No. 1 Notre Dame 22, USC 13
The Fighting Irish are BCS title game bound. Notre Dame completed an improbable undefeated regular season by surviving USC in Los Angeles to lock up a spot in Miami on Jan. 7. Everett Golson didn't throw a touchdown pass, but the Irish relied on the stout defense that's helped them all year, stopping the Trojans four consecutive times from the one-yard line as the seconds ticked away. Notre Dame has not won a title in 24 years.