I don't believe Alabama is that much better then the rest of the College Football world. I believe that while ND had a good season, they were hyped because they are ND. I don't believe that ND was as good as they were made out to be and I don't believe that ND's front seven were as talented as was made out to be. If you look at their schedule, I think you see a good team that played good sound football and didn't beat themselves. I don't think you see a dominating team loaded with talent that can overpower you. Navy W 50-10 (Dublin Ireland or home game for ND) Good win but it's Navy. Purdue W (Home) 20-17 Good win but at home and very close. Purdue was 6-7, 3-5 in the Big 10. Michigan St. W (Road) 20-3 This is where it started. ND front 7 had a great game vs Spartans and that's where the build up began but in all honesty, MSU was not that good. They were 7-6 on the season and 3-5 in the Big 10. Michigan W (Home) 13-6 Again, Michigan was ranked highly but was not very good. Michigan threw 5 picks in this game, fumbled 1 for total of 6 TOs and Notre Dame could only put up 13 points? Miami W (Home) 41-3 On the surface, a nice win but Miami is not the Miami of Jimmy Johnson days. Miami was a 7-5 team this year with wins over a bad BC team, Bethune Cook, a .500 GTEch, 7-6 NCSt., 7-6 VaTech, SFla. and Duke. Not exactly a power house. Stanford W (Home) 20-13 OT win. This is probably the most impressive win all year IMO. A close game but Stanford is a good team. Very close and probably should have lost this game but they pulled it out. BYU W (Home) 17-14 Another Good win but BYU was just OK this year. Still, with 2 minutes left, BYU could have won this game with the ball on the ND 31. The WR was there, BYU just didn't execute the play. OU W (Road) 30-13 OU had a good year but in this game, they left a lot of points on the field. Still, ND won fair and square on the road. Good win but not as dominating as you might think from the score. OU could not run the ball to save their lives in this game. 15 yards rushing, ND had 215. This was the big difference in the game. OU could not score in the red zone. Pitt W (Home) 29-26 3OT. Another very close game ND probably should have lost. Pitt was just OK this year, 6-7 team in the BigEast. Pitt had them 20-6 going into the 4th quarter and gave up 14 in the 4th. Good win for ND but Pitt gave it away. BC W (Road) 21-6. BC was terrible this year with a 2-10 record, their only wins coming against Maine and Maryland. Wake W (Home) 38-0 Again, Wake was not good this year. 5-7 on the year, Wake just did not have the offensive weapons to make a game of it. They actually won the TOP game but couldn't put points on the board. USC W (Road) 22-13. This is the game that put them over the top. They beat a very average USC team on the road. Of course, Barkley had just gone down the game before so this was Wittek's first start for USC and it showed. Very average game with 2 INTs. Keep in mind that this USC team lost to every ranked team they played this year and lost in their Bowl Game to a 7-7 (on the strength of the USC Bowl win) GTech. Now, looking over this ND season, I think it's fair to say that ND was a solid, well coached team who did not beat themselves. However, they were far from dominating on any level IMO. I watched ATM go into Tuscaloosa with a Freshman QB and beat Bama. While I believe ATM is improved, they are still one season away from being a 7-6 team with a 4-5 record in the Big 12 (good for 7th place). This is not a knock on ATM. On the contrary, it's really a credit to them. However, I don't believe the SEC is that much better. I think they got a favorable scheduling in this case and played a team who, from a talent level perspective, was inferior.