In the weeks leading up to the BCS Championship Game, Alabama Crimson Tide guard Chance Warmack has spent a lot of time breaking down film of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish defense. It probably didn't take him a ton of time to come away impressed with Notre Dame's front seven, and Warmack was quick to heap on the praise:
"I've watched a lot of film on them now," Warmack said. "They're just real physical, real big up front. Their linebackers are tremendous, they move tremendously well. They play tremendously well in terms of running to the running backs, whether or not the running back's in play-action or it's going to be an inside zone or outside zone. Safeties and corners do a good job of covering."
Notre Dame led the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 10.3 points per game. Alabama was right behind them in second, allowing 10.7 points per game. In terms of total defense, Alabama was first in the country, allowing just over 246 yards per game, and Notre Dame was sixth at 286 yards per game. The difference between the two teams is that Warmack and the Alabama offense have been potent, while Notre Dame has struggled at times to score points.
The Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish will play for the national championship on Jan. 7 in Miami. The Tide are a 9.5 point favorite, according to Oddsshark.com.