Alabama versus Notre Dame (BCS National Championship)


First let let start by saying that I believe the Crimson Tide are going to wipe Notre Dame off the map.

Here are the break-downs of the two teams games that got them to where they are today.

First (Alabama)
Game 1 – 41 -14 (against #8 ranked Michigan)
Game 2 – 35 – 0
Game 3 – 52 – 0
Game 4 – 40 – 7
Game 5 – 33 -14
Game 6 – 42 -10
Game 7 – 44 -13
Game 8 – 38 – 7 (against #11 ranked Mississippi State)
Game 9 – 21 – 17 (against #5 ranked LSU)
Game 10 – 24 – 29 (loss against #15 Texas A&M, whose QB won the Heisman)
Game 11 – 49 – 0
Game 12 – 49 – 0
Game 13 – 32 – 28 (against #3 ranked Georgia in the SEC Championship game)

Overall Scoring
Alabama = 500
Opponents = 139

Second (Notre Dame)
Game 1 – 50 – 10
Game 2 – 20 – 17
Game 3 – 20 – 3 (against #10 ranked Michigan State)
Game 4 – 13 – 6 (against #18 ranked Michigan)
Game 5 – 41 – 3
Game 6 – 20 – 13 (against #17 ranked Stanford in OT)
Game 7 – 17 – 14
Game 8 – 30 – 13 (against #8 ranked Oklahoma)
Game 9 – 29 – 26 (3 OT against UN-RANKED Pitt)
Game 10 – 21 – 6
Game 11 – 38 – 0
Game 12 – 22 – 13

Overall Scoring
Notre Dame = 321
Opponents = 134

Some things to note.

1. Notre Dame didn’t have to play in a conference championship game. And as such didn’t have to play against one of the best teams (Georgia) in the country at the time.
2. The only common team played by both Alabama and Notre Dame was Michigan; where the margin of victory was heavily in favor of Alabama.
3. People like to talk about strength of schedule, and some actually argue that Notre Dame’s strength of schedule was harder than Alabama’s; however I disagree. The ranked teams that Alabama had to play, for the most part, were worthy of their ranking. For Notre Dame, the same can not be said.
4. Lastly, Notre Dame squeaked by 6 games by a margin of victory of only 9 points or less. 2 of those games were won in overtime and most embarrassingly 1 of them was against Pittsburgh who actually missed a game winning field goal in double overtime.

The luck of the Irish may have gotten them there, but they’re going to get a real taste of smack you in the mouth football when they face a real SEC powerhouse, the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Championship game in Miami.

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