisconsin scores on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Fredrick from QB Curt Phillips to make it 17-14. In the second half Stanford would make a single field goal for the only score in the second half as the Cardinal prevailed, 20-14. If you compare the stats of each team they were pretty even. Wisconsin stuck to the run way too much while Stanford was able to run and throw. In the end that’s what killed Wisconsin. Florida State Dominated the NIU Huskies in the Discover Orange Bowl. In the first half, Jordan Lynch, NIU quarterback, was shut down as the NIU offense only put three points on the scoreboard. The NIU defense did surprisingly well and held Florida State to 14 points. In the third quarter, NIU scores an 11 yard touchdown to pull within seven. NIU recovers an onside kick and everything was looking good until Lynch threw an interception which led to a FSU touchdown. The final was 31-10, and who to thank? The FSU offensive line who totally dominated the NIU d-line the entire game. If FSU could have closed out their drives in the first half then this game would have been even worse. The FSU offense had 534 yards of total offense compared to NIU’s 259. Louisville pulled off the upset in a dominating style. A pick six on the first play of the game did not sell me, but when they jumped to a 24-3 lead, they had me convinced. At the half L-ville had a two touchdown lead over the Florida Gators. In the second half, L-ville took a 33-10 lead. UF put together a come back that fell short by 10 points, 33-23. Teddy Bridgewater was the story of the night as he tore up one of the top defense in the country. He threw for 266 yards and was 20-32 passing. Florida’s defense could not deal with Bridgewater at all. Louisville was the better team that night. Oregon showed off their speed as they started the game with a kick-return for a touchdown by De’Anthony Thomas. Of course, Chip Kelly goes for two and gets it to take an eight point lead. After another TD by Kenyon Barner, the Ducks go up 15-0. An exchange of TDs before the half made it 22-10. The Ducks would end up winning, 35-17. KSU could not handle the speed of the Oregon offense. Collin Klein could not even handle the Oregon defense even though they are not a top defense in the country. This game really showed viewers that the PAC-12 was truly better than the BIG-12. Alabama has become a dynasty as they defeated Notre Dame, 42-14. They claim their third title in four years and in convincing fashion. Notre Dame was not even close to Alabama’s level. The Tide took a 35-0 lead on a defense who people claimed was the best in the country, obviously not. Notre Dame’s offense was no match for the Tide defense. Notre Dame’s freshman quarterback, Everet Golson, had a great game,with 270 yards passing and 21-36 with a touchdown and an INT. Now on the other side of the ball, AJ McCarron threw for 264 yards 4 TDs and was 20-28. McCarron was the story of the night on and off the field. He tore up this Notre Dame defense with just outstanding throws that not that many people in college football could have made. I can’t see any quarterback in college who is a better passer, not even Matt Barkley of USC. Alabama’s top receiver was freshman, Amari Cooper, who had six receptions for 105 yards and two TDs. Eddy Lacy and TJ Yeldon, Alabama’s senior and freshman running backs, combined for 248 yards and a TD for each. Last year, the Tide’s defense won the Title, giving up zero points to the #1 LSUTigers. This year, Alabama’s offense prevailed by destroying the #1 defense, in a fashion that was embarrassing for the Irish. Alabama’s o-line was the strong point of the entire team. With no sacks allowed the entire game, McCarron had all the time in the world and no pressure the whole game. Alabama averaged 5.9 yards per rush, which showed how dominate the o-line was that night. Notre Dame’s Stepfon Tuitt and Manti Te’o were not even there at the game. The only Irish football player that was not scared of Alabama was Louis Nix III, a defensive tackle who gave Barrett Jones, Alabama’s center, a real hard time all game. Notre Dame played scared; Alabama played like they’ve been there before. We found the true champions in the end. We’ll see if a non-SEC school will stop the streak in the 2013-2014 season.