Notre Dame Football: Notre Dame’s BCS History

Jan 7, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te’o

As Florida State defeated Auburn for the National Title, the BCS era came to a close. Many applaud the move to a 4-team playoff. However, this may create more hostility and debate than the last system. Many forget that the system was created to get #1 and #2 in a final game against each other. It did that almost every year (possibly 2004 as an exception when Auburn went undefeated; there will always be those years 1993 when Florida State lost to Notre Dame but won the title). But, all of this is water under the bridge at this point.

Notre Dame appeared in BCS games 4 times in its history. The Irish appeared in the 2001 Fiesta Bowl, 2005 Fiesta Bowl, 2006 Sugar Bowl and 2013 National Championship Game. In the BCS era, Ohio State made the most appearances (10) in BCS bowls. The Irish were tied for 13th with their 4 appearances. However, they are dead last in victories with everyone else. The Irish have most appearances of team without a victory. Virginia Tech is the closest with 1 victory and 5 losses (.167).

The Irish can be proud that they have made it to the BCS 4 times, especially without a tie-in. In a down year in a conference, a poor team can land in the BCS. However, their 4 losses are ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is their 25.25 average margin of defeat.

Notre Dame fans long for a National Title. Perhaps, they should long for a simple “BCS Bowl” victory. It will only have to be hypothetical though. Because, these do not exist any more.

Topics: Football, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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