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Everything working for Alabama so far

Alabama Crimson Tide's Lacy scores a touchdown in the first quarter of the NCAA BCS National Championship college football game in Miami Reuters

As I feverishly attempt to edit my prediction for the BCS championship game, Alabama is looking to put this game away for good before halftime.

The No. 2 Tide had about as dominating a first quarter as it’s had all season against No. 1 Notre Dame. To put it another way, about the only thing that went the Irish’s way was time running out as Alabama bulldozed its way to within a few feet of the goal line.

Eddie Lacy already has 72 yards and a touchdown. A.J. McCarron has another score — a short completion to Michael Williams. The Tide have been able to what it wants when it wants because of fantastic offensive line play combined with superb play-calling and execution. Everything is working for Alabama. Nothing is working for Notre Dame.

The Tide are even getting some calls to go their way too. Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert had what looked like a sideline catch ruled incomplete and official review upheld the call. Eifert looked like he had the ball, but it wiggled just enough as he pulled it in out-of-bounds that the call wasn’t able to be overturned. On the next play, a Notre Dame punt, Christion Jones bobbled the ball and the Irish recovered. However, Notre Dame was hit with a kick catching interference call that was… interesting.

The good news for Notre Dame? At least it crossed midfield. It’s going to need a lot more than that to get back in this game, though. The Irish looked stunned.

Alabama leads 21-0 in the second.

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48 Responses to “Everything working for Alabama so far”
  1. floridacock says: Jan 7, 2013 9:23 PM

    Looks like an NFL team playing against a high school team. ND has not seen anything like this all year. Right now looks like a blow out by 45 or more.

  2. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    Please let ND get some ridiculously wacky calls! I don’t want to hear delusional ND fans talking about how if it weren’t for the officiating the Irish would’ve won.

    Oh and that TE didn’t catch the ball as the 2013 definition is you have to have complete control of the ball and he didn’t. It was a pretty big juggle as he was going out of bounds. The replay clearly shows the ball shooting out from his hands before he grabs it again.

  3. jtchernak says: Jan 7, 2013 9:28 PM

    Not Alabama fan but that was a good call. ND player purposely tried o push other player into the guy calling the fair catch thus the good call

  4. bbeaman78 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:31 PM

    What a joke. I would have rather seen Oregon or Kansas State play Alabama. Notre Dame needs to run the ball, throw some slants or screens. Every throwing play is a go route.

  5. screamin2012 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:35 PM

    Wow. I truly believed ND would be competitive. How wrong I was. They are no where near elite level.

  6. CBFAN says: Jan 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    Underscores the need for playoff system. ND would not have advanced past first round.

  7. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 9:38 PM

    My biggest fear is that Saban has a history of backing off in these games when Alabama is solidly ahead at the half. That’s what he did against Texas–and it almost screwed us. He needs to play this game tough from beginning to end no matter what the scoreboard says.

  8. kidder95 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:40 PM

    this game is a joke. ND played nobody this year. NDs “beat” Stanford thanks to referees. ND needs to go back to church.

    Yuck

  9. cometkazie says: Jan 7, 2013 9:40 PM

    Fun to watch, tho.

  10. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 9:41 PM

    Ben, the rule is that you must maintain control all the way to the ground. The ball popped out of Eifert’s hands then he recovered it as he was going down. That’s called … juggling. And as the official in the booth with Musberger explained, you have to give the returner room to make the fair catch. It doesn’t matter whether or not you touch him. Those were good calls. But yes, I’m sure the Irish fans will use those as excuses for a 21-0 deficit–especially with all Musberger’s squawking. Well, they’re doing it already.

  11. jucam1 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:42 PM

    Holy crap, this is the best outside the SEC?…. What a fraud, this ND team is a joke….. Glad Bama got to expose them for the massive frauds they are

  12. binkabish says: Jan 7, 2013 9:48 PM

    ND doesn’t belong in this game and never did. I could never bring myself to believe that since they were undefeated they deserved a shot. I watched them play as I’ve watch many other teams play and I never saw what all the SEC haters claimed ND had. I don’t even wanna rub it in ND fans face this is just sad. I feel sorry for you guys.

  13. dannymac17 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:48 PM

    Im glad the posters of CFT are paying attention to these pac 12 refs. You serious? 7-0 and you blow back to back calls like that and expect that not to take the wind out of anyones sail?

