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BAMA ROLLS PAST HELPLESS NOTRE DAME 42-14 FOR 3RD CRYSTAL FOOTBALL IN 4 YEARS
There's no mystery as to the best team in college football team this season after the Alabama Crimson Tide hammered number one ranked Notre Dame 42-14 in Miami's BCS Championship game Monday night.
A J McCarron threw 4 touchdown passes while Eddie Lacy bulled his way past the Fightin' Irish defense for 140 yards and two touchdowns as Bama took an early 14 point lead and led 28-0 at the half.
Bama's offensive line,in my opinion, won this game. Led by Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack, they controlled Notre Dame's defensive front all night and kept McCarron's jersey pretty and clean. Jones showed little sign of being hampered by what we thought was a sprained ankle sustained in the Georgia game, but now we have learned he had ligament damage in his foot and will require surgery pretty soon. Now sportsfans, that's wanting to play.
Eddie Lacy had probably his best game of his Alabama career last night in Miami. After fighting injury issues for most of the season, he looked healthy, rested and ready to run into some golden helmets. Lacy was voted Offensive Player of the Game and now must decide between the NFL and coming back for his senior season. His NFL stock had to rocket last night.
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Notre Dame is the undefeated, number one team in the country, right? Then why are they 10 point underdogs in Vegas? The suits out there don't think the Fightin' Irish have much of a chance. Those guys are a lot more right than wrong when it comes to these type numbers, sportsfans. Bama has been there before, playing in three of the last four BCS title games while Notre Dame is tasting their first ever BCS championship appearance.
I know, I know, they have eight national titles but the last one was in 1988 and before the BCS era. Their relevancy this year has been a long time coming, but I will say this: They are well-coached. Third-year head coach Brian Kelley has returned the shine to the dome, and in just his third season, has them sixty minutes away from a national championship.
The irish defense has been down-right nasty this season, led by All-American linebacker Man't Tao. While the offense was getting over growing pains early in the season, this defense won games. The front seven is led by Tao, nose-guard Louis Nix and defensive end Kapron Lewis Moore. This bunch is tough and I look for them to attempt to stop Bama's running attack with seven or eight players in the box. The irish seconday appears to be the weak link and may not have the speed to stay with Amari Cooper.
Alabama has a chance to grab a piece of history by winning three championships in four years, last accomplished by Nebraska in the mid-90's.
Bama can also extend the SEC's championship streak to 7, but most importantly to Bama fans, it would come at the expense of bitter nemesis Notre Dame. I can't help but believe that Alabama owes the Irish a long-time-coming championship game butt whipping. I wish I could sit here and say we are all going to enjoy watching our Crimson Tide run up and down the field tonight, but I just can't. I think it's going to be a defensive, hard-hitting affair.
A key for Bama is senior center and team leader Barrett Jones, who injured his left foot early in the SEC championship game in Atlanta. He just returned to practice last week after having his foot in a protective boot. His presence is vital to the success of the running game. If you watch the brutal line play tonight, you will see where the game will be won and lost. If Notre Dame can stop Bama's two-headed rushing attack of Eddie Lacy and T J Yelding and force A J to pass on 3rd and long, then it could be a long night. Saying that, I expect a lot of play-action passes from Bama and A J, to me an obvious way to exploit the Irish secondary.
I also expect Bama to bring constant pressure on defense on freshman quarterback Everette Golson . He's no Johnny Football but he does have some wheels.
Well, I guess it's about that time for a prediction, so here goes. Remember, sportsfans, don't try this at home.
This is going to be a good one, but us SEC football fans are used to good, physical, hit-you-in-the-face defense and that's just what we are going to see in this game, on both sides of the ball. If more than 20 points total are scored in this game, I will be surprised. I think this game will go into the half either scoreless or Bama leading 7-0. I see Saban, the best dang coach in the world, sitting on the ball, taking the air out of it and running the ball and the clock down Notre Dame's throat. My fearless prediction: Bama 14 ND 0
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