It wasn't a game for the ages, but it was a victory Stanford will bear-hug for a very long time. If anybody understands that Rose Bowls don't grow on trees, it's Stanford.
Oregon's plan was simple: win out and go to Miami. Stanford had a different idea, starting with spoiling the Ducks' perfect season.
How did Notre Dame become relevant again? By overcoming the obstacles that tripped up the Irish in recent seasons.
The 2011 season ended in much the same way it began: with impressive performances from a litany of Heisman candidates, a few stunning upsets and a host of off-the-field issues. The BMOC wraps up the season that was.
BCS breaks, Bama and cool programs top the BMOC's countdown.
With its thrashing of Stanford on Saturday, Oregon showed the college football world it is ready for a rematch with LSU.