The Battle for Bragging Rights

Austin B.
Assistant Editor

                On the most prominent night of all of college football, two teams would enter Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida, but only one could walk away as national champions. The NCAAF, or National Collegiate Athletic Association Football, has a massive fan base, which made this a very high stakes game; the winner would attain bragging rights to nearly anyone across the entire country.

                Notre Dame came into the game ranked number one, and Alabama was number two. These two teams had only met six other times in the past, and the Crimson Tide had only beaten the Fighting Irish one of those times. Despite these statistics, the point spread had been set with Alabama winning by between nine and a half to ten points, and according to some very prestigious Las Vegas casinos, two billion dollars were predicted to be wagered on the game. With 80,120 in attendance and 26.4 million watching, two teams took the field to make history.

                During the regular seaChampionship AB 2son, every team’s goal is to set themselves apart from any other team, and that is how these two skilled organizations ended up in the championship game. Alabama made a name for itself during the regular season because of their statistics. They ended the season with the number one defense in the nation, giving up an average of 79.77 rushing yards per game, and 246 overall. Their defense is led by defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. Smart leads a defense that usually plays with a 3-4 formation, meaning there are three linemen and 4 linebackers on the average defensive play. The Crimson Tide defense gained their status due to the playing skills of defensive stars such as cornerback Dee Milliner and linebacker C.J. Mosley; this is what some fans believe helped the team win the game. Sophomore and Alabama fan Davis Wright claims, “For about 90 percent of the game, Bama’s defense was great, and their running game really performed.” Alabama also has the number two scoring offense, scoring 38.5 points per game, and averaging 224.62 yards per game. Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier directs Bama’s offense, and stars like A.J. McCarron, Eddie Lacy, and Barrett Jones carry out the plays. The organization is led by veteran head coach Nick Saban.

                Notre Dame also gains their respect primarily because of their defense. With Bob Diaco coordinating, Notre Dame successfully became the number six defense in the nation, allowing only 286.83 yards per game on defense. Notre Dame is also home to the number one scoring defense. With Heisman Trophy nominee Manti Te’o in the linebacker position, and star defensive end Stephon Tuitt, the Fighting IrishChampionship AB 1 defense would be a tough wall to break. Notre Dame is also known for running with the 3-4 formation, and based on the stats, it worked efficiently for them as well. On the other side of the ball, freshman quarterback Everett Golson and tight end Tyler Eifert carried out the plays while offensive coordinator Chuck Martin called them. Head coach Brian Kelly led Notre Dame to the championship.

                  In the championship game, there were numerous factors that affected the game substantially. Alabama reached the first down marker twenty-eight times, twelve more than Notre Dame. Sophomore and Notre Dame fan Spencer Hren states, “It was bad first half, and good second half.” While Notre Dame gained one more completion and six more passing yards than Alabama, they were outrun. The running backs of the Crimson Tide attained 245 rushing yards, while Notre Dame’s running backs only ran for 32, and Everett Golson also threw an interception, which would come back to haunt the rookie QB.  Overall, Alabama’s offense progressed 529 yards, and that of Notre Dame had 302. These stats would impact the outcome of the game significantly.    

                By the end of the first quarter, Alabama’s running backs, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon both ran for a touchdown during the game, and A.J. McCarron threw four touchdown passes for the Crimson Tide. Everett Golson ran for a two yard touchdown and threw a six yard pass to Theo Riddick in the fourth quarter.  

                  After sixty minutes of fighting it out on the field, Alabama emerged as the top team in college football by beating Notre Dame 42-14. Head coach Nick Saban led the Alabama Crimson Tide to their second straight national championship, the third in the last four years and the fifteenth for the school overall. On Monday, January 7th, 2013, number two Alabama won the Discover BCS National Championship Game.

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