In South Bend, Touchdown Jesus has his hands stretched a little higher.
A Golden Age, long thought past, has returned to the Golden Dome campus, as the Irish punched its ticket into the National Championship Game with its: 22-13 win over USC.
It is also the fifth time that a third year Notre Dame Coach will play for the title: Frank Leahy in ’47, Ara Parseghian ’66, Dan Devine ’77, Lou Holtz ’88, and now Brian Kelly, the previous four all returned home champions.
It has been a remarkable odyssey for this gritty bunch of Domers, led by its inspirational backer, and Heisman contender; Manti Te’o.
Before the start of the season, ND was a 90-1 shot to make it to Miami, and most experts felt, with its daunting schedule, that an 8-4 record would be cause for celebration.
Now nothing short of a national title will fully satisfy the Notre Dame Faithful.
In Aggie-land, Home of the Twelfth Man, it was once again the “Johnny Football” show.
QB Johnny Manziel, led Texas A&M to its tenth win in its boffo SEC (6-2) debut.
No freshman has ever won the award, but no sophomore had ever won it until Tim Tebow did it in 2007, and the kid is definitely Heisman worthy.
Freshman/smeshman, his SEC numbers: 4600 yards of offense, over 3300 yards passing, over 1000 yards rushing, and 43 TDs; screams; Most Outstanding Player in America. Period!
In Raleigh, North Carolina, it was the tale of Boston College coaches, and the predictable result, was another loss for the Eagles.
BC closed out its woeful (2-10), 2012 campaign, its worst since 1978, with its fourth straight loss; a 27-10 defeat to Tom O’Brien’s (7-5) Wolfpack, who also had a disappointing season.
It is expected, that this was the last game in the Frank Spaziani era, and it may well have been the last game for Tom O’Brien who is rumored to be on the chopping block.
As we have written many times; all BC has to do is look toward Cambridge, and the Football Offices of Harvard Coach Tim Murphy, for its next head man.
He has won everything there is to win in the Ivy League.
Before Harvard, he was the youngest Division 1 coach in America, leading Cincinnati to an 8-3 record before coming to H some 19 years ago.
He understands the blending of academics and athletics, has an innovative offensive mind, recruits nationally, will win, and most importantly, won’t use the job as a stepping stone, as so many have previously done.
But you have to ask yourself, outside of hiring Jerry York, when does BC ever do the right thing?
In the bizarre world of college football, Stanford defeated UCLA 35-17, and next Friday the same two will face off, this time in Palo Alto for the Pac-12 Championship and a spot in the Rose Bowl.
In Columbus, the Urban renewal project finished way ahead of schedule.
Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes closed out its undefeated season in style; as a 26-21 victory over its arch-rival Michigan.
In this classic rivalry, arguably the nation’s best, the college football world said goodbye to one of the country’s most scintillating players; senior QB/TB Denard Robinson.
The kid walks away with a movie full of and jaw dropping highlights, and the best part; he did it with the utmost class.
Finally some WAC and the MAC love.
In Logan, Utah, Coach Gary Anderson’s Utah State Aggies, won a school record 10th game, and captured its first outright WAC title since FDR was playing poker in the White House in 1936. Good for them!!!
In Kent, Ohio, the Golden Flashers of Kent State won its 10th in a row, finishing its best season since the days of Warren Harding, making Coach Darrell Hazell a very hot commodity.
Don’t be surprised if Hazell gets a call from new BC Athletic Director Brad Bates.
And finally, some Hiesman love to Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch, who has led the Huskies to 11 straight victories.
The dual-threat QB has rushed for over 1600 yards, and 16 TDs, while throwing for 23 touchdowns, as the Boys from DeKalb have won a remarkable 16 consecutive MAC games.
Coach Dave Doeren should be another guy the Boston College must call list.
That’s it from cyber space, we’ll be up and running with our final analysis Wednesday night. Until then, Peace, and listen to the music. PK