The third installment of my weekly series that analyzes the positional matchups for the national title game between Notre Dame and Alabama will focus on the battles in the trenches.
It’s not by accident that both the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide possess dominant units on both the offensive and defensive lines.
Both Nick Saban and Brian Kelly have rosters loaded with skill talent (check out the offensive breakdowns here in part one and part two), but being strong at the point of attack is a major reason why both clubs have made it to this point.
With a pair of All-Americans in Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack leading a powerful offensive line, and an experienced defensive line that helped the Tide finish as the nation’s top unit against the run, Alabama has continued its trend of wearing down its opponents up front.
Kelly has a veteran offensive line that paved the way to lead Irish ball-carriers to an average of nearly 5 yards per carry, and his three-man wrecking crew on the defensive line anchored the Irish’s outstanding defensive unit all season long.
How do the units for both clubs stack up against one another?
Find out as I go inside the matchup by comparing the offensive and defensive lines for the Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish.