Leak has the numbers, but lacks the ring

Updated: August 24, 2006, 4:34 PM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Among the many provocative questions debated at a recent ESPN college football think tank was this:

Why did Notre Dame's 9-3 in 2005 play to much better reviews than Florida's 9-3?

Here's why, from my perspective:

• Deservedly or not, Florida began the season in almost every top 10. Notre Dame was outside almost every top 25. Given those starting points, one underachieved and one overachieved.

• Florida has had enough recent success that 9-3 doesn't dilate many pupils. ...

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