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Who wins tonight’s BCS championship?

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When it comes to predictions, our friends over at P101 have been satisfying your pregame hunger for the past several months.

But, tonight is the BCS championship, so we’ve decided to break out our own predictions for what we think will happen between top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama. As you’ll read below, John, Keith Arnold over at Inside the Irish and I have picked our winner, the score and what we feel will be the key(s) to the game.

We also have a nifty poll so you can make your opinion heard as well.

So, let’s get to it.

John’s pickAlabama 24, Notre Dame 20

Vegas sees the defending BCS champions as a 9.5-point favorite.  I see a game that’s much, much closer, with both defenses taking turns shutting down the opposing offense until AJ McCarron leads Alabama on a game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter to seal the Tide’s unprecedented third BCS title in four years and deny Notre Dame its first since 1988.  An Irish win, though, wouldn’t be as shocking as some would like to believe.

Ben’s pick: Notre Dame 26, Alabama 24

Back when I released our preseason conference guesses projections, I said confidently that I would not pick against Alabama again for the rest of the season. However, in the immortal words of Lee Corso, “Ah, f— it.” I’m reversing field and going with the Irish.

Why the upset? It all starts in the trenches. The Irish’s stiff defense will manage to keep Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon from breaking loose — notice I didn’t say “stop” — putting more pressure on A.J. McCarron. Another key for the Irish is going to be tempo on offense, just like it was for Texas A&M when it beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Keith Arnold’s pick: Notre Dame 21, Alabama 17

It’ll be a tight game into the fourth quarter when Everett Golson makes a big play late with both his arms and legs.  Notre Dame caps off its dream season with another probable win.


Now that we’ve made our predictions, it’s time to pass the question on to you. It’s a simple one: who wins tonight? And… go!


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57 Responses to “Who wins tonight’s BCS championship?”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 7:52 PM


  2. lew24 says: Jan 7, 2013 7:53 PM

    I’m thinking 17-13 Notre Dame

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jan 7, 2013 7:55 PM

    Alabama 28 Notre Dame 21

    Bama’s offensive line neutralizes the vaunted defense of the Irish, McCarron releases the ball quickly. Alabama freezes several key Irish defenders and begins to dominate in the latter part of the 4th quarter.

  4. irishtn says: Jan 7, 2013 8:03 PM

    42-14 ND bama has no chance

  5. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 8:06 PM

    Never make predictions, but I expect a tough game. I’d love to win this one for the Bear.

    Roll Tide Roll!!!!

  6. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:09 PM

    Bama all day every day. Nick Saban will again prove he is the best college coach of this generation.

  7. irishtn says: Jan 7, 2013 8:12 PM

    pluleez saban has no shot ND is just going through formality of being crowned

  8. jacunn2000 says: Jan 7, 2013 8:13 PM

    Pretty sure A&M is going to destroy Alabama. Oh wait!

  9. noring4youstill says: Jan 7, 2013 8:18 PM

    Inbreds vs Pedo Priests. Can’t wait

  10. ensirish says: Jan 7, 2013 8:21 PM

    Notre Dame 38-27

  11. classyjacklambert says: Jan 7, 2013 8:21 PM

    My head says Alabama in a blowout but my heart says the Irish take it in a close one. Gotta split the difference and guess…
    Alabama – 30
    Notre Dame – 24

  12. sparty0n says: Jan 7, 2013 8:21 PM

    As much as the green and white dislike Saban, the reality is that ND gets a big dose of reailty tonight even with the help I expect ND to get from the officials.

  13. metroplexfrog says: Jan 7, 2013 8:27 PM

    Mobile homers are going to win a close one, say 23-19.

  14. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 8:30 PM

    @metroplexfrog …

    Really? Most pundits are going with Bama.

  15. monsterright says: Jan 7, 2013 8:49 PM

    If the officiating keeps going like this I will be watching something else by halftime. Officials are trying to keep the wrong team in it. Bama needs NO help.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 8:50 PM

    Early going looks like NDs defensive line cant handle the all american line of Bama… Lacy is having his way so far…

  17. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 8:53 PM

    Notre dame is getting embarrassed right now

  18. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 9:05 PM

    Yes, Brent, his knee was down. That’s why they ruled his knee was down. No leprechauns were needed. And ND interferred with the fair catch. That’s why they ruled ND interferred with the fair catch–as the officiating expert sitting right beside you expained. And the ball popped out of that receiver’s hand as he fell to the ground, then he grabbed it back. That’s why they ruled he was juggling it. The rule is that you have to maintain control all the way to the ground. Maybe 73 is too old to call a title game, Brent. But I’m sure the Notre Dame fans appreciate you pretending the refs did it.

