Kevin Norwood has his breakout game in last season's BCS title game. A year later, the Alabama junior receiver has become the Tide's steady hand on offense.
Alabama used its offensive line to plow its way through Georgia on the road to the BCS title game. Now, the Tide know they face another battle with the Irish.
Notre Dame's ability to master the details, and USC's inability to take care of the little things, is why the Irish are going to the national title game and the Trojans have a fifth loss.
Talk of LSU playing for the national title regardless of Saturday's outcome has, understandably, mounted a chip on the shoulders of a Georgia team that has won 10 straight games.
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OU will go into 2013 without its record-setting quarterback, two of its best receivers and several of its best defenders off a defense that was a disaster anyway the second half of the season. The schedule will be unforgiving, as well.
Alabama didn't look ahead to the SEC championship game and dispatched Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl, giving the Crimson Tide a clear route to a BCS title spot.
Michigan will be on target for its first Big Ten championship appearance with a win on Saturday, but making the title game doesn't provide any financial windfall.
Texas has done this before. Holiday Bowl wins launched trips to the BCS, then to title games. So that's why, as the Longhorns continue to climb back to the top, they seem to know the way.
The Sooners need a lot of help to get to the national title game after the latest BCS standings put Alabama at No. 3
Oklahoma is No. 6 in the BCS standings, positioned as the top one-loss team on the board
The Sooners no longer control their own destiny in the national championship race. But, if Oklahoma wins out, could they get in?