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Despite Blowout Loss, Notre Dame Ranked Ahead Of Bama In One Computer Poll

On Monday night, Alabama thrashed Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS Championship Game.  Now one of the computer ranking services that makes up part of the BCS formula has posted its final rankings for the season and the Fighting Irish are still ranked #1…  ahead of #2 Alabama.  Nevermind that whole 28-point beatdown on Monday.

The Colley Matrix has a top 10 consisting of Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Oregon, Stanford, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia and Kansas State.

So how can Notre Dame be ranked ahead of Alabama?  The Colley system isn’t allowed to use margin of victory in its formula.  The BCS power brokers decided a few years ago to take margin of victory out of their overall formula and the result has been a string of flawed computer polls.  Alabama’s 28-point win on Monday might as well have been a one-point nailbiter won on a last-second field goal.

Kudos to those computer ranking systems that bailed from the BCS when ordered to remove margin of victory from their formulas.  Had they done it, their rankings would be as useless as Colley’s are today.

Notre Dame still #1 over a team that beat it by 28 points?  That just doesn’t compute.


Man Beats Computer.

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Gunner Kiel Will Play At Notre Dame

Quarterback Gunner Kiel from East High School in Columbus, Ind., will play football at Notre Dame.

Kiel had been committed to LSU since Dec. 27 but didn’t show for an early enrollee meeting in Baton Rouge on Monday. That led to reports that he was having second thoughts about his decision to attend LSU.

Kiel’s family appears to have played a role in Kiel’s change of heart, according to Michael Scarborough of

“He wants to come to LSU, but his mother (Aleta Kiel) got very emotional Monday and did not want her son to leave,” Scarborough said, per USA Today. “He plans to enroll in classes at Notre Dame on Tuesday.”

So is the decision being made by Kiel or his family?

“What has been relayed to me is that he wants to come to LSU but his parents want him at Notre Dame because it is closer to home,” Scarborough said.

If true, this would be disappointing. Too often we find stories of prospects not being able to make their own decisions for their future. This might be another example.

UPDATE - Notre Dame has made the signing of Kiel official.

“Coach (Brian) Kelly was great throughout my recruitment, as many times out our conversations had nothing to do with football,” Kiel said in a statement released by the school. “That really showed me he had my best intentions in mind. He was persistent yet also patient while recruiting me and I look forward to playing for him the next four years. I couldn’t be happier to be a member of the Fighting Irish football team. I’m excited about the future of the program.”

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