Certain aspects of the game really stood out to me. The Alabama defense seemed to control the Notre Dame offense. The Alabama offense seemed to control the Notre Dame defense. A.J. McCarron was red hot in the pocket. He completed 20 of his 28 attempted passes for 264 yards along with four touchdowns. Alabama’s run game was also impressive. Eddie Lacy was similar to a truck in the game. He broke tackles and literally tossed defenders to account for 140 rushing yards and a touchdown. Freshman T.J. Yeldon also contributed to the rushing, tacking on 108 yards and a touchdown. One of the most impressive stats of the night was Alabama’s time of possession, controlling the ball for just over 33 minutes. Notre Dame simply had no answer to anything Alabama put their way.
Another question popped in my head when I realized Alabama had the game won after the first quarter: “Is Nick Saban going to be better than Bear Bryant?” To that, I also say yes. In the last four years, Nick Saban has brought three National Championships to Alabama, giving himself four all time. Bryant’s six championships poured into Alabama over a span of 24 years. If you do the math, that is once every four years. Nick Saban has three in four years. At this rate, Saban could easily surpass Bryant within 12 years. Enough with the math now. Nick Saban is now one of the best college football coaches of all time.
Notre Dame is still my team. I am devastated by this embarrassing loss that my team suffered. I weep for Manti Te’o, who worked so hard to get to the title game, where he was a non-factor. But I smile for Alabama. I am happy to witness one of the greatest dynasties in the history of college football. And the best part is, the dynasty has just begun. For the time being, Roll Tide.