When I first heard that Auburn may recognize more NCAA National Football Championships than they currently do, I went to the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS Football Record Book to see how many the NCAA recognizes. (Much fewer than they plan to claim.)
But while I was browsing the list of champions, I found something odd. Something wrong. Dead wrong.
Notre Dame is listed as 2012 BCS National Champions.
As an Alabama alumnus, I distinctly remember the beating Alabama laid on the Irish in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game--the game that decided the champions of the 2012 season--the season of which the NCAA says Notre Dame was champion.
I wondered if it was because Notre Dame was ranked #1 in the final BCS Standings of the 2012 season since the BCS Standings aren't updated after the bowl games. But if that were the case, LSU would be listed as 2011 BCS National Champions. They aren't.
So I reached out to the SEC office, who confirmed my suspicion: this was an error. They were going to contact the NCAA.
It's not a typo. Someone who works in the NCAA Division I Football FBS Statistics Department (yes, it's that specific) typed in that Alabama was the Associated Press, Dunkel, Football Writers Association of America, National Football Foundation, and USA Today National Champion, then typed, "Notre Dame: BCS".
I spoke to the NCAA today, and they told me that they had been notified of the error (by the SEC office?) and that it was corrected in the new version of the book, which will be available soon.