Sport: The Big Four

Before a touchdown was scored this season, the experts spotted Notre Dame and Oklahoma as football teams most likely to succeed. With steady and sometimes brutal authority, the two giants of the midlands stood the test. As the season progressed, two less obvious candidates—Army in the East and California in the Far West—rose to join them as the big four of college football. Last week, with season's end in sight, the big four marshaled their manpower against a common enemy: overconfidence.

With Confederate flags waving, an inspired North Carolina squad held Notre Dame...

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