  19. titansbro says: Jan 7, 2013 9:06 PM

    Stupid people picking ND. Bama is gonna roll. SEC is simply superior.

  20. mdac1012 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:11 PM

    Getting ugly for N.D. very quickly

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

    Bama is rolling thanks to the terrible officiating. ND is in a hole and won’t dig themselves out.

  22. roni says: Jan 7, 2013 9:14 PM

    Is Man Ti Teo(sp?, ah who cares!) the most pedestrian Heisman finalist ever!?!

    I’m watching this game and he looks like the biggest liability on the field. Doing nothing to stop the run and worthless in pass coverage, but I guess the entire ND defense is worthless in pass coverage so he’s par for the course there.

    I hate Alabama and don’t want them to win, but at least delusional ND fans well get a cold dose of reality.

  23. wwttww says: Jan 7, 2013 9:14 PM

    SECya next title game!

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 9:15 PM

    Touted goal line D of ND is getting shown up… HARD!

    Te’o looks completely outclassed so far. 2 missed tackles and missed assignment that gave Bama their second TD…

  25. CBFAN says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    Would have rather seen Oregon play bama. ND is just physically outmatched.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 9:16 PM

    Notice whos gap they ran too. Bama just ran straight over Manti Te’o…

  27. thepftpaperchase says: Jan 7, 2013 9:21 PM

    Irishtn: you mean ND 49-21? Gotcha.

  28. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:23 PM

    This is nasty

  29. CBFAN says: Jan 7, 2013 9:24 PM

    Wondering why ND is even in this game, then looked at their 2012 schedule and it all makes sense. Pitt, Wake Forest, Boston College, BYU….

  30. glestonsimmons says: Jan 7, 2013 9:25 PM

    This one isn’t on NBC?
    History indeed.

  31. glestonsimmons says: Jan 7, 2013 9:27 PM

    Brent is as nuts as usual!

  32. 13datsyuk13 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:29 PM

    At this point I’m only watching to see McCarrons girlfriend.

  33. thepftpaperchase says: Jan 7, 2013 9:34 PM

    irishtn: Sorry for the miscalculation. ND 42-21? Right?

  34. Deb says: Jan 7, 2013 9:35 PM

    @thefiesty1 …

    Seriously? You guys are a trip LOL

  35. sparky683 says: Jan 7, 2013 9:36 PM

    Ho hum. Sorry advertisers, checking out of this boring blowout.

  36. gamustangdude says: Jan 7, 2013 9:37 PM

    Where’s Irishdodger and ukeone?

    Weren’t they the more vocal Irish fans that have suddenly lost their voice. Think what you want about the refs. Lacey has nearly 100 yards in the first half. Irish have given up two rushing TDs in one game so far. Defense wins championships and NDs defense is M.I.A.

  37. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 7, 2013 9:43 PM

    Yeah that goal line D we heard about is still on the bus… ND getting physically dominated on both lines of scrimmage.

  38. woebegong says: Jan 7, 2013 10:08 PM

    Well Ben, now I know why they say fans and writers watch and players play the game. Notre dame better find a way to get something going in the second half or this could be a complete embarrassment for Notre Dame.

  39. melikefootball says: Jan 7, 2013 10:14 PM

    Shows you what these experts know when they picked ND and have all the scores so close. Then you have to hear Herby tell us that ND is a big under dog. How can any team be ranked #1 and then THEY are an under dog. Shows you how under rated this rankins system is.

  40. timebandit24 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:41 PM

    I can just hear Harvey Updyke now….Roll damn tide

  41. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 7, 2013 10:47 PM

    When you have a program thats proven in a dominate league and an unproven team that was lucky all season long this is the outcome. Out matched and shouldnt be here. For all that are crying about the refs, LSU had crappy calls all game. No sour grapes here. Its part of football. Get over it

  42. jaygott87 says: Jan 7, 2013 10:53 PM

    Roll Tide!!! Nice predictions fellas :)

  43. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 10:57 PM

    My prediction is looking pretty good right now.

  44. be4bama says: Jan 7, 2013 10:59 PM

    8to80. That nd goal line defense must be still on the bus.

  45. bozosforall says: Jan 7, 2013 11:26 PM

    irishtn says:
    Jan 7, 2013 8:03 PM
    42-14 ND bama has no chance


    Looks like you got that backwards so far, drunken Irish idiot.

  46. drexelvol says: Jan 7, 2013 11:44 PM

    be4bama called it! Nice job!

    irishtn got it too, just the other way around! Hahahahahaha.

