By "quality", I didn't mean the opponent, per se, although BYU (lost to anybody that was good), Pitt (finished 3-4 in conf), Purdue (3-5 in confr) and MSU (finished 3-5 in confr) - all finished out of the top 25 (don't care how they were ranked early/mid-season). My reference to "quality" had to do with the margin of victory, and narrowly escaping with the W. So, I'll stand by my statement.
No disrespect to ND. I think they are a good team, and far exceeded anyone's expectations, with, perhaps, those on the team. But clearly, not ready to be in the national championship against a team of Alabama's caliber.
I think these blowouts happen due to 6 weeks of not playing real football, that has to stop. Bring on the playoffs.
I certainly agree. I think most people agree. That said, a similar argument has been used - twice - by OSU fans after their beatdown. It is, what it is.
The lengthy layoff can be used to heal injuries, as well as to get your gameplan all worked out. Or, if not properly utilized by the coaches, 6 weeks of layoff can contibute to a players lack of focus, motivation and laziness. But that's on the coaches. Both teams operate under the same situation.