Alabama head coach Nick Saban celebrates with his team after defeating Notre Dame for the BCS National Championship
It turns out that the haters and critics were right. The luck of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish has finally run out. Last night, the Irish made their way to Sun Life Stadium in Miami hoping to cap off one of the best seasons in school history with a championship victory.
Unfortunately the Alabama Crimson Tide had other ideas. Nick Saban’s group went in with a simple game plan and it worked to perfection.
They ran the ball down Notre Dame’s throats, showed no mercy, and dominated from start to finish. Alabama running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon both ran for over 100 yards.
The Crimson Tide offensive line showed why they are the best in the country. They isolated Notre Dame’s defensive line, rendered their linebackers powerless, and turned Manti Te’o into their punching bag.
The Fighting Irish offense wasn’t much better. They couldn’t establish a run game, struggled in the passing game, and had trouble protecting quarterback Everett Golson.
Alabama’s defense blitzed from every angle on the field. They disguised their coverages, mixed up their blitz packages, and kept the Irish offense guessing.
At the end of the day, Brian Kelly’s offensive line didn’t know what to do. And because of Alabama’s success on the field, they sent Notre Dame packing and won the game 42-14.
The Crimson Tide have now won three championships in a four year span. The last time to do this was the 1994-1997 Nebraska Cornhuskers.
They continue the Southeastern Conference’s dominance over college football. The SEC has now taken home every national championship since 2006.
They also win back-to-back national titles, a feat which was last achieved by the USC Trojans of 2003 and 2004. And they now hold the distinction of being the only school to win three Coaches Trophy’s in the BCS-era.
While it may be a glorious day for the Crimson Tide nation, Notre Dame should still have their heads held high. Brian Kelly is starting to build something special in South Bend.
Everett Golson is one of quite a few starters will be returning next season. Today in the final Associated Press Poll, Notre Dame finishes the 2012 season ranked No. 4 in the nation.
They have a foundation to build off of, and I can see Notre Dame making a name for themselves again in 2013.
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