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Irish bring some magic

Jeff Otterbein

Hartford Courant

Notre Dame will win the BCS championship.

On paper the Irish should not. They don't even play in the SEC.

But there is something magical about what Brian Kelly is doing in South Bend. Yes, they've had the luck of the Irish this season, but they're good, too.

They have the defense. The offense has gotten better as the season has progressed. They seem to have the right chemistry.

Fans either love or hate Notre Dame, but something about college football seems better when the Irish are in the title hunt.

They have the history – and they will make some more in the BCS championship game. Can't you hear Lou Holtz now? Notre Dame wasn't even in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.

jotterbein@tribune.com

ND has found a way

Brian Hamilton

Chicago Tribune

For a good chunk of the season, Alabama appeared to be from another planet. Then a force named Johnny Football swept into Tuscaloosa, and the Crimson Tide plummeted back to earth.

So the BCS championship game will feature an Alabama team that for basically every weekend but one appeared to be in its own class. Even Notre Dame, which did not falter even once, appears in some ways less complete and formidable than the defending national champions.

So why does it feel like the Irish are going to win Jan. 7? Because it just does, even as Alabama represents the sternest challenge yet to what Notre Dame does well at the line of scrimmage on both sides. Notre Dame has found a way all year, or the ways have found Notre Dame, so why not once more?

bhamilton@tribune.com

BCS gets perfect matchup

Matt Murschel

Orlando Sentinel

It's Notre Dame and Alabama in the BCS championship, like it always should have been. Both programs represent the history, tradition and pageantry of college football.

We all know Notre Dame has been winning games with a stout defense led by Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Te'o, but Alabama has a pretty good defense as well — ranked No. 1 in the country in total defense and rushing defense.

On offense, Alabama has the one-two punch of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon in the backfield. The two combined for more than 300 yards against Georgia in the SEC title game. Top it off with AJ McCarron's experience and Nick Saban's coaching, and it's hard to argue that the Crimson Tide won't capture back-to-back championships.

mmurschel@tribune.com

Go with the leprechaun

John Cherwa

Los Angeles Times

There is little doubt Notre Dame has been lucky — can you say Pittsburgh? And there is little doubt that Alabama is probably the second-best team in the country behind Oregon. But if the best team always won there would be no reason to play the games. Alabama's defense is extraordinary. let's not forget that Alabama tipped the pass that should have been dropped by the Georgia receiver on Saturday.

But instinct being what it is, the receiver caught the pass and time expired and Alabama had its share of luck. Intuitively, talent should always trump luck, but here's thinking that Notre Dame has one more leprechaun to pull out of its hat and pulls off an undefeated season in a game that goes down to the final three minutes of the game. Irish by four.

jcherwa@tribune.com

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