Off-the-field issues, ranging from the Penn State scandal, BCS complaints and expansion irony have overshadowed the showdown in Tuscaloosa and the game of the half-century in Palo Alto.
Strange things can happen in college football. But Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck staying at Stanford won't be one of them.
Charlie Weis started his tenure at Notre Dame by talking a big game. He may have finished his time in South Bend silently.