Notre Dame Football: Predicting Stats for Top Offensive Performers vs. Alabama
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are on the verge of college football greatness.
All it takes is a win over one of the nation's top defenses in the Alabama Crimson Tide to earn the first BCS National Championship title in school history.
In a game that's likely to be low scoring and defensive minded, offense may be hard to come by for the Fighting Irish.
We'll have to wait until Jan. 7, but here are my early predictions for the top offensive performances in Notre Dame's BCS matchup with Alabama.
Tyler Eifert, TE
It's going to be tough for Eifert and the rest of the Fighting Irish receiving corps to find space against a solid Alabama secondary.
The Crimson Tide aren't keen on allowing big games to receivers, but Eifert will be an integral piece to the offense with his run-blocking and pass-catching abilities.
Eifert doesn't have a 100-yard receiving game this season, and I'm not expecting that to change against Alabama, but I do expect the senior tight end to lead Notre Dame in receiving.
It won't be flashy by any means, but Eifert submits a similar performance like he did against Stanford.
Prediction: Five receptions, 65 yards and one touchdown
Theo Riddick, RB
In order for Notre Dame to earn its first BCS National Championship title, they need senior RB Theo Riddick to have a solid day.
Riddick leads the Irish in rushing with 880 yards and five scores and is coming off his highest rushing yardage game, where he went for 146 yards and a TD against USC.
It was only Riddick's fourth 100-yard rushing game of the 2012 season, and against a staunch Alabama run defense that ranks No. 2 in the nation in terms of rushing yards allowed, Riddick will have his hands full.
Not to be forgotten is his effectiveness in the receiving game. Riddick has 35 receptions this season with 364 yards and a TD out of the backfield, which could be a key component against the Crimson Tide.
Prediction: 20 carries, 95 yards and a touchdown. Three receptions for 40 yards.
Everett Golson, QB
He's no Collin Klein or Jordan Lynch, but Everett Golson is a bit of a dual-threat from under center.
The sophomore QB has thrown for more than 2,100 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 305 yards and scoring five TDs on the ground.
The Crimson Tide rank No. 11 in the nation against the pass, which makes for a tough task for Golson and the Irish's 76th-ranked passing offense.
Alabama has intercepted 17 passes this season and sacked opposing QBs 33 times, meaning Golson will need to be extremely cautious if Notre Dame is going to get past Alabama.
Prediction: 16-of-31, 200 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. 10 carries for 50 yards.
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