Notre Dame finished the 2012 season flawless when they closed the regular season on Saturday against USC, 22-13. The game was back and forth until the final minutes, but Notre Dame held a comfortable lead for the majority of the contest.
Now the Irish will shift their attention to the SEC title game to see who they will face in the national championship in January.
Both Georgia and Alabama will be tough matchups for Notre Dame, but the Irish are on a roll. They are looking to continue their winning streak no matter the opponent when the national title game kicks off.
As they sit and watch the SEC title game this coming Saturday, the Irish will likely be Alabama fans.
The Crimson Tide would provide Notre Dame with the toughest game in the championship, but it would pit the best teams in college football against one another. The Irish want to prove that they are the undisputed national champions this year. To do that, they need to beat the Crimson Tide straight up.
Dodging Alabama because of a loss in the SEC title game would cheat college football out of the best matchup in the title game.
An Alabama vs. Notre Dame matchup would also bring two of the most storied programs in college football history together for an epic title showdown in Miami.
The Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish have faced each other six times with the Irish having the 5-1 edge over the Tide. The last game came in 1987. Notre Dame will be looking for history to repeat itself on January 7.
These two teams combine for 25 national titles and eight Heisman winners. These programs know success.
Alabama is the leading powerhouse in college football and Notre Dame is trying to make its way into the same category. To make it to the top, the Irish have to beat the Crimson Tide.
Both teams will bring great defensive play and opportunistic offense to the field. The minute the kickoff comes it will be an old fashioned, snot-bubble type football game.
Notre Dame wants this battle, and they will become Tide fans for a weekend in hopes that this showdown happens.