Win or lose, nothing makes Sunday better than six cold, clear and refreshing college football stories from around the country.
Combine an Alabama team on the verge of playing for a national championship and an Auburn team suffering one of the most dramatic falls in college football history, and this apparently is what you get.
This one meant a lot. And after it was over, no one was calling the Gators soft.
This season has been an up and down roller coaster of Heisman speculation, and after Week 13, many believe that it could come down to Notre Dame linebacker, Manti Te’o, or the freshmen quarterback from Texas A&M, Johnny “Football” Manziel.
Oklahoma never led in regulation but still outscored Oklahoma State to win "Bedlam" in OT.
A 22-13 win over USC gave Notre Dame a 12-0 mark and a trip to the BCS title game. They stuck with what worked all season -- run the ball and stop the run.
Since 2007, Nick Saban’s arrival at Alabama, the Crimson Tide has been building toward some kind of climax in this series. The eventual terminus of that buildup wasn’t known to anyone, but everyone had a pretty good guess: It would end, to one degree or another, with an Alabama team making an Auburn team look like it didn’t even know how to play the sport.
Turns out that day was Nov. 24, 2012. The 2007 game was probably closer than it had any right to be, and Alabama would have stood a good chance at an upset had D.J. Hall not dropped a sure touchdown pass. The 2008 game polished off Tommy Tuberville’s career. The zenith of Gene Chizik’s career – the final handful of weeks in the 2009 season, through the Cam Newton-infused 2010 championship season and its follow-up season – produced two Alabama wins, one by blowout, and another game that Alabama should have won. And then we have Nov. 24, 2012.
Auburn didn’t look like it even cared to be on the field with Alabama, much less do anything to actually slow down Alabama or score on Alabama. Auburn made Alabama’s first drive into four minutes of honest work; after the Tide finally scored a touchdown to cap the drive, the Tigers checked out. A team full of Signing Day prime cuts turned into an Iron Bowl full of spoiled hamburger.