The 2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game takes place Jan. 7 as the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide the game is for all the marbles.
The two team records say it all hey its No#1 battling at No#2 the Crimson Tide finished their season at 12-1 (7-1 in SEC) and the Fighting Irish completed their 2012 at No#1 undefeated at 12-0.
Looking deeper in the game Alabama has the edge on offensive power led quarterback AJ McCarron, who leads the nation in passing efficiency, passing for 26 touchdowns, with only interceptions. In passing the Crimson Tide is averaging 214.5 yards per game.
The Alabama lethal offensive power game the team features two 1,000-yard running backs. Junior Eddie Lacy has run for 1,182 yards and 16 touchdowns, freshman T.J. Yeldon 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Both have a tendency to give any defense a scare from the backfield. In their last game alone these two combined for 334 yards in the 32-28 victory over Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
But don’t close the door on Alabama defensive attack either they are just as good if not better they only gave up 10.7 points per game.
Notre Dame comes into the BCS National Championship Game with the defensive edge. A defense that ranks sixth nationally in total defense and is fourth against the run, surrendering only 92.4 yards rushing per game. All-American inside linebacker Manti Te'o and end Stephon Tuitt direct the defense. While the Fighting Irish is only giving up 10.3 points per contest.
Certainly the Notre Dame offense has proved to move the ball against tough defenses all season like Stanford, Michigan and Oklahoma averaging 26.8 points per game.
The stage is set it’s a war of two of the country’s leading defenses playing on the game’s biggest platform for college football. Alabama leads the nation in total defense and is No. 1 against the run, while Notre Dame leads the nation in scoring defense.
Notre Dame to win this game is everything. A victory against the Crimson Tide would knock the SEC into a round about of another dimension a notch down. While the Fighting Irish will be back on top like they never left. Cranking up the recruiting abilities and closing the doors on many years of disappointment.
The stars may never shine for Notre Dame, and it could more damaging than many of the Irish faithful be anticipated. Making the gap between the SEC and all others seem as real as ever.
Yes, of course Bama will celebrate but for them it's just another hole they put a patch on or Alabama. No mater what happens they will play well and with passion. Therefore they will either win or lose close but either way the Crimson Tide will be once again the hunt next season, hosting LSU and seeking a revenge attack on Texas A&M, cementing a dynasty that in stone already. Saban is already in the mist of refining his procedures and policies for next season.
Manti Te’o: ILB,
Te’o the Heisman trophy runner up, will be the most gifted player on the field come game time, and his physical ability and intangibles all but guarantee he will most likely be a top ten pick come draft day give that he has the ability to do just about anything he wants to on the football field.
Te’o isn’t just any like any defensive player with good abilities at the inside linebacker position, he is by far the best in the nation.
He has the incredible frame to play in nearly any system in the NFL. Te’o not isn’t the fastest, including good instincts and power. In all there’s little to not like about his style of play. He brings a level of passion and maturity to the heart of the best defense in the country that is hardly found in the college game.
He has the ability to play all three downs on defense, he’s excel’s in play making ability against tight ends in and zone coverage. His tackling technique is superb, he concentrates on staying low to drive through the ball carrier.
The greatest asset Te’o has is that he has what it takes to stop an offensive play from being productive whether it is his run defense, pass coverage, tackling or ability to read and react to offenses.
Tyler Eifert: TE, Notre Dame
Eifert will be the first tight end selected in April, in a draft class lacking depth at the position. He has the prototypical built frame for an NFL tight end. Eifert is a large target with excellent hands and plays very tough as a run blocker. He's been a highly-productive receiver in his career.
Becoming a key part of the Fighting Irish offense this season, leading them in receptions (44), yards (624) and receiving touchdowns (four), and come game time look out will be one Golson’s favorite targets against Alabama.
He’s not by any mean’s the fastest among tight end but when the ball comes his way He'll catch anything in his area. He excels when in-line blocking providing a good jump off the line and has shown the ability to hang with the larger defensive-ends., forcing pass rushers to take unproductive wide angles. He excellent hands in run blocking situations as well and isn’t afraid to take care of the defenders in his way.
Eifert projects as a late second round selection in the 2012 NFL Draft but will be the first tight-end selected in this year's draft class.
Dee Milliner: CB
Milliner is almost guaranteed to be the first defensive back selected in the NFL draft.
Milliner has excellent size and above-average speed for the position, and his play-making skills are nearly elite. Opposing quarterbacks didn’t look his way often this year, and for good reason. Milliner has a grown into learning football this season in both coverage and run support. He is by far the best zone defender in the country, with his excellent instincts and willingness to make a play in run defense, makes him a perfect fit for an NFL team that uses a heavy zone scheme.
Every play Milliner goes out there with a chip on his shoulder, doesn’t shy away from contact, and plays with a concentration and passion to ensure his man does not come down with the ball.
He isn’t a ball-hawk who thinks of only going for interceptions, but with his ]long arms and he has the ability to break up the passes. He is very talented and is his feet he can close quickly with little wasted motion.
With a worthy showing against Notre Dame in the BCS championship and solid offseason workouts, Milliner could paste himself in the top 10 of the draft.
Chance Warmack: G, Alabama
Warmack may be the most talented offensive lineman on the in the Championship game. His frame is built to push defenders around, but he is also very light on his feet and making his a good kick out blocker. His abilities give him the talent to well fit in any skill set to play in nearly any scheme, but he will be more particularly valuable on a team that runs more angle blocking than zone blocking
Warmack’s physically and mentally and pro-ready, he has special talent that provides him both strength and tenacity as blocker. He is a natural run blocker that is not only strong but a student of the game with a gifted technique with good awareness and picks up rushers without over-committing to one task.
He also does well in pass protection. Warmack operates an intense punch and as his arm extends to keep defenders away from his body. With his superb footwork it assists him from getting eaten up by bull rushers.
Warmack is expected to hear his name among the first 20 picks of the 2013 NFL Draft.