The BCS National Championship Game Preview - Notre Dame versus Alabama
Prediction: Notre Dame 20 Alabama 17
Can The Fighting Irish capture its first national championship since 1988?
The time has come. The long wait through inconsequential bowl games is finally over. It’s for real now and for all the marbles. Even the Mayans never could have predict a preseason-unranked football team coming of a lackluster 201 campaign led by a green Sophomore to boot would finish 2012 with a perfect season and stand on the precipice of a national championship. Notre Dame (12-0) gets to cement its place in College Football history on January 7th in the Discover BCS National Championship Game against SEC champs the Alabama Crimson Tide (12-1) to be played in Miami Gardens, Florida at Sun Life Stadium. The action starts at 8:30 pm and will be broadcast on ESPN.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish trounced their west coast rivals USC 22-12 to finish their 12-0 season and RB Theo Riddick finished the game with 146 yards rushing and one touchdown. Alabama prevailed over the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game 32-28 back on December 1st. Junior RB Eddie Lacy rushed for two touchdowns on 181 yards rushing that day for the Crimson Tide.
Since 1973 Notre Dame and Alabama have met six times. Notre Dame leads the series 5-1. In their last meeting in 1987, he Crimson Tidet fell to the Fighting Irish under Lou Holz in his second season 37-6 in South Bend. The best game In the schools’ rivalry was billed the as “The Game of The Century” that saw the third-ranked Fighting Irish battle the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the 1976 Sugar Bowl. Alabama lost 24-23 on a crucial missed extra point. In spite of the victory, Notre Dame shared the national championship that year with Alabama as the AP and UPI polls ranked each school number one respectively.
This time around there will be no ties. The winner takes it all.
Here is a preview of the two top teams in the country:
Notre Dame Offense:
The squad, motored by its QB Everett Golson, ranks 76th in the nation in scoring averaging 26.8 points per game.
Golson (2135 Passing YDs, 11 TDs, 59% completion percentage) has turned into a steady and reliablepocket passer over the course of the year, making great reads and decisions in leading his team to a perfect season.
His mobility and elusiveness (305 Rushing YDs, 5 TDs) will actually be encouraged on January 7th against an Alabama team that has suffered a rack of recent losses to dual-threat QBs including Heisman-winners Johnny Manzeil, Tim Tebow, and Cam Newton. Each had averaged 250 yards passing, 2 TDs, and 36 rushing yards in victory over Alabama. These stats are not out of the Irish QB’s reach.
The Offense is motored by its Running Back triumvirate of Cierre Woods (740 yds, 4 TDs), Theo Riddick (880 YDs, 5 TDs) and George Atkinson III (361 yds, 5 TDs) . For the second straight season the Fighting Irish have rushed for over 2,000 yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
All-American Tyler Eifert, the team’s leading receiver with 624 yards and 4 TDs will look to have a game for the ages in his final year on the team.
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