The 2013 BCS title game takes place tonight in a true match-up of college football's version of David vs. Goliath. The No. 1 team in the country, Notre Dame, is almost a two touchdown underdog vs. No. 2 Alabama.
If Alabama wins tonight, they will be back to back champs and it will be their third title in four seasons. That surely would put the Tide as one of the best teams in NCAA history.
So, do the Irish have a chance to shock the football world tonight?
Sure they do, and it all will depend on the big guys up front.
If the Irish defense can get to QB AJ McCarron with studs Stephon Tuitt and 326-pound nose tackle Louis Nix, they have the size to compete with Alabama's offensive line. Notre Dame has just as good of a defense, if not better, then Alabama. The Irish led the country with 10.3 points allowed per game and was sixth with 288.1 yards.
Just to realize how impressive that is, just look at who the Irish played this season.
The Irish had one of the toughest schedule's in NCAA football in 2012, knocking off highly ranked teams Oklahoma, Stanford, Michigan and USC. While Alabama does play in the tough SEC conference, their schedule wasn't half as tough as Notre Dame's.
Actually, 'Bama faced the worst the SEC offers, except when they went up against Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M who handed them there only defeat of the season, and if it wasn't for Georgia falling asleep at the wheel in the last 30 seconds of the SEC title game, Alabama wouldn't even be here.
Wins over Missouri (2-6), Tennessee (1-7), Arkansas (2-6) and Auburn (0-8) in the SEC conference, added to their out of conference victories over Western Carolina (1-9), Western Kentucky (7-6) and Florida Atlantic (3-9) aren't much to write home about.
Hmm...Am I the only one seeing this?
Now, I'm not taking anything away from Coach Saban and the Tide. They don't make the schedule, they just play it. Alabama beat everyone they faced this season except Texas A&M, so they do deserve a shot to defend their title.
I just think Notre Dame is really getting over looked. If the Irish can control the ball and get the run game cranked up they have a great shot to win tonight and pull off the huge upset.
It just won't be an upset to me.