When Alabama and Notre Dame met in last year’s national championship, a lot of the bickering had to do with the paths each team took to reach the big game. Irish fans said although Alabama was in the SEC, the schedule weren’t nearly as difficult as theirs. Crimson Tide fans fired back with the fact Notre Dame plays teams from the lousy Big Ten and then throws in a few squads from the Big East.
This is really an argument that neither side will ever win because we can't prove any of it, and truthfully, both passionate fanbases make great points.
But what if Alabama was to play Notre Dame’s schedule in 2013?
Instead of the Irish opponents heading to South Bend, they would pack up for a trip to Tuscaloosa, and of course, Alabama would then have to play the road games that Notre Dame was going to play. This won't settle any of the debates, but it may bring us closer to a verdict that maybe should all agree to disagree.
Here is how the Crimson Tide would stack up if they had the 2013 Notre Dame schedule.