    Get outta here.

  14. thefiesty1 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:49 PM

    Nothing is working for ND so far. And it maybe too late already.

  15. kidder95 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:52 PM

    ND fans are gonna blame Pac 12 refs for this debacle? Amazing.

  16. dcroz says: Jan 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    I don’t know that I would call Notre Dame a fraud nearly as much as they look like a team that has not played this big a game in the last 20 years of their program, let alone the careers of these players. Alabama, meanwhile, has LIVED at this level week in and week out for the last five years. The result was what you saw on those first three possessions for both teams, where ND looked nervous and confused while ‘Bama looked like just another day at the office. The Tide is still getting the better of the Irish, though the game has settled down more into the one we thought it would be.

  17. Reggie's Bush says: Jan 7, 2013 9:53 PM

    How far is te’o’s stock dropping after today?

  18. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 9:56 PM

    @dannymac17 …

    Well, if they’d actually blown the calls, it might be an issue … but they didn’t.

    I just hope Nick doesn’t back off.

  19. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 9:57 PM

    I’m sorry but Notre Dame looks COMPLETELY outclassed right now.

    They are running right at the most pedestrian Heisman finalist ever. And they are running right OVER him….

  20. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 7, 2013 9:57 PM

    SEC dominance showing once again. Notre Dame shouldnt have been here. Oregon would have more exciting. LSU with no offense could whip this team.

  21. hojo20 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:58 PM

    ND……LOL.

  22. 6superbowls says: Jan 7, 2013 10:01 PM

    ND didn’t deserve to be here. This is proof. Gift calls (at home) against Stanford and Pitt allowed them to go undefeated. Until now.

  23. goodfieldnohit says: Jan 7, 2013 10:02 PM

    By my count in the first half, T’eo has one assisted tackle, five missed tackles, including one on Alabama’s 4th TD of the half, and one blown coverage, on an Alabama TD pass.

    Heisman, give it to him.

  24. jakpsu1 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:02 PM

    Now we see why Manti Te’o should’ve never been a Heisman finalist. For such a “game changing” LB he sure is missing from the biggest game of his career. Just goes to show ESPN can hype up anyone and the voters believe it.

  25. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 7, 2013 10:03 PM

    @ 8to8

    I’m sure when its all said and done if it’s not the PAC-12 refs it will be the weather, or maybe even distracted by the fiscal cliff.

  26. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 10:06 PM

    That was fantastic! Brian Kelly’s strategy for the 2nd half…… hope Alabama doesn’t come out!

    LOL! He know’s he doesn’t have the athletes to compete against Alabama and is probably going to run a lot in the second half to get out of this thing before Alabama hangs 50 on them. This game is only watchable because it’s so hilarious!

    How many ND fans are switching to Hancock on FX at 10:30?

  27. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 7, 2013 10:09 PM

    LMAO…. ND Clearly Overrated and Out Match!! Welcome to Real Football Gentlemen! And T’eo is a scrub!! Dat Nguyen All Over again. He not on Jarvis Jones level; But was up for the Heisman! What a Joke!!!

  28. kidder95 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:09 PM

    Stanford, Oregon, A&M, LSU… Give the public anyone but this crappy overrated, old man, ND junk.

  29. dcroz says: Jan 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    Te’o was the Heisman runner-up for three reasons: 1) weak Heisman class (which was why a freshman won it for the first time ever), 2) Notre Dame’s PR machine, and 3) ESPN has made the decision that a player’s “story” is more important than his on-field performance. Te’o lost his mother and girlfriend at nearly the same time early in the season, so the WWL decided that it would make such a great Hollywood moment if he were to walk off with the Stiff-Armed Trophy at the end of the film…er, season. There was an element of that in 2009 with Mark Ingram winning, and one can even argue that RGIII’s potential marketability had a lot to do with the push he got in the last few weeks of the season last year. One can argue whether the Heisman was ever really a true indicator of college football’s best player, but it seems to have gotten all the credibility of the Nobel Peace Prize lately.

  30. melikefootball says: Jan 7, 2013 10:10 PM

    Love half time the reasoning of announcers for reason of out played ND, tackling. As just a fan of football no tie to either school the obvious is ND is completely outmached in the first half. How can a #1 team be the under dog? If this keeps up how do you rank ND in the top ten. No one thought this would be the score at half time. Poor coaching by ND not having this team ready.

