Notre Dame and Alabama are set to square off in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 7 at 8:30 p.m. ET with ESPN broadcasting the game from Miami.
The Irish have been on an amazing undefeated run with a number of lucky bounces and calls that have landed in their favor. There was the goal-line stop against Stanford, and the Pitt game that was littered with favorable nods to Notre Dame.
The Irish remember those strokes of luck, but they are set to prove they are more than just lucky this year.
Alabama is the obvious favorite in the game, with the Crimson Tide having experience and overall talent on their side. Notre Dame is not short on playmakers, but Brian Kelly has a few more years of recruiting before the Irish are as complete as Alabama.
That being said, this team is heading into the title game with a great shot at a win and heading back to South Bend with a 12th national title. Here are the five ways the Irish prove they are more than just lucky against the Tide in Miami.