When Notre Dame lines up against Alabama for the national title, it'll be their first game in 44 days. But that's not an issue for Irish head coach Brian Kelly. "We didn't talk about the long layoff. We just talked about what we needed to do to win this football game, and be the best football team on January the seventh."
Even though the Irish are ranked number one, Alabama is still favored to win by ten points. Said noseguard Louis Nix,"I understand why people say Alabama is going to win. Great offensive line. Good quarterback. Great guys on the edge. They've been to the national championship twice already in the last three years. I would probably pick Alabama too. But at the end of the day, it's all about what's on the scoreboard when the clock hits zero."
The Irish have beaten some proud programs this season, like Oklahoma, Michigan, and Southern Cal. But those wins seemingly haven't earned Notre Dame much respect. Said Nix,"We know how everyone thinks. Just overrated Notre Dame. We hear that a lot. No one gives us credit for anything. Just the luck of the Irish I guess." Said Notre Dame receiver Robby Toma,"I'm not taking anything away from the SEC, but I have a lot of confidence in our team." Added Irish quarterback Everett Golson,"We've always been kind of set as the underdog. Going into it, nobody would have ever seen us at this point, but we worked our way up from the bottom. That just shows great resiliency from us."
Notre Dame hopes to continue that resiliency against the Crimson Tide. Said linebacker Manti Te'o,"We're 12-0. That's great. It's a great accomplishment. But 12-0 doesn't mean anything if you lose the last one. Nobody remembers who is 12-0. They remember who is the national champion."