Irish Ready to Tackle Tide For National Title
Notre Dame will look to end the SEC's string of six straight national championships, as they battle Alabama for the BCS title next month in Miami.
Alabama claims 14 national titles. Notre Dame claims eleven. The two teams will try to add to their trophy case on January 7th. Said Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly,"Iconic. Two great programs. Great tradition. It's college football. It's what it's supposed to be. I think that history and tradition is terrific for the game. And it makes the game so attractive."
Even though the Irish are ranked number one, Bama is favored to win their third national title in the last four years. Said Irish running back Theo Riddick,"I mean, they're the defending champs. To have them come back this year. What else can I say. You want to beat the best."
Coach Kelly attended the SEC Championship game, so he got an up-close look at the Crimson Tide."I think what really stood out to me. They were going to exert their will. It didn't matter that they were down, they were going to run the football. They were going to go with their strength. I like watching teams that want to beat you mentally, as well as physically." Added Irish defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore,"The physicality their backs run with is something that you really don't see. The offensive line works really well together. Also, A.J. (McCarron) can sling the rock a little bit."
Notre Dame is physical as well, so they feel confident they can match-up with Bama. Said Irish safety Zeke Motta,"They're always notorious for having pretty good defenses and fast offenses. It is what it is, so we're not going to change who we are."