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    Knute Rockne, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant And More Stats For ND & Alabama

    First off there is a great coaching tree connection between Alabama and ND that I think is pretty cool.

    Bear Bryant starred at end for Alabama (which I am sure the Alabama fans know) opposite the great legendary end Don Hutson in the mid-30's Their coach, one of Alabama's all time greats was Frank Thomas. Thomas played QB under the legendary Knute Rockne at ND with George "Win one for the Gipper" Gipp and later with the Four Horsemen in 1922.

    Now for some more stats regarding the combatants on January 7th

    Scoring Defenses Alabama has faced
    LSU #11
    UM #16
    UGA #17
    Miss State #28
    Texas A&M #30
    W. Kentucky #51
    Auburn #65
    Missouri #66
    Ole Miss #67
    Arkansas #81
    Florida Atlantic #85
    Tenn #104
    Western Carolina #120 ( FCS school 1-11 giving up 45 points per game so that's what I made them)

    Average 57, throw out the top two and the bottom two and the avearge is 50
    Against the top four defenses Alabama faced they scored 21, 24, 32 & 41 points for an avearge of 29.5
    points per game

    Rushing Stats against the top four scoring defenses
    Alabama rushed for 166 against LSU, 232 against UM, 350 against UGA and 179 against Miss State
    Average of 232 per game

    Scoring Defenses ND has faced
    BYU #5
    MSU #10
    Stanford #14
    UM #16
    Pitt #21
    Navy #36
    OK #43
    USC #45
    Purdue #71
    BC #74
    Miami #82
    Wake Forrest #91

    Average 42, throw out the top two and the bottom two and the average is 40
    Against the top four defenses ND faced they scored 17, 20, 20, & 13 points for an average of 17.5 points per game

    Rushing stats against the top four scoring defenses
    ND rushed for 270 against BYU, 122 against MSU, 150 against Stanford, 94 against UM
    Average of 159 per game



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    Re: Knute Rockne, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant And More Stats For ND & Alabama

    It's gonna keep things fun to have you around the next 5 weeks Mav. Keep posting, you're alright in my book.
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    Re: Knute Rockne, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant And More Stats For ND & Alabama

    Also, this matchup will be...epically hyped.

    As begrudging as some of the college football world may be, this is a match made in NCAAF heaven. The young and old will be drawn to this one.
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    Re: Knute Rockne, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant And More Stats For ND & Alabama

    I am a stats junkie, so I like this... I think some of these stats get slanted (on both sides), but it makes for fun conversation!

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    Re: Knute Rockne, Frank Thomas, Bear Bryant And More Stats For ND & Alabama

    Quote Originally Posted by Nolcbear View Post
    Also, this matchup will be...epically hyped.

    As begrudging as some of the college football world may be, this is a match made in NCAAF heaven. The young and old will be drawn to this one.

    It will EASILY be the most highly watched college FB game in 20 years. The highest in the last 20 years according to USA Today was the ND-FSU "Game of the Century" back in 93. FSU was #1, ND was #2 that game was on in the afternoon and got some crazy Nilson rating between 16-18. The game in January will be prime time it will probabaly get a 20 rating.


    Great for college FB, I expect a tight game UNLESS ND turns it over. I also expect Alabama to win by 6-7 points.

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