With one week left in the college football regular season there are innumerable stories that have been told and are still unfolding.
There will be, naturally, a good deal of focus on Notre Dame’s undefeated season and the fact that the Irish will play for the national championship for the first time since the 1988 season. There also is a good deal of discussion about who will win the Heisman Trophy. It will almost certainly be Texas A&M’s (redshirt) freshman sensation Johnny Manziel or Manti Te’o, the heart and soul of Notre Dame’s remarkable defense.
There also will be debate about whether voters in the Associated Press poll should pick Ohio State, which is banned from the postseason, if No. 1 Notre Dame loses (to either Alabama or Georgia) in the national title game and the Buckeyes are left as the only undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
Let us also not forget the continuing humiliation of the ACC. On Saturday, three ACC schools — including the league’s two best teams — got shots to play archrivals, two of them playing at home. Here were the outcomes: Georgia 42, Georgia Tech 10; Florida 37, Florida State 26 (in Tallahassee, the Seminoles scoring a meaningless touchdown on the last play to make it that close); South Carolina 27, Clemson 17 (at Clemson, with the Gamecocks playing a second-string quarterback and a third-string — freshman — running back most of the night).