Monday, January 7, 2013
Everything you need to know on the BCS
By ESPN Stats & Information
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Alabama's Nick Saban (left) and Notre Dame's Brian Kelly lead their teams in Monday night's BCS National Championship, with history on the line for both teams.
Looking back at the Stats and Info Blog's coverage leading up to Monday night's BCS National Championship between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Strengths, weaknesses for Irish and Tide
Both Notre Dame and Alabama have outstanding teams that earned their spots in the BCS Championship Game. But each team has areas of strength, as well as potential weak spots.
(Posted Jan. 7)
Notre Dame TE could be big factor
Notre Dame’s past three starting tight ends –- Anthony Fasano (2003-05), John Carlson (2004-07) and Kyle Rudolph (2008-10) –- are all playing in the NFL, yet no tight end has caught more passes for more yards in Irish history than Tyler Eifert.
(Posted Jan. 5)
Irish goal-line defense nearly perfect
Notre Dame's defense has been great all season when it had its back to the wall. Of the nine offensive touchdowns that its defensive conceded, only five were in goal-to-go situations, the fewest in FBS.
(Posted Jan. 4)
McCarron mesmerizing in play-action
Alabama QB AJ McCarron completes nearly 70 percent of his passes thrown after a run fake and has not thrown an interception off play-action in 130 attempts this season. (Posted Jan. 4)
Irish defense does wonders
This year’s defense is Notre Dame’s best in a long time. In fact, if Notre Dame holds Alabama to fewer than six points, it will be the first Irish team to allow fewer than 10 points per game since the 1973 team.
(Posted Dec. 27)
What’s at stake for Alabama?
Are the Crimson Tide a dynasty in the making? A third national championship in four years would put Nick Saban in company with Bear Bryant, John McKay and Frank Leahy with four titles.
(Posted Dec. 25)
10 plays that shaped BCS race
From Notre Dame’s goal-line stand against Stanford to Georgia running out of time against Alabama at the end of the SEC Championship Game. The steps that led to the BCS finale in Miami.
(Posted Dec. 5)
Alabama power wins SEC title
Alabama won its first SEC Championship since 2009 and got it done on the ground. The Crimson Tide ran for 350 rushing yards, the most in SEC Championship game history.
(Posted Dec. 1)
Notre Dame finishes undefeated season
USC can take credit for staying within reach of Notre Dame for 60 minutes of football, but in the end close was just not enough. The 22-13 win was the narrowest margin of victory for Notre Dame in a road game this season.
(Posted Nov. 25)