BCS National Championship Game Pick – January 7th
This is it! After 34 other bowl games and weeding through 122 other teams, there are just two that are going to be left in the running for the BCS National Championship. The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish are left to battle it out on the NCAA football betting odds in the final game of the campaign.
The Crimson Tide are going for their second straight National Championship, but Head Coach Nick Saban probably isn’t going to be totally satisfied, even with the win. After all, Alabama did end up with a loss for the second straight season, losing to the Texas A&M Aggies this year. That being said though, this is still the best team in the country by just about all accounts in spite of the blemish, but it was a day in which QB Johnny Manziel was the best player on the field. This defense is still one of the nastiest in the game, allowing just 246.0 yards and 10.7 points per game in spite of the fact that the schedule this year was one of the toughest in the land. The truth of the matter is that the offense has as much talent on it this year as it ever has before as well. WR Amari Cooper has 894 yards this year and is one of the more talented receivers that the SEC has to offer, while both RB Eddie Lacy and RB TJ Yeldon had 1,000+ yard seasons. QB AJ McCarron, who has already announced that he is coming back to school for his senior season, threw for 2,669 yards and didn’t throw his first interception until that game against Texas A&M. He finished with 26 TDs and just three INTs.
Notre Dame has been dogged all year long for the close calls that it has had to suffer. Yes, the team could have lost to Purdue. Yes, the team could have lost to Stanford. Yes, the team could have lost to Michigan, and BYU, and Pittsburgh… But it didn’t lose any of those games. It won them all. In the end, it was the defense that did the job, led by LB Manti Te’o, who was a rare pure defensive player to be a Heisman Trophy finalist. He didn’t win the award, but he did take home a ton of defensive honors on the year. The Irish never had the best offense in the world, but they do have a unit that put up enough points to win games. There was no shame in 421.3 yards per game, and when you have a defense that is this good, 26.8 points per game go a long, long way. Though the team only had 13 passing touchdowns for the whole season, there were four different rushers that combined for 19 TDs. Both RB Cierre Wood and RB Theo Riddick combined for 1,620 yards and nine trips to the end zone.
There might be no stopping the Crimson Tide, but there is definitely a way that Notre Dame can cover this number. In the end, it just doesn’t seem all that likely that Alabama will lose this game, but the stout defensive effort will at least keep this one relatively close from start to finish. Alabama 20 – Notre Dame 14