National Championship Preview: This Dawg Says Roll Tide…Just for a Night
Id’ be lying if I said this didn’t hurt. On every possible level this at the very least kind of sucks. I still wish Georgia was playing tonight. Aaron Murray claims to be “over it.” He moved on faster than I did. That’s embarrassing. Even aside from that still-stinging defeat, the end of college football season is a dark time for me every year. The transition to the offseason and basketball is never easy.
The only thing that could soften the blow is a convincing Alabama win. I hate Notre Dame. The Irish haven’t been relevant for years. This is just their third 10+ win season in the last 18 years. But if you were from a foreign country and came to the United States at any point during that time period and watched College Football on TV (you’d never leave!) you’d think the Fighting Irish were perennial champions. They aren’t. And I don’t want them to be.
If Notre Dame wins the National Championship this year then my children will likely be hearing about it 20 years from now, even if the Irish don’t win another game. I don’t want another generation stuck watching the golden helmets on Saturday when a better team is playing. I don’t want another Manti Te’o making tackles the way a middle linebacker should and getting hailed as the greatest thing since all you can eat seats and sporting events. I don’t want it.
I want Alabama to win. I’m not happy that Saban is back in the game, but I want him to win. A Crimson Tide victory squashes (for now) the evil that is Notre Dame and furthers the cause of the greatest conference in the history of college football. So can they do it?
Of course they can. I’ve watched Alabama and Notre Dame play several times this year and here are some eye-ball tests that favor the Tide:
- Frankly, I don’t know that Notre Dame can score – at all – against Alabama. Alabama has the best defense in the country, and I’m not sure that Notre Dame’s offense is anymore advanced than say…Mississippi State.
- Manti Te’o is a good linebacker. I couldn’t tell you another ND backer’s name because every tackle is credited to Te’o even if he’s on the sideline. Manti Te’o is not as good at the linebacker position as Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon are at the running back position. I am confident of that.
- Furthermore, Notre Dame’s front seven has never, ever, even in their wildest dreams seen anything like Alabama’s offensive line.
- I joke a lot, but when I watch Notre Dame play I see an 8-4 team.
Statistically the gap closes a bit, but Alabama played five teams that were ranked (at the time) in the top-25 and Notre Dame played only four. Alabama’s two best wins are close victories over 7th ranked Georgia and 8th ranked LSU. Notre Dame’s two best wins are against 6th ranked Stanford and 11th ranked Oklahoma. The two share one common opponent – Michigan. Notre Dame beat Michigan at home 13-6. Alabama beat Michigan in Texas 41-14.
The math favors Alabama (although not by the margin of the spread) and so does common sense. Roll Tide…tonight and tonight only.
That’s all I got/