A lot of stuff happened on Saturday, and I felt like writing about it.
Late season losses by top teams usually blur the national championship picture, but not this year. Stanford and Baylor upsetting Oregon and Kansas State, respectively, cleared the path for a Notre Dame-SEC national championship. Notre Dame has one game remaining, a road trip to Los Angeles against USC. The Trojans are 1-3 in their last four games and may be without quarterback Matt Barkley, if the report of a separated shoulder is true. Alabama and Georgia were 4th and 5th in last week's BCS rankings and they both host games during rivalry week. Auburn hasn't beaten a BCS team this season. Three wins in a row, and suddenly Georgia Tech has a pulse, but their competition has been anything but stiff. That upset isn't improbable, but is unlikely. In any case, I think the favorites will prevail. Which team can you tolerate hoisting the crystal, Notre Dame or the SEC representative?
Les Miles' speech definitely comes from the heart, but there's some showmanship in there too. I would strap it up and play for The Hat in an instant.
Also, there's this GIF.
Surprise! We hate you.
I didn't like either of the Pro Combat uniforms Nike outfitted us with. However, they were professionally done. The HokieBird and turkey legs helmets were the result of a surplus of stickers and a Build-a-Bear mentality. Tech is doing away with "TV" and Fighting Gobbler logos, two polished and recognized symbols of the university, in the name of brand protection, yet we continue to play in one-off helmets and uniforms.
Maryland to the B1G seems like a real possibility, and we're talking about it here. If Maryland leaves, who does the ACC get to replace them? Connecticut seems to be the most likely. Louisville has the best current combination of basketball and football programs. Is there a chance Swofford gets Penn State to defect, or Notre Dame to be a full-time football member?
A lot of seniors had big games at Boston College. After sitting the bench for the first half, Marcus Davis caught 5 balls for 104 yards and a score. I haven't re-watched the film, but all of his routes looked sharp and crisp. It looked like he wanted to prove something, and did. Martin Scales fought through contact and turned a couple of no-gains into crucial first downs. Bruce Taylor and Alonzo Tweedy combined for 16 total tackles.