Unless, of course, you count the silly season, with coaching changes, which is ongoing. Or recruiting, which heats up over the next month. Or offseason conditioning, which leads right into spring football. And once you finish that, it’s only two and a half short months — full of conference realignment rumors, no doubt — to the ACC Kickoff. And by then the 2013 season is right around the corner.
So it’s not that far off.
Anyway, Alabama’s overwhelming victory against Notre Dame gave the SEC its seventh straight BCS championship. It also kept the Fighting Irish from joining the BCS winners club. Notre Dame joins Nebraska, Oregon and Virginia Tech as teams that have made a title game in the BCS’s 15 years, but didn’t win (debate however you’d like how USC’s vacated title** should count on this list):
- Alabama 3-0
- LSU 2-1
- Florida 2-0
- Oklahoma 1-3
- Florida State 1-2
- Ohio State 1-2
- Miami 1-1
- Texas 1-1
- USC 1-1**
- Auburn 1-0
- Tennessee 1-0
- Nebraska 0-1
- Notre Dame 0-1
- Oregon 0-1
- Virginia Tech 0-1
You’ll notice Alabama at the top. The Crimson Tide has won three of the last four BCS titles, will be two-time defending national champs and presumably the top-ranked team in the nation when it takes on Virginia Tech in the season opener in the Georgia Dome on Aug. 31.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban, as you’d expect, was already thinking about next season shortly after the title game.
Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum had a snappy response:
@vt_football: 1. He a couple days late. I already started working!— Antone Exum Jr. (@IAmSwag1) January 8, 2013
Did the Hokies junior just tip his hand that he’ll be returning for his senior season? He’s still made no official declaration, although that tweet seems to indicate he’ll be in a Virginia Tech uniform when the Hokies take on the Crimson Tide 8 1/2 months from now.
Until then, I’ll keep the blog going throughout the offseason, so continue to check back frequently.