In the most anticipated BCS National Championship game of all time undefeated and number one ranked Notre Dame will face the toughest test of their miraculous season against defending champion Alabama. Despite being ranked number one the Irish are nine point underdogs to the Crimson Tide and few experts believe the Irish will win. However, the Irish have made a habit of proving the experts wrong this season, and the following matchups are the ones the Irish must win to be crowned national champions:
Louis Nix versus Barrett Jones
The Irish and Crimson Tide are mirror images of each other, as both teams look to play dominating defense and control the line of scrimmage by running the football. The most important matchup at the point of attack will be Notre Dame’s star nose-tackle Louis Nix against Alabama’s all-American center Barrett Jones. Nix has been a force all-season for the Irish, totally 45 tackles, two sacks, and five pass breakups. Nix will look to take advantage of the fact Jones will not be at 100 percent as he will be nursing a broken foot. Taking advantage of Jones is easier said than done however, as he is the key to an Alabama rushing offense that possesses two 1000 yard rushers and averages 5.6 yards per carry.