Old School Beating

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This was the matchup that people had been waiting for as two of the most storied programs would face off for the Nation Championship. It was to be a game between two old school teams playing old school football. Defence against defence with the National Championship going to the offence that can break through first. One of the big matchups inside the game would not just be two legendary teams facing off but instead the dominance of the SEC. The SEC has won the last six BCS Championships and has been the dominant conference in the NCAA. They are consistently considered the toughest conference in the NCAA and teams that come out of the conference tend to win the biggest games. This year Alabama would be back representing the SEC and looking to prove that they are still the best conference in the NCAA. Then there were the fans from outside of the SEC who were sick of hearing about the talent in the conference. To them Notre Dame was a chance to end the streak and end the dominance of the SEC. Notre Dame would represent the independent schools that they have been a part of since the program was created. They would also represent all of those schools not a part of the SEC that were hoping to end the cockiness of SEC fans. From the start of the game it seemed as though the Irish would not be able to do it as the Crimson Tide would show just how good the SEC conference can be. The Crimson Tide would begin the game with a 61 yard TD drive to go ahead 7-0 early thanks to the run game led by Eddie Lacy. The Irish defence was the key for this team and they had just been exploited by both the arm of AJ McCarron and the legs of Eddie Lacy. Clearly something needed to happen for the Irish to get back and it would fall on Everett Golson to guide them back. Golson would lead the Irish offence out and could not get anything going especially when a catch by Tyler Eifert was ruled a non-catch with no review. The Tide would take advantage as they would get the ball back and once again dominate the Irish defence. The Tide would drive 61 yards for AJ McCarron TD pass to Michael Williams to essentially put the game away 14-0. The Irish looked completely lost on the field as they seemed more like a Division-II school rather than the #1 team in the NCAA. The defence would be a complete mess with missed tackles and undisciplined play that allowed the Crimson Tide offence to dismantle them. It was an education in what SEC football was all about as the Crimson Tide would take any momentum the Irish had away. Another drive from the Irish would result in nothing and Alabama would get the ball again only to drive the ball 80 yards downfield for another rushing TD to go ahead 21-0. After this TD the Irish would settle down and begin to play better football but the damage seemed to have been done. Notre Dame needed to make this a game from the very start and they failed to do so giving the Tide too many openings. Alabama is not a team you can give openings to as they will take advantage and will not make mistakes. With these chances and some great play the Tide would easily get through the Irish with very little resistance. The Tide would add another TD before the end of the first half as the Crimson Tide would ride a 28-0 lead into the second half of the game.

The second half would not start much better for Notre Dame as they would open the half with a drive that would end in an interception. The Irish were simply no match as they would add two touchdowns in the second half to the Crimson Tide’s three. Alabama was simply too strong as their running game would devastate the Irish defence. Meanwhile AJ McCarron would rip apart the passing defence for a good old-fashioned beatdown. It was clear that Notre Dame was simply out of their depth in the big lights of the National Championship. Although they do have a national TV contract and are used to the big lights every Saturday this was a different beast. Over a month off and no experience in using that month properly clearly hurt them as they were not the same team as the in the regular season. Meanwhile Alabama would be quite the opposite as the Tide would be used to the month off and coach Nick Saban knew exactly what to do during that time. The Tide would come out as the better prepared team in the end as they looked just as good as they did all season. Notre Dame now goes back on a sour note to figure out what they can do to get back and recover from an embarrassing loss. A good recruiting class and some key returnees may help them but getting over this loss will be a tough go. Alabama meanwhile have officially planted their flag in this era of NCAA football as the best program in the country. Three National championships in four years is the definition of a dynasty and there is no sign of slowing down for Nick Saban and the Tide. This Alabama program will go down as possibly the best dynasty ever and they are not done yet as another good recruiting class and the return of players like AJ McCarron will keep them strong once again next year. In the end the SEC came out on top once again thanks to Alabama as yet another challenger from outside of the conference failed to meet expectations. In the end the game was not a great one as Alabama dominated from start to finish proving that experience in these big games can mean the difference between winning and losing. Alabama stands on top of the college football world once again as the best program in the country and there is no sign that anyone will challenge them for that title any time soon.

BCS National Championship:
Alabama Crimson Tide 42 – 14 Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Offensive MVP:

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Eddie Lacy, RB (Alabama)
20 rsh
140 yds
1 TD
0 F

Defensive MVP:

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CJ Mosley, LB (Alabama)

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