- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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We've come to the end of an extremely fun picks season here on the SEC blog. There was no sophomore slump for the ATL Kid, while the old vet took a major hit to his picking credibility.
I just want to thank all of the fans out there who supported me this season. Being on the road and seeing all the love from readers who were looking for me to dethrone Chris was a great sight. I sensed that Chris was reeling early in the season (see the Florida-Tennessee game), and I pounced early and often.
I guess this cat-owning, soccer-loving youngster knows what he's talking about. Heading into our last prediction of the 2012 season, I own a 106-15 (.876) record after going 5-3 during the first round of bowl games. I missed on Mississippi State, Florida and LSU. Chris enters 99-22 (.818) after going 5-3 as well. The only difference we had was that he picked Mississippi State to lose to Northwestern, but he also picked Nebraska to beat Georgia.
Here's our final pick of the season, and it's for all the oranges ... and a beautiful crystal ball:
DISCOVER BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Chris Low: Everybody wants to compare scores when we get to the bowl season. For instance, the fact that LSU and Florida both laid eggs is supposed to suggest that Alabama is somehow vulnerable in this game. But what about the fact that Ole Miss trounced Pittsburgh, which lost in three overtimes to Notre Dame, or the fact that Alabama clobbered Michigan and Notre Dame beat the Wolverines 13-6? What matters is what happens at Sun Life Stadium on Monday night. Alabama is good enough up front offensively to deal with Notre Dame’s defensive front seven, which has been terrific all season. More importantly, the Tide will find a way to put the game on the shoulders of Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson and force him into some mistakes. It all adds up to Alabama’s third outright national title in the past four years and a place in college football history. ... Alabama 24, Notre Dame 13
Edward Aschoff: We get two hard-nosed, tough football teams down on South Beach tonight. Alabama brings in the nation's best offensive line, while Notre Dame owns one of the country's best front sevens. The Irish will try to use that up-tempo offense to keep Alabama's defense honest, while the Tide will try to wear Notre Dame down with their running game. In the end, that running game will be too much, as the Tide will grind away and quarterback AJ McCarron will hit some big plays over the top late, and the defense will contain Golson and force him to make too many mistakes. ... Alabama 27, Notre Dame 17