Irish Win Third BCS Championship

Roll Tide it certainly was, as Alabama annihilated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 42-14 to win their third BCS National Championship in the last four years, and secure the seventh straight national title for the Southeastern Conference.

It was not so much a win, more a dismantling of Notre Dame, the Crimson Tide being superior in nearly every facet of the ball game.

Alabama swept forward on the ground, dominated the aerial game, and smothered and stifled on defence over the entire 60 minutes of play.

So, who were the stars and standout players in the game? Here is our take on what made it a dominant and emphatic Alabama win.

First, the offensive line for the Tide made everything tick; they were thought to be the best positional unit in the season and they proved that here.

The O-line really opened up the ground game for Alabama, allowing them to gain 5.9 yards per rush and both Eddie Lacy and T.J Yeldon to break the 100 yard barrier on the ground.

As fans who bet on NCAAF will know, most championship teams start with a strong offensive line, and, in dominating a talented Notre Dame defensive front, Alabama proved that true.

We mentioned Lacy just then, and from the start of the game to the end, the Notre Dane defence just could not handle the big ‘Bama back.

He went round through, around and in between the Fighting Irish for 140 yards and a TD – about the only thing that he didn’t do was go over the Notre Dame defence.

His early dominance opened up the Tide passing game from the start, which gave the Irish almost no shot at victory.
Ten of his plays went for Alabama first downs or touchdowns, and he also had a pair of receptions and a touchdown.

A.J. McCarron also brilliantly ran the game from the quarterback slot; he finished with 20-of-28 for 264 yards and four touchdowns and he never even came close to throwing an interception.

McCarron could not have played a better game, and he put himself directly into the early 2013 Heisman Trophy talk, according to the latest NCAAF stories.

Amari Cooper and C.J Mosley were also integral parts of this win which was a true display of team dominance with some fine individual performances that made the whole game very special for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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