The Notre Dame Fighting Irish finished their season undefeated with the number one BCS ranking. According to Jeff Sagarin’s strength of schedule Notre Dame was ranked at 31 and Alabama was ranked at 34. Notre Dame top 20 opponents were Michigan, Stanford, Oklahoma and USC. Alabama (top 20) opponents were Michigan, Georgia, LSU and Texas A&M.
Alabama begged to differ as so did many others who questioned the legitimacy of Notre Dame’s strength of schedule. Despite the questions from some fans, there was the Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship game being introduced in Miami facing the Alabama Crimson Tide.
From the very first play Alabama seemed to answer weeks’ worth of media questions on the matchup, “Was Notre Dame good enough to stop Alabama?” The short answer is no. Alabama’s quarter back T.J. McCarron passed for 264 yards with the Tide running backs Eddie Lacey and T.J. Yeldon rushing for a combined 240 yards and two touchdowns.
Notre Dame’s quarterback Everett Golson seemed to be scrambling the entire night, trying to escape Coach Nick Saban’s dominating defense. The only bright spot for Notre Dame seemed to come from wide receiver Davaris Daniels with 6 receptions for 115 yards. It didn’t take long for channels to turn and when the clock finally ended it was Alabama dominate win 42-14 that once again gave Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide another opportunity to hoist the BCS Championship trophy as well as answer the question of who in the end had the top ranked BCS team.