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JOE BIDDLE: Bama bullies Leprechauns

Posted: Updated: Jan 7, 2013 11:26 PM CST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - So you thought last year's Alabama-LSU all-SEC matchup was a boring excuse for a BCS National Championship game.

Ask Notre Dame with its Heisman runner-up linebacker and its undefeated record and No. 1 ranking if it wants any more of Alabama.

After watching Alabama toss the Irish around like rag dolls in a 28-0 first half, I would like to put forth a motion that could save college football.

A four-team playoff will be perfect, provided they pick the best players from the other three teams and let them have a go at Nick Saban's pit bulls.

I don't throw the word dynasty around lightly. But Alabama qualifies. Dynasty? Danged right. Beating Notre Dame 42-14 is evidence.
 
You know Alabama has it going on when quarterback A.J. McCarron is dating Miss Alabama USA and she is an Auburn graduate. I'm sure there's a law against that in Alabama, but the young lady has the right idea. If you can't beat 'em, join ‘em.

Alabama wasted no time carving up the Irish like a cross-eyed coroner. While Notre Dame went three-and-out the first two times it had the football, Alabama answered with two touchdowns in its first two possessions.

Bama ran when it wanted to, passed when it wanted to with a minimum resistance from the Irish. Alabama's run game was punishing, hitting the Irish with the potent one-two combination of junior Eddie Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon, a quick, punishing 6-2, 216-pounder.

Even Heisman runner-up Manti Te'o looked lost. And to think he won seven individual national awards this season. The Notre Dame linebacker wasn't nearly as rattled as Irish quarterback Everett Golson, a sophomore in his first season as a starter. Golson played high school football at Myrtle Beach. Alabama's defense was anything but a day at the beach for Golson.

On the other hand, McCarron was in control from the opening series of the game, taking the Crimson Tide on a 82-yard touchdown drