True News USA Prediction:
Notre Dame 21 - Alabama 17
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***We are revising it to about 42 to 14 Alabama!***
1. Redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson has made huge progress the second half of a perfect season as a passer, but he has only thrown for more than 250 yards twice. The Irish will likely need at least one, possibly two big plays in a low-scoring game, and may have to resort to trick formations to catch the Alabama defense off balance.
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2. The Irish defense will have to put added pressure on Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (r.), hoping he makes the same mistakes he did during the Tide’s lone loss to Texas A&M, when he threw two interceptions.
3. Notre Dame will have to find a way to control time of possession without abandoning its normally conservative, mistake-free offensive game plan against a carnivorous 3-4 defense. The Tide has only given up 13.4 first downs a game and is limiting opposing teams to just 79.8 yards rushing.