In the first of many to come, we take a look at some of the more compelling aspects on the field of this Notre Dame-Alabama BCS National Championship Game.
First up? The Alabama Power-O run game. This is the type of play that ultimately beat Georgia's defense into submission and made Jarvis Jones, the Dawgs' elite pass-rusher, look remarkably pedestrian against the run.
So, how does Notre Dame step up? What should you be looking for here?
On The Program we get into the X's and O's of this key facet of the ball game. Notre Dame is a team that likes to play tough, physical football, and the Crimson Tide's big strength is their offensive line and running game. Strength on strength always makes for an intriguing contest, and in these two teams that is exactly what we have.
Expect the Irish defense to be physical, and when we get down to it, this will be a facet of the game won by brute strength. You either have it, or you don't. The Tide can either make the block and open the hole, or they cannot. The Irish can either stone the blockers and clog up the middle, or they cannot.
It should be a fun one folks. This is the type of football that people who appreciate defense and the power attack get out of bed hoping for every day!