A Perfect Matchup for College Football

Jan 07, 2013 -- 11:25am


It keeps getting better and more interesting, this BCS Championship Game matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame.

From the moment it was determined they would play for the national championship it was a good bet it would be the most watched college football ever. Which schools would challenge Alabama and Notre Dame as the most iconic college teams in the sport’s history? (I hear you Wolverines, Longhorns, Nittany Lions and others, but you’re wrong.)

The Crimson Tide and Irish will attract not only casual viewers, but people who don’t watch another game all season – sorta like a Super Bowl. While the academic staffs at the two schools don’t appreciate it, when you mention the University of Alabama and Notre Dame University your first thought is football. Imagines of Knute Rockne, Bear Bryant, the Four Horsemen, Ronald Reagan playing the role of The Gipper, Rudy, Forrest Gump and perhaps even Joe Willy Namath immediately come to mind.

Initially, most observers figured Alabama would win in a rout, but that perception has changed as teams from the mighty SEC – namely LSU and Florida – haven fallen during bowl season. Now the Tide looks more vulnerable. Still a 9 ½-point favorite, but the line is down from the opening 14 points.

I fired up and ready for tonight’s kickoff.

I don’t, however, expect to be fired up for long because I still think Alabama wins in a rout. I expect Bama’s offensive line to control the game. I expect QB A.J. McCarron to hit some deep throws early, and then I expect Bama to run over, around and through the Irish defense.

While I applaud Notre Dame’s season and offer kudos to Coach Brian Kelly, I don’t think Notre Dame can compete for four quarters with the Tide. Understand I’m not an SEC Snob. Far from one, in fact. But I think the Irish would be challenged to finish in the top two of either SEC division.

I love the matchup. It provides for great hype` and that’s something the BCS Championship Game needs because it is played SIX WEEKS after the regular season ends.

More good news is you won’t have to stay up until midnight tonight because the game will be decided by midway the third quarter – if not earlier.

Alabama 34, Notre Dame 14.

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