  31. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 7, 2013 10:12 PM

    If Notre Dame played a SEC schedule during the season, we would have already known they weren’t quite ready for prime time. Alabama, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Vanderbilt (yes, Vandy) and the remainder of the SEC teams played against one another week in and week out and found out one another’s weaknesses and strengths.

    The best competition in the country is in the SEC, and that makes a team stronger and ready to play outside the conference (if the team survives without too many injuries). Alabama tonight is showcasing the SEC excellence.

    Roll Tide Roll (and keep rolling!!!!)

  32. kozbee says: Jan 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    No matter if ND had a good defense or not a azz whoopin was in order.SEC rules.

  33. cometkazie says: Jan 7, 2013 10:13 PM

    dcroz says:
    Jan 7, 2013 9:53 PM
    +-+-+

    And you can’t really blame Te’o. He hasn’t faced an offense like this. ‘Bama’s quickness has him and the rest of the defense flabbergasted.

    And I think that other undefeated team from the mid-west would look just as bad.

  34. normtide says: Jan 7, 2013 10:16 PM

    Lot of game left. Bama can not let up. Two quarters away from the trophy. Lets put this thing away in the third. Better not count ND out. Roll Tide!

  35. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 7, 2013 10:18 PM

    But….but….this is Notre DAME…the most stories collegiate program in the country.

    How on Earth could Brent (Musberger) have gotten it SO wrong?!??

    #irony

    @ Ukeone

    “here’s lookin’ at you kid”

    # LMFAO #KMA

  36. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 10:21 PM

    Fighting “Irish”… looks more like the Fighting “French”…

  37. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 10:22 PM

    Urban said it plainly and evenly that the speed and size difference is so glaring it’s to the point of being sad.

    And the Fowler chimed in with what we are all thinking that Stanford or Oregon aren’t showing up for the 2nd half to entertain us. Or my Dawgs getting a rematch!

  38. infrno says: Jan 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    Sorry, but Teo is not much more than average. Kevin Minter was twice the linebacker all season.

  39. 410keith says: Jan 7, 2013 10:35 PM

    Looks like the mobile homers are doing pretty damn good! Dumba ss Yankees!! Hahahahahahahahahahah!

  40. infrno says: Jan 7, 2013 10:38 PM

    Definitely should have been an SEC championship game rematch

  41. kidder95 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:40 PM

    ND praying the clock keeps moving.

  42. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 7, 2013 11:23 PM

    No offense to the rest of the country and the great conferences out there. This is why week in, week out the SEC play a tough conference schedule. It prepares teams for the mental aspect of the game. You can denigrate Ole Miss, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas all you want. Those teams will put some major knocks on the side of your head and you will still feel it Thursday in the training room.

    Every weekend can’t be Georgia/Florida or Alabama/ LSU. This is why every SEC game matters, every quarter, every series, every play. This is why every weekend in an SEC football game, they will beat the ever loving crap out of each other and respect each other because each team knows that they got the best effort and the best play from their SEC opponent.

    This builds respect and this builds an espirit de corp for the conference as a whole. I know other people will never understand this. perhaps this is why the SEC is a breed apart.

  43. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 7, 2013 11:25 PM

    Has any one seen keone?

  44. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 7, 2013 11:29 PM

    No…But then again it’s a school night. Mom may not have let him on the computer…

  45. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 7, 2013 11:33 PM

    infrno wrote Jan 7, 2013 10:32 PM

    Sorry, but Teo is not much more than average. Kevin Minter was twice the linebacker all season.

    _________________

    Who is this Teo and what position does he play?
    What team?

  46. bozosforall says: Jan 7, 2013 11:37 PM

    A Bama – Texas A&M rematch would have been a much better game, leaving ND to rematch with Oklahoma. Would have made for two better games, instead of two blowouts.

    ND should just join the Little Ten, since they can’t beat the SEC either.

  47. domerhomer says: Jan 8, 2013 12:22 AM

    Joke!! Horrible officiating! NCAA should be ashamed of itself!!!

  48. rtfox says: Jan 8, 2013 1:17 AM

    Where r the Irish fans and voodoo? Voodoo is probably in his swamp hole, like the rat he is. Hail Mary full of grace notre dame is out of first place!!

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