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THREE FOR THE MONEY
Chris Nashawaty
December 31, 2012
SIX TEAMS, EIGHT HOURS, THREE OVERTIMES, 10 LEAD CHANGES AND 206 POINTS: HOW ONE EVENING IN NOVEMBER SHAPED THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP AND BECAME, EASILY, THE BEST DAY OF SPORTS IN 2012
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December 31, 2012

Three For The Money

SIX TEAMS, EIGHT HOURS, THREE OVERTIMES, 10 LEAD CHANGES AND 206 POINTS: HOW ONE EVENING IN NOVEMBER SHAPED THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP AND BECAME, EASILY, THE BEST DAY OF SPORTS IN 2012

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Notre Dame ... 29

Pitt ... 26

7 p.m. EDT

#4 Oregon (8--0) #17 USC (6--2) at Memorial Coliseum

Charles Davis (Fox analyst): One of the first things you look at once the calendar is set is a matchup like Oregon-USC. We all play the same game, trying to figure out whether these teams will be ranked 1 and 2 on Nov. 3.

Gus Johnson (Davis's play-by-play partner): We'd thought this one might be for a berth into the national-title game. USC was No. 1 in the preseason, and we knew Oregon was going to be top five.

Davis: Then you realize that it falls on the same day as Alabama-LSU. Man, how great is that? As we were getting ready to go on the air we learned, Wow, Pitt's got the lead! I'm not a guy who punches up Twitter every 12 seconds, but on that day people were going to bring that news to you because Oregon was undefeated, and suddenly it was like, What does this mean to our game?

Johnson: I remember saying, "Pitt's blowing them out!" And Charles said to me, "But it's Notre Dameā€”the luck of the Irish...."

Lane Kiffin (USC coach): I saw a few clips of the Notre Dame game in my office before I went out for warmups, and Pitt was ahead by eight. It looked like that game was over.

Chuck McDonald (Fox producer): USC had lost a couple of games already, but everything was back on the table if they could beat Oregon.

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