SEC fans are crowing and Notre Dame fans are hiding their team apparel after the Fighting Irish were demolished by Alabama, 42-14. The Crimson Tide won their third national title in four years.
About the only drama this game featured was Alabama center Barrett Jones shoving his roommate, quarterback AJ McCarron, late in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame only allowed two 100-yard rushers all season long, but both T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy reached the mark against a Fighting Irish defense which was woefully overmatched.
While football is generally a game of inches, this game did not hinge on a single play—or even a few plays. The Irish were clearly outmatched, and it showed all night long.
In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, Nick Saban might actually crack a smile, although that's hard to imagine. After all, he was talking about preparation for next year less than 60 seconds after his team won the 2013 national title.
This list runs down the nine key plays that helped set up the Tide victory and another SEC national title.