The NCAAF Championship game on Monday Night will spell one of the most historic old-school battles in quite some time. The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With the wildcat offense and dynamic play-calling across the game of football it is interesting that these two teams possess game changing defenses. As teams like the Oregon Ducks and even some NFL teams continue to maintain the flare and big play offense, these two teams are content with their hard nosed style of play.
Luckily, these two have done a fantastic job despite playing “your grandfathers” kind of football. Lets see which defense staple will come out on top in this game.
Perhaps the biggest surprise in all of the NCAAF this season, the Fighting Irish did not lose a game at all in 2012. Playing as an independent conference, Notre Dame has not played quite the grueling SEC schedule that the Crimson Tide endured, however a few signature wins have placed them at this point. Key wins like: Stanford, Michigan State and Oklahoma have all solidified the Fighting Irish as Championship Game worthy.
Many did not believe Notre has the brass do go undefeated like they did, solely because of their spotty play at quarterback. Amidst the QB chaos, the Irish finally found the answer underneath center, that of course is red-shirt freshman Everett Golson. At age 18 look for this historically talented Crimson Tide defense to rattle the cage of a QB that has only started in 11 collegiate games.
Alabama also hangs its hat on their running prowess, this was put on full display in their last game versus the Georgia Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide’s running backs went for 350 Yards against the Bulldogs in the SEC championship game. Stay tuned to see if Alabama can do that against the nations top defense yielding just 10.3 points a contest anchored by Heisman trophy finalist Manti Te’o.