The Alabama Crimson Tide from the SEC conference will face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the BCS Championship Game in an NCAA college football game on Monday night January 7th 2013. Kick off time from Miami Florida is scheduled for 8:30PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN.
The betting odds from the BCS Championship Game opened up with the Alabama Crimson Tide opening up as a -10 point favorite with an over under line of 40 ½ points. Early money from the bettors has landed on the underdog as Alabama is now favored by -9 ½ points. The total has moved down a ½ point to a current line of 40 points.
This will be the first meeting between Alabama and Notre Dame since way back in the 1987 season where the Fighting Irish posted the 37-6 home win as a -7 point betting favorite. The total landed over 41 ½ points. CFB Trend: Alabama Crimson Tide is 1-4 ATS in their past five games.
Alabama enters play in the BCS Championship Game with a record of 12-1 on the year. The team went 5-0 away from home. The only loss of the season by the Crimson Tide came against a passing team as they drop a 29-24 home defeat to Texas A&M Aggies as a -13 ½ point betting favorite. Head coach Nick Saben commented how the Crimson Tide had trouble re-energizing after an emotional 21-17 win the week prior at LSU. The Crimson Tide has notable wins this season against Michigan and a 32-28 win in the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs. The Crimson Tide sports the number one defense in college football by allowing 246 yards a game. The team scores 38 points a game and allows 10 points. Junior quarterback A.J. McCarron completed 66% of his throws with 26 touchdowns and 3 picks.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish enters play with a record of 12-0 on the year. The team went 5-0 away from home. The team has several notable wins this season by beating nine bowl teams this season. They beat Rose Bowl champion Stanford at home by the score of 20-13 in overtime as a -7 ½ point favorite. Notre Dame goes on the road and beats up Oklahoma 30-13. The Fighting Irish concluded play with the 22-13 road win at the USC Trojans who was utilizing a freshman backup quarterback due to injury to Matt Barkley. Notre Dame had its one moment of luck as they survive a missed chip field goal in overtime in a 29-26 home win against Pittsburgh. The Fighting Irish finished the year with the number one scoring defense in college football by allowing just 10 points a game. Teams gain just 286 yards against the Fighting Irish good for sixth in the nation in total defense. They run the ball very well with 202 yards rushing per game ranking 29th. Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson completed 59% of his passes with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.