In a game that features two evenly-matched teams battling on the sport’s biggest stage, next month’s BCS title clash between Alabama and Notre Dame will ultimately come down to a few key individual matchups.
One look at the recently unveiled 2012 Walter Camp All-American team offers a glimpse into the type of talent both the Tide and the Irish possess, but which spots in the starting lineup can Tide fans see a clear advantage when projected against their Irish counterparts?
Considering the defensive background of Nick Saban and the offensive pedigree of Brian Kelly, next month’s title tilt could feature a bit of role-reversal in terms of their team’s respective strengths.
The Tide appear to hold an edge at several offensive positions, while the Irish look to have an advantage with a majority of the pieces in its front seven on defense.
So which players in the Tide’s lineup are better than the players lining up at their same respective positions for the Irish?
Here are seven Alabama starters that are better than their Notre Dame counterparts.