Found January 07, 2013 on
60 Max Power O:
I know it seems like every team has played in a bowl game named after everything imaginable from the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl to the Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl to the GoDaddy.com Bowl, but the game everyone has been waiting for is finally here. The Crimson Tide of Alabama takes on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship game to see who finishes #1 and takes home the crystal trophy.
This game has been dissected from every angle, which is what happens when you have a month from the Tide’s last game and even longer for the Irish (they beat USC on November 24), but to say this short and sweet, the Tide and the Irish are very similar in every way, but the Tide get the node in this game.
This will be a hard hitting defensive struggle between two of the top 5 defenses in several categories in the NCAA such as in total yards where Alabama is #1 and ND is #5, points for ND is #1 and Alabama is #2, and offensively two top 30 rushing games with ND#29 and the Tide at #19, passing games ranked in the 70’s (Alabama is #79 and ND is #75). Two teams that have red hot all season, except for the Tide’s bad day on November 10th complements of Johnny “Football” Manziel.
So what is the big difference in the Tide winning this game?
One difference in the game are the types of teams the other had trouble with this season. The Tide’s only blemish was to a gunslinger with a ton of confidence and no conscious in Manziel. Manziel was not afraid to make mistakes and being pulled or the Tide’s vaunted defense. Other teams the Tide played always had that apprehension of getting into a battle with Alabama’s defense, in which the Tide used to their advantage in winning their games by an average of just over 30 points (39.6 points for to 9.2 against) in those victories.
The Irish on the other hand have not lost but came very close to in overtime victories to Stanford and Pittsburgh, which brought difficulties of their own in the way of turnovers. The Cardinal and Panthers each caused three turnovers in and turned them into points, while not committing any themselves. The Fighting Irish only committed 14 turnovers all season, but had six in these two overtime games. If the Tide can cause the Irish into making these mistakes, which they did 28 times all season (tied for #19 in the NCAA this year) they will have a leg up in this battle.
The Irish do have the emotional season All-American linebacker Manti Te’o’s story has experienced this year pushing them to heights they did not think were possible this year, but how far can this carry them now. Red shirt Junior QB AJ McCarron, last year’s BCS championship MVP is back for a second year and this should outweigh the emotion of Te’o brings. He also knows what to expect and should be able to handle the noise, excitement and pace
The biggest difference maker is coaching. Nick Saban has the advantage as he has been in this spot now three of the last four years winning the first two, as well as his victory in 2003 with LSU. Saban has been tough when it is on the line and this will be the same situation as last year when they came in #2 with the one loss, so he is familiar to the surroundings.
Brian Kelly had a good run with Cincinnati before coming to South Bend, winning 34 of the 40 games he coached. He was only 16-10 coming into this season, but like some of the Fighting Irish coaches have done before him, the third year is the charm, where he is 12-0 this season. Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz each won their first championships (Leahy won four and Parseghian won two) in their third season. But this did not go for everyone as even the legendary Knute Rockne did not win in his third season after going 9-0.
As much as would I would like to see the Irish quiet the Tide and win this, I just can’t see Notre Dame pulling this one out. Sorry Irish but Tide by 14, 28-14.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
A.J. McCarron confirmed in the last few days that Katherine Webb is his girlfriend, making him exactly what we figured — one of the luckiest guys around.
Word emerged a few weeks ago that the two appeared to be dating. Most of the hints came from Webb’s Twitter account. The Auburn graduate and Miss Alabama even talked about trading in the Tigers for the Crimson Tide. The two...
Aside from the Alabama offense the highlight of tonight’s National Championship Game has to be ESPN camera’s catching Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron’s mom and girlfriend sitting by each other and Brent Musburger’s reaction. Katherine Webb, McCarron’s girlfriend and Ms. Alabama has to be the first Auburn alum to wear an Alabama jersey out in [...]
With Alabama already up 14-0 on Notre Dame BCS Championship Game, Brent Musburger decided to turn his attention to Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend Katherine Webb.
And for Musburger, that means saying things like, “what a beautiful woman, wow!” Then following it up with a “Whoa!”
The post Make no mistake about it, Brent Musburger loves AJ McCarron’s...
In back-to-back national championship games against top-ranked defenses, Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron has completed 43 of 62 passes and thrown four touchdowns without a single interception.
As he sat at a podium on his old turf at Sun Life Stadium, Alabama head coach Nick Saban was badgered some more about a potential return to the NFL. He says it's not happening.
During last night’s BCS National Championship rout game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, ESPN showed a short clip of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron’s girlfriend, Miss Alabamba, Katherine Webb.
Immediately after that clip, Miss Alabama starting gaining twitter followers at an absurd rate. According to the master of useless statistical tweets...
Alabama football is good. There’s no way around it. No other way of saying it. Alabama is a good football team. Say what you want about Nick Saban and his demeanor as a head coach, but the guy has simply put together one of the best programs in college football history.
The teams that Alabama has had the past couple seasons could, in my opinion, compete with and beat any team you...
Here is an interview with Miss Alabama Katherine Webb who talks about her views on the porn industry as well as if marijuana should be legalized or not. Webb was shown numerous times on ESPN's broadcast of the BCS title game on Monday night because she is the current girlfriend of Alabama's quarterback A.J. McCarron.
The Alabama Crimson Tide have won 3 BCS titles in 4 years. It’s now safe to say that Nick Saban has created a dynasty. When you lose your whole defense to the NFL in the first round and repeat as BCS Champs there’s only one thing to do, attempt a 3rd title in 3 years.
Notre Dame fought bravely for 1 minute before the Alabama offensive line began to push the talented Irish defense...
Scratch Brian Kelly’s name from the list of teams seeking a new head coach. While meeting with reporters on Saturday, Kelly said that leaving Notre Dame “isn’t an option.”
While saying a move to the NFL was intriguing., Kelly believes he is in the right place right now.
“I think from my perspective I’ve got the best job in the country, NFL, college, high school, whatever...
Former MLB outfielder Jai Miller is trading in his baseball glove for a football helmet instead.The 27-year old has enrolled at the University of Alabama with the intent to play football for the Crimson Tide, according to BamaOnline. Miller reportedly spoke to Alabama head coach Nick Saban recently about the move, and is expected to play safety for the Tide, who are preparing to...
We're about 48 hours away from the BCS Championship Game between college football heavyweights Notre Dame and Alabama. Ty Hildenbrandt, co-host of The Solid Verbal podcast and CBR contributor, checks in with Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss the scene in Miami.
Ty and Allen talk about:
*Ty flossing on South Beach.
*How truly boring the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish...