Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post tried hard in his article, Notre Dame Will Beat Alabama in BCS Title Game, to talk himself into proving Notre Dame is a better choice. But he just couldn’t do it.
To be honest, Alabama would win seven or eight times if these two played 10 times. It has much more speed and a legitimate pro in quarterback AJ McCarron, who led the nation in passing efficiency and very nearly made the trip to New York City for the Heisman presentation. He is a tall, classic drop-back passer who excels in play-action and loves to throw the deep ball. That play action of course is made possible by a two-headed rushing monster in Eddie Lacy and frosh T.J. Yeldon, who could wind up being better then Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson.
‘Bama cornerback Dee Milliner is a surefire first-round draft pick and perhaps, even better then 2011 All-American corner Dre Kirkpatrick. He possesses very good cover skills and terrific zone ability. Then, there is the matter of fellow All-American C.J. Mosley, a linebacker who goes sideline to sideline like a cheetah with the ferocity of a lion. He replaced first-rounders Dont’a Hightower and Rolando McClain easily.
So, to answer your question, yes, the Fighting Irish are going to need something of a miracle. Yes, oddsmakers have them listed as 9.5-point underdogs and yes, ‘Bama is more talented.
Roll Tide, friends. Roll Tide!