Monday, January 7, 2013

Mini Preview: Alabama vs. Notre Dame

This is just a mini-preview of the national championship game, since I don't really have a dog in the fight.  However, Michigan is in the unique position of having played both national championship contenders during the regular season; the Wolverines lost to Alabama by a score of 41-14 and followed that up three weeks later with a 13-6 loss to Notre Dame.

Roster notes
  • Michigan recruited DT Chris Bonds, S Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, LB Trey DePriest, CB John Fulton, RB Dee Hart, CB Cyrus Jones, OL Ryan Kelly, OL Arie Kouandjio, OL Cyrus Kouandjio, LB Dillon Lee, CB Dee Milliner, LB Tana Patrick, RB Blake Sims, CB Geno Smith, DE Dalvin Tomlinson, and CB Jabriel Washington
  • RB Dee Hart was once committed to Michigan prior to the firing of Rich Rodriguez
  • Head coach Nick Saban and TE/ST coach Bobby Williams both used to be head coaches at Michigan State

Roster Notes
  • Michigan recruited K Kyle Brindza, WR Chris Brown, WR DaVaris Daniels, DT Sheldon Day, LB Dan Fox, QB Everett Golson, OT Mark Harrell, DE Jarron Jones, QB Gunner Kiel, OT Christian Lombard, OT Zack Martin, WR Davonte Neal, DT Louis Nix III, S Elijah Shumate, OG Chris Watt, TE Alex Welch, RB Cierre Wood, and CB Lo Wood.
  • Alabama's front seven has its way with Notre Dame's offensive line
  • Everett Golson shows his lack of experience and turns over the ball three times
  • Notre Dame's secondary gets burned by some play action passes
  • Alabama 31, Notre Dame 10


  1. I thought I'd be upset if an SEC team won yet another Nation Championship, but I'm going to enjoy every second of tonights game.

  2. That pretty much went as expected. I have for a long time thought that Brian Kelly is a great football coach having followed a couple kids I know through friends who went through Grand Valley, but as we learned playing Alabama, it's hard to play against superior talent at just about every position.

    Manti who? Alabama got a hat on Te'o nearly every down.

  3. I would have felt much better about Michigan's disastrous loss to Alabama back in early September had I known this would happen. I'll be damned if that didn't look like a replay. Vindicated!