Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE
The Irish are up against an Alabama defensive line that spearheaded one of the most stifling defenses in the nation during the regular season.
As the 2013 BCS Championship game approaches, Notre Dame's offensive line is focused on doing what it can to slow down a disruptive and talented Alabama defensive line. Irish left tackle Zack Martin said he thinks this is the best group his team has had to face all season.
"I think collectively they will be the toughest defensive line we face," Martin said. "We have played some talented players, but collectively Alabama is the most talented. They are big, physical and have guys that can stop the run."
The Crimson Tide's defensive line anchors a defense that finished the regular season ranked first nationally in total yards and rushing yards allowed per game. Alabama also ranks 26th in sacks per game, with an average of 2.5.
Notre Dame gave up 1.3 sacks per game during the regular season, which ranked 28th nationally. The Irish also relied on the offensive line to open up holes for a ground game that averaged more than 200 yards per contest.