Does Notre Dame really have a chance tonight against Alabama?
Some people, like SI's Steward Mandel, are starting to have second thoughts, and think that perhaps Notre Dame will come out of it with a win.
Personally, I think it'll be a double-digit win for the Crimson Tide -- with my biggest reasoning being Notre Dame's inability to score.
Both defenses are outstanding.
Alabama has an elite running game, while Notre Dame has a solid running game, a great tight end, and a quarterback who has stepped it up lately.
But the fact is that the Notre Dame offense isn't all that great -- call me crazy, but I think the Alabama defense will outscore the Irish's offense.
Notre Dame barely squeaked out wins against Purdue (20-17), Michgan (13-6), Stanford (20-13 OT), BYU (17-14), and Pitt (29-26 3OT).
Alabama has had some close games as well, but they were against Georgia (32-38 win), LSU (21-17 win), and Texas A&M (29-24 loss). Those three teams finished the season ranked 7th, 8th, and 9th, respectively. A&M and Georgia then went on to roll Oklahama and Nebraska in their respective bowl games, while LSU lost by a point to Clemson.
Those teams that gave Alabama problems were some of the best teams in the country. The teams that gave Notre Dame problems were borderline bowl teams (hell, Purdue lost its bowl game by 44 to Oklahoma State). There's no reason a championship team should have had any problem beating them by 20.
Notre Dame is a good team, Manti Te'o is a great player, and the Irish have a damn good defense.
But Alabama will roll. Take that to the bank.