The biggest thing that ND and Te'o and a very biased national media overlooked was that Bama and other SEC teams face good or better linebackers like Te'o every week...I've watched ND play several times in 2012, I never saw what all the hype over him was about. Jarvis Jones at UGA is better, and Minter at LSU another, imho. Clowney, not a linebacker but clearly wreaks havoc on the line every week and definitely a better player in my book.
Bama is just that good but I believe it's because the SEC competition is that good too and the media was so bent on trying to take the SEC down they hyped up ND into some unstoppable force and Notre Dame players bought the hype.
I left work early yesterday to watch the coverage and it was still all talk aka blather about ND and "how was Bama gonna handle that ND awesome front 7" and comparisons of Golson to Manziel all day leading up to kickoff, as has been for weeks. No props/coverage given Bama other than B. Jones or McCarron snippets here and there. Even Herbstreit stated he felt BAMA was likely feeling cocky because of "14" and he felt ND would come out and take it to them. How wrong could he be.
Mosely played a great game and definitely was an impact for the Bama defense...you couldn't say that for Te'o at all. Biggest stage of all, and he was a no-show. Big time players show up. Sorry if thats harsh, just the way I see it. Bama's whole team showed up.
All we heard was that ND seemed to be a team of destiny. Last night, destiny was wearing crimson & white.
Congrats to Coach Saban, the staff, and the whole team...thank you for all the hard work, long hours, the amazing games, the thrill of the win, and the finish. Thank you for the heart and discipline you displayed throughout the season. Thank you for building a dynasty at Alabama that is unlike any we've seen in the modern era of college football.
What an amazing, amazing accomplishment in so short a time.