Florida State ended the SEC's BCS National Championship streak and SEC hegemony was eroded by gains made by the Pac-12 and ACC. But the 2013 college football season was more remarkable for what didn't happen rather than what did.
At first, Brian Kelly didn't seem to be a Notre Dame man. There was a disconnect between the coach and his players. But in his third season, Ivan Maisel writes, Kelly has figured out how to win in South Bend.
BCS contenders Oklahoma State, Stanford and Clemson each faced a challenge in Week 9. While the Cowboys and Cardinal got the job done in vastly different ways, the Tigers became the latest team to fall from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Brian Kelly brings walking effervescence and a glossy resume to Notre Dame. The former will be a breath of fresh air in South Bend. He'll need to keep up the latter to survive the Irish pressure cooker.