There is one word you've been hearing a lot lately to describe the best college football teams in the country. It is a strange word for a sport of violence. It is an odd way to describe our modern gladiators.
That word is "smart."
Smart will be leading the Fighting Irish into the national championship game. Smart will be carrying the Cardinal into the Pac-12 title game. Smart is beating people's brains out everywhere, from nine-win Northwestern to eight-win Vanderbilt to the entirely decent likes of Rice and Duke.
Those six schools, the only BCS members ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top 20 national universities, have a combined record of 51-21 and will be playing in bowls this winter in the same season for the first time in history.
Talk about revenge of the nerds.