As college football fans around the nation anxiously await the national title game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide, there is one question that runs through their minds?
Can Notre Dame beat Alabama?
Why is this question being asked after Notre Dame is clearly the number one team in the country, and was very impressive throughout the season?
Alabama is close to winning its third national title in the last four years.
Notre Dame and Alabama are battling for bragging rights. Both the Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide are used to winning national titles.
Many college football critics argue that the Crimson Tide are in the best conference in college football.
On the other hand, Notre Dame can argue that it has one of the toughest schedules in college football. Notre Dame’s daunting defense has allowed only 10.3 points a game.
What are keys to the game?
Alabama has a strong defense, and falls behind Notre Dame in allowing 10.7 points a game. Alabama will rely on their leader, A.J McCarron, who has thrown 26 touchdowns this past season, and only three interceptions. Alabama’s defense could give Notre Dame’s young quarterback trouble.
Everett Golson is a young exciting quarterback, who has thrown 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. A big question for the Fighting Irish will be Golson’s inexperience.
Golson showed up big in his performance against Oklahoma. Golson is very quick on his feet and has a good arm. Golson will need to rely on protection from his offensive line.
A key to Notre Dame’s success this past season was their offensive line. Notre Dame’s rushing attack has wore down many of their opponents this season.
Are they able to wear down a strong and experienced Crimson Tide defensive line?
Experience will be the key to winning the national championship next Monday night. Alabama’s 3-4 schemes boasts two seniors and a junior, while Notre Dame’s offensive line has four seniors and a junior.
History will be made next Monday night when two historical programs take the field in the battle for the national championship.
Can Coach Kelly give his team the motivation to pull off the upset that so many fans believe will not happen—Notre Dame beating Alabama?