Yeah, I mean I agree with the basic idea that Alabama is the more talented team: a good bit more explosive offensively, not as good defensively as a year ago but still within the same area code of Notre Dame's this year. On paper, Alabama would be winning by that -10 Vegas line. My only point is that there are a lot of things that Notre Dame does well which are a recipe for a tough, tough game.
I wonder if Chris Black will actually get a chance to play in championship.... I think they would probably come up with new plays we haven't seen before..... Maybe they'll go back to I formation?
We are champions. We can prove it! *counting 15 championships*
Either way I agree with you that our running game will be of utmost importance. I'm optimistic given the way Lacy has looked at the end of this season.
It will be more of a slug fest than people want to think. This isn't a typical ND team which plays in a bowl 3 levels above where they should because the media puts them there. They will be very physical and emotionally pumped up. That being said Bama is still stronger (especially in the trenches). Plus any team which Coach Saban has a month to plan against is in deep trouble. IMO the best games Bama plays are the opening games.
“We will get there…I promise you that.” -Coach Saban
ROLL TIDE ROLL!
Yeah, I've noticed the trend that we usually play the best off a "layoff" whether it is to open the season in one of those big games or in a bowl. We're usually the most healthy at that moment and the staff has had ample time to research the opponent. We look fresh and well-prepared in these settings.
On Paper this will be about like the Michigan game. Mich. held ND to 92 yards rushing and gained 161. That same D was shredded for over 200 yds rushing in about 3 quarters against Bama. The thing is neither team is the same now and the game ain't played on paper. If both teams play to their potential Bama will win going away. I hope that is the case.
To me, the key to the game is all about how healthy our key players can get. If all of our key players, such as Williams and Jones, are at 100% healthy, then I don't think it really matters what or how ND plays.