The year that was in college football

Now that the 2012 college football season is in the books, it seems like a great time to turn our attentions toward the 2013 season. With that thought in mind, I've compiled a very, very early top 25 preseason poll which you can find on OrlandoSentinel.com/collegegridiron.

Odds for next season

Speaking of next season, the odds makers at Bovada.lv have put together their early odds to win the 2013-14 national championship. To no surprise, Alabama is the early favorite at 5-to-1 odds with Oregon (8/1), Ohio State (17/2), LSU (12/1) and Texas A&M (12/1) rounding out the top five. Florida and Florida State both came in at 14-to-1 odds. USF was at 300-to-1 odds.

Kelly to stick at Notre Dame


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It's been a rough week for the Notre Dame faithful. It started with Monday's disastrous 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game, a game where the Fighting Irish looked overmatched in every facet of the game. It was followed by head coach Brian Kelly's flirtations with the NFL, which ended Saturday night with the third-year Irish coach confirming that he was staying put at Notre Dame. "This decision was motivated purely by my love for Notre Dame and the entire Fighting Irish community, the young men I have the great fortune to coach, and my desire to continue to build the best football program in the country," Kelly said in a statement released by the school. Kelly's departure would have come as a major blow for a Notre Dame football program which spent decades in college football irrelevance and was just now finding its way back into the collective conscious of football fans.

Bowl ratings from ESPN

More than 15 million people tuned in to watch the five BCS bowl games this season, up 7 percent from last season according to numbers released by ESPN. The five games drew an average household rating of 10.1, which was up 4 percent from last season. Despite being a blowout, the BCS National Championship Game was the second most-viewed and second highest-rated program in cable television history with the game averaging a little more than 26 million viewers and drawing a 15.1 rating.

The other 28 bowl games featured on the ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ABC saw an average of a little more than 3.66 million viewers, up 5 percent from last season.

For the 12th straight season, Birmingham, Ala., was the top rated college football television market with a 8.9 season average. Jacksonville (3.6) was fifth with Orlando (2.2) tied for 17th, Tampa/St. Pete (2.1) market tied for 20th and West Palm Beach (2.0) tied for 22nd.

On the Web

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