Alabama will take on Notre Dame for the right to be called the national champion in college football. While most pundits believe that Alabama will win this game in a rout, there is a reason why they play the game on the field. While Alabama does look like the better team on paper, Notre Dame will win this game.
Notre Dame Played The Tougher Schedule
While Alabama was playing Western Carolina, Kentucky and Auburn, the Irish were playing Oklahoma, Michigan State and Stanford. All of these games were true tests that helped Notre Dame become a stronger team. Although many people consider the SEC to be the best conference in America, there is nothing to be gained from beating teams like Western Carolina or Florida Atlantic.
Notre Dame Has The Better Defense
Alabama finished the season with four shutouts. They also finished giving up fewer points per game than Notre Dame. However, Alabama struggled against teams with so much as an average offense. For the season, Alabama gave up roughly 9 points per game. Against ranked opponents Texas A$M and LSU, the Crimson Tide gave up an average of 23 points per game. Georgia was able to put up 28 points against the Crimson Tide defense in the SEC title game. Other than a 26 point outburst by Pittsburgh, no team scored more than 17 points in a game against the Irish defense.
Notre Dame Has A Chip On There Shoulder
Notre Dame is a team that has been disrespected all season. This plays into the hands of coach Brian Kelly and defensive captain Manti Te’o. They are both emotional people who will have no problem getting the rest of the team fired up and wanting to prove to the world that the Fighting Irish are a team to be reckoned with. There is a good chance that Alabama will be flat to start the game simply because they have underestimated Notre Dame. If this happens, look for Alabama to be down 14-0 early.
The 2013 BCS title game should be one of the best in recent history. The two teams are evenly matched and feature great players on both offense and defense. However, the Irish have played a tougher schedule, have played a consistent brand of defense and have the emotional leaders who can get Notre Dame ready from the opening kickoff. These are all reasons why Notre Dame should beat Alabama for the title.
Predicted Final Score: Notre Dame 17 Alabama 14