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It is almost scary how similar these two teams are.
Besides Manti Te'o of this season, there really isn't much star power that can be bragged about. Neither team was a scoring machine and relied heavily on the big play of the defense to win games. They both had more than their fair shares of close contests and needed bizarre finishes to remain unbeaten.
With all of that said, the 1988 team has something this year’s team doesn't, and that is a national championship ring.
Lou Holtz and his team went on to beat four ranked programs, including the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the country at the time. That even includes ending the historic winning streak of the Miami Hurricanes at 36 games.
With so many similarities between both teams, you would have to go with the squad that already has the hardware.
However, if the Irish find a way to knock off Alabama in this year’s national championship, there is no question the 2012 squad is the better team. Going from being unranked to winning the national championship would be unheard of and would truly make its mark in college football and Notre Dame history.
Advantage: The 1988 team (For now)