Irish look to stem Tide for BCS crown

Jan. 07, 2013 @ 06:42 PM

I’m really pumped about tonight’s national championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama.
It’s Ara Parseghian’s undefeated Fighting Irish against Bear Bryant’s powerful Crimson Tide...
No, wait a minute. That was the 1973 Sugar Bowl.
My bad.
It’s been so long since the end of the regular season, I got my centuries mixed up.
For the record, Notre Dame won that Sugar Bowl 24-23 to secure the national crown.
These schools meet again this evening in the BCS National Championship game in Miami (8:30 p.m., ESPN).
Talk about college football bluebloods.
The Tide claim 14 national championships between 1925 and 2011, including two of the last three.
The Irish own 11 national crowns, but none since 1988.
Alabama (12-1) and Notre Dame (12-0) have met just six times in football. The Irish lead 5-1. Interestingly, all six previous meetings came between 1973 and 1987.
My gut tells me the Tide’s superior speed and strength on defense will make the difference.
But my heart (I am a McKinney, you know!) says it’s past time for the Fighting Irish to rule the college football roost.
In a classic, look for Notre Dame to eke out a 21-17 victory.