  47. drexelvol says: Jan 7, 2013 11:48 PM

    John, Ben and Keith – Don’t quit your day jobs, guys.

  48. rtfox says: Jan 8, 2013 1:11 AM

    Where r the Irish fans? Hail Mary full of grace notre dame out of first place!!!

  49. lasseter1113 says: Jan 8, 2013 1:43 AM

    How funny is it Irishtn had it backwards, probably climbed back under the rock that he came from sense of entitlement DEFLATED!!! Hahaha, how does it feel to get beat by the “cousins”? Sucks don’t it? All of you bigots with your negative stereotypes can take them and stick them where the sun don’t shine. REVENGE IS SO DAMN SWEET!!!

    Oh btw be4bama, damn good call, you NAILED it!! 28 on the dot, 42-14, Roll Tide Roll!!!!!

  50. henryjones20 says: Jan 8, 2013 2:22 AM

    holy moses@ irishtn u predicted the score right on!!!! hope u placed sum bets.

  51. henryjones20 says: Jan 8, 2013 5:45 AM

    @irishtn if only u had picked the right team.lmao

  52. woebegong says: Jan 8, 2013 8:50 AM

    Now, truth be told, and if someone did an honest evaluation, Notre Dame, had it been a member of the SEC, would be about the 5th best team in the conference. Alabama, UGA, S.C., and Texas A&M would have beaten them on the field. Notre Dame is scheduled to go to the ACC for football in 2014, so that should assure them of a Orange Bowl game, each year, as they will be superior to the teams in that conference almost every year. People can say all they want about the SEC, but they play a tough schedule every year, because they play each other, so they are prepared for the big game, and as Alabama proved, they know how to win it. All things are cyclical in college football, or so the pundits say, but I don’t think the SEC is near the top of it’s continued dominance of college football yet. Maybe this 4 team playoff system will do what other college teams can’t do, and that is keep the SEC out of the big games somehow.

  53. dolfan66r says: Jan 8, 2013 9:02 AM

    This ND team should have lost 5 games. The fans would have been calling for his job after 3 years!The media believed the own hype and actually some on this site even picked the Irish, Do you watch the games at all? Many holes in the Irish offense and defense

  54. woebegong says: Jan 8, 2013 9:38 AM

    A lot has to do with the fact that SEC teams play each other in the toughest conference in the country, and that prepares them for big games most of the time. Alabama just proved the point, and Notre dame, just proved how really messed up this BCS rating system is.
    If there were going to be a really legitimate play off season, of at least 8 teams, the cream would still rise to the top, even though it should be easier now, to keep SEC teams out of the mix.
    The SEC is just enjoying our rise to the top, and the superiority of the conference, much like the big 10, and what used to be the SW conference enjoyed in their era of superiority. The SEC will be in the thick of things for the foreseeable, so there will be plenty of chances for a repeat in the future, but right now, the SEC is just superior to the rest of the football conferences out there. Alabama is far superior to teams like Notre Dame, because they have a great coach, and play in a great, tough conference. Just think of how much this further helped their recruiting for the coming years.

  55. wopgenius says: Jan 8, 2013 1:08 PM


    ND is not going to the ACC for football. They will be ACC for everything else just not football. They did however finagle another ND deal that allows them to play the ACC champ in the Orange Bowl every year they are eligible.

    Since they will be continuing their weak schedule traditions by adding 5 games against ACC opponents, becoming eligible shouldn’t be a problem.

  56. rsmeans says: Jan 9, 2013 6:29 AM

    Well now that it is over you would think that the media, AP voters, Harris voters and Coaches who vote would learn a big lesson–being undefeated against a weak schedule means nothing. Losing two games in the SEC can still make you the best team in the country.

    But ND is on the right track. Kelly and his staff are coping the SEC model and eventually it will pay off. That will take 3-4 years minimum but one day the Irish will again be a power to reckon with. But the media has not learned. They are picking teams like Ohio State in the top 5 for this year and last year when they had the softest schedule in the CFA. They are picking TAM 5th when they would beat anyone other than perhaps Alabama by a wide margin. They are putting Oregon in the top 5 when it has been proven time and again that Oregon cannot compete against elite SEC teams.

    In looking at 2013 the safest bet is to pick an SEC team first. As long as Saban is at Alabama they are likely to remain the cream of the crop. Ohio State or Oregon are not top 10 teams but I suppose history will have to repeat itself a 100 times before the media notes this.

  57. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 10, 2013 10:57 PM

    @ Woe & Wop

    You are both spot on.

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