Manti Te’o versus Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon
The most decorated player in college football history, Manti Te’o, will need to have one more legendary performance for the Irish to become national champions. Te’o will face one of the most elite running back tandems in the nation, that of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon. Te’o has faced plenty of talented running backs this season but never a team with two elite backs coupled with a dominating offensive line. Lacy and Yeldon represent a combination of power and speed. Lacy represents the power with 1182 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns, and freshman sensation T.J. Yeldon represents the speed with 1000 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on 6.5 yards per carry. Te’o will need to set the tone physically versus Lacy and Yeldon in order for the Irish defense to avoid being on the field for long stretches of time.
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