The Crimson vs. The Crimson Tide: Who's The Real No. 1?

Published by Michael D. Ledecky on January 08, 2013 at 11:28PM

After No. 2 Alabama soundly defeated No. 1 Notre Dame, 42-14, in the BCS title game last night, few football analysts would object to the claim that the Crimson Tide is the best college team in the nation.

But Harvard football players may validly argue that, on paper, they could hang with Katherine Webb's boyfriend and the Toast of Tuscaloosa. How could a second-place Ivy League team in the FCS beat the best of the BCS, you ask? Well, with the help of more than a few key upsets and sixteen degrees of separation, Harvard does just that.

Here's how:

Harvard beat Yale, 34-24;

Yale beat Georgetown, 24-21;

Georgetown beat Wagner, 13-10;

Wagner beat Colgate, 31-20;

Colgate beat Lehigh, 35-24;

Lehigh beat Liberty, 28-26;

Liberty beat Stony Brook, 28-14;

Stony Brook beat Army, 23-3;

Army beat BC, 34-31;

BC beat Maryland, 20-17;

Maryland beat Temple, 36-27;

Temple beat South Florida, 37-28;

South Florida beat Connecticut, 13-6;

Connecticut beat Louisville, 23-20;

Louisville beat Florida, 33-23;

Florida beat Texas A&M, 20-17;

Texas A&M beat Alabama, 29-24.