BCS championship: The Oklahoman's staff picks

The Oklahoman's college football team picks Monday's winner in the BCS National Championship between Notre Dame and Alabama.
by Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson and Michael Baldwin and John Helsley and Jason Kersey and Gina Mizell and Stephanie Kuzydym Published: January 6, 2013

Jason Kersey, OU beat writer

NOTRE DAME 23, ALABAMA 20

Notre Dame reminds me of Oklahoma's 2000 title team. A traditional power that's long been dormant, the Irish continue finding ways to win — even when they aren't playing their best. Like Bob Stoops' second OU team, I think Notre Dame reclaims its past glory Monday with a victory over the one-loss defending national champion in South Florida.

Mike Baldwin, Big 12 beat writer

ALABAMA 20-17

Manti Te'o and the Irish defense is good enough to post an upset, but the Crimson Tide narrowly escapes. 'Bama quarterback AJ McCarron makes a big play late to spark a comeback.

Gina Mizell, OSU beat writer

ALABAMA 21, NOTRE DAME 20

Though these are two programs many college football fans hate, there's a lot to love about this matchup. Two elite defenses. Two fantastic coaches. Two great fight songs. But in a game that's likely to be low-scoring and come down to the fourth quarter, I like the team with the more experienced quarterback. That's Alabama's AJ McCarron, who had a breakout performance in last year's BCS title game. Look for him to lead a game-winning or game-clinching drive in the final period.

Stephanie Kuzydym, OU beat writer

NOTRE DAME 35, ALABAMA 24


by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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by Gina Mizell
OSU Sports Reporter
Gina Mizell joined The Oklahoman in August of 2011 as the Oklahoma State beat writer, where she covered the Cowboys' historic run to the Big 12 championship and Fiesta Bowl in her first season on the job. Before arriving in Stillwater, Gina was...
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by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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