While Sunday will be about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrating their huge win over USC and the team’s undefeated season, this is all setting up for one of the biggest losses in the university’s history against Alabama in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
Once the Crimson Tide beat Georgia in the SEC championship, Nick Saban and Alabama will move on to the task of returning Notre Dame to reality; the Fighting Irish aren’t on the same level as most teams in the SEC.
With a huge loss in the BCS National Championship Game, Notre Dame will prove that the SEC is the premier conference in college football.
Fighting Irish faithful will point to Notre Dame’s No. 2-ranked defense (allowing just 10.3 points per game) as the reason the Irish can beat Alabama, but the Crimson Tide have a great defensive unit as well.
The Irish are No. 2 defensively because the top spot in college football belongs to Alabama, with just 9.3 points allowed per game; if were judging on defenses alone, this battle goes to the Crimson Tide.
As wild as it sounds, Notre Dame and Alabama average the exact same amount of pass yards each game—ranking 78th in the nation with an average of 218.8 yards per game—and both have an amazingly similar amount of rushing yards per game as well.
While the Crimson Tide have the edge with 214.2 yards per game on the ground (22nd-ranked unit in the sport), the Fighting Irish have a not-too-shabby 202.5 yards per game (27th in the nation).
With so much in common, the biggest—and most important—difference between these teams is the ability to get in the end zone. Notre Dame has been involved in close battles all season, but it has failed to average many points, finishing the regular season 76th and averaging just 26.8 points per game.
Alabama has been an offensive juggernaut at times this year, averaging 39 points per game this season (15th in college football), and it has been even better on special teams.
As talented as Notre Dame has been all year and as great as its undefeated season looks on paper, the future SEC champions, the Alabama Crimson Tide, will destroy the Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on January 7 and capture the 2013 BCS National Championship.
So much for Notre Dame’s perfect season and all this destiny that fans keep talking about.
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