Perhaps the most depressing and annoying part of ND going to the title game is not all the media buzz or the fact that they pulled a bunch of wins out of their Irish asses this year, but ultimately that another of the historic college football heavy weights will be going to the biggest game. We've been close, but as we all know never made the BCS title game, leaving us one last year to get there and all the 6 week media love fest that comes with it. The BCS era will not be a remembered fondly for us Wolverines. Our Orange and Sugar Bowl conquests while glorious, can't outweigh the beat downs administered by USC in the Rose and the heart breaker to VY's Longhorns.
Including this year, that's 13 years of the BCS, with Michigan holding a 2-3 record in those Bowls. Sorry but I think we all have higher expectations than just 5 appearances. This will be Notre Dame's 4th BCS bowl appearance. They have yet to win one, but of course, a victory in the championship game would make up for all that. Point being, we are no more relevant than ND. With ND now on the list, it seems that all historic football "powerhouses" except Michigan, Penn State, and Georgia have managed to make it to the title game. Georgia has a shot next week. The following have all gone to a BCS title game.
LSU (Not sure if they are part of "historic elite", but with 2 BCS titles and 3 championship game appearances, couldn't leave them out)
I consider Oregon, V Tech, and Auburn outside the "historic elite" programs.
So how we looking for a title run next year?