Notre Dame will have the chance to get back in the top of the College Football mountain as they challenge the recent dominating powerhouse Alabama, this Monday at 8 PM ET for the BCS Championship.
The Irish will not only look for the title, but also for the respect of a nation who saw them recorded a 12-0 season, but that doesn’t believe much in them. “Well, that’s whom we are,” said Kelly, whose team won six times by nine or fewer points. “It’s been our defense all year. Our offense is able to manage enough points.”
“The tradition of Alabama and Notre Dame brings special attention to it, but we’re just trying to be the best team on Monday, Jan. 7,” said coach Brian Kelly. “All of that tradition, what’s happened in the past, is not going to help us Jan. 7, but we do respect the traditions.”
This Alabama team could be the worst of the few last that won the BCS Championship, but knowing that Nick Saban has been here gives them the edge to be prepared for this stage.
“I … couldn’t be prouder of what this team has accomplished this season,” Saban said. “We had a young team coming back … and for this team now to have a chance to go back to the national championship game is a little unprecedented.
“They could have taken the idea that ‘Hey, we won it last year, we can take it easy this year,’ but this team made a commitment, did a lot of hard work. It’s a challenge that the coaches accepted, and the players accepted, and I just can’t be prouder of a group of guys.
Alabama is a 9.5 favorite in the college football lines and will look for their third title in four years.