Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fl
8:30 p.m. ET
Jan. 7, 2013
The No. 1 and No.2 college football teams in the U.S. are set to meet in one of the most hyped-up national championship games ever.
Of important note is the fact Notre Dame entered the 2012 season nowhere considered as a contender for any title, let alone the national championship. The Fighting Irish earned their berth in this game by going undefeated – tackling a very tough schedule against worthy opponents. They beat top programs in Michigan, Michigan State, University of Miami, Stanford, Oklahoma, and USC.
The Irish fielded the nation’s best defense in 2012. Notre Dame was stingy, allowing only 10.3 points per game. They allowed no more than three TDs in any its 12 games played in 2012. The most points scored against them were 26 from the University of Pittsburgh. It really wasn’t the defense that faulted; the offense turned the ball over three times. Notre Dame’s defense led by Heisman candidate Manti Te’o will definitely be bringing their A-game to the hunt for a national title against the storied Alabama Crimson Tide. Although the Irish chalked up an unblemished record in 2012,they will be facing their strongest challenge against Alabama.
Although an upset loss against Texas A&M placed an obstacle in the way for the Crimson Tide to repeat, their extremely dominant defense did pave the way for their route to the 2013 national title game. Led by QB AJ McCarron, the highest rated collegiate passer in the land (173.1) and fielding two 1,000-yardrushing backs in Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon, the Tide did roll over many opponents this season.
This game can pretty much go either way. It will be a defensive battle since both teams will seek to move the ball downfield on the run. The key to success will be the running game with Notre Dame’s Cierre Woods and Theo Riddick seeking daylight through a tough Alabama D. Do not overlook the throwing prowess from Fighting Irish sophomore QB Everett Golson.
Notre Dame will put a finish to a Cinderella season in a close game, probably winning by a field goal.
Notre Dame 33, Alabama 30.