Computer Rankings and National Titles:
Computer Rankings And National Titles
National Champion Prediction: Oklahoma
Predicted Participants (BCS Championship): Oklahoma (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech(13-0)
Actual Participants (BCS Championship): Alabama (12-1) vs. Notre Dame (12-0)
Computer Line: Alabama by 6.42
Final: Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
National Champ: Alabama
Comment: Alabama overcame a regular season SEC home loss to Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M to capture the SEC West division and went on to defeat Georgia 32-28 in Atlanta in the SEC Championship. Notre Dame shocked most of the nation by running the table in the regular season while narrowly avoiding defeats to some rather average teams, including a triple-overtime victory versus a Pittsburgh (6-7), a 20-17 win over Purdue (6-7) and a 17-14 win over BYU (8-5).
The Tide entered the BCS Championship game in Miami ranked 2nd while the Irish stood No. 1, but Alabama was favored by the computer by 6.42 points and the game was never close. 'Bama scored on its first three possessions to take a 21-0 lead just seconds into the 2nd quarter and led 35-0 before Notre Dame got on the board.
The victory marked the 7th consecutive national title for an SEC team and the 3rd for Alabama in the last 3 seasons. Just last year, Alabama's Nick Saban became the first head coach to win three national championships in the BCS era. He now has four. Saban's crowns have come with Alabama in the 2009, 2011 and 2012 season, as well as one with LSU in the 2003 season. He is the first to have back-to-back BCS titles, and Alabama is the first school to repeat as undisputed national champs since Nebraska turned that trick in 1994 and 1995 under Tom Osborne.
Notre Dame saw its bowl record fall to 15-17 with its 11th bowl loss in its last 13 tries. The Irish are winless in BCS bowl games with their four losses coming by an average of 39.5 to 14.25.
Oklahoma was 7th in the final regular season Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com, but dropped to 13th after losing 41-13 to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Virginia Tech suffered its worst season (7-6) since 1992 and barely managed to run its bowl appearance streak to 20 seasons by winning its final 2 regular season games. The Hokies defeated Rutgers 13-10 in overtime in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando.
See: 2012 Final Computer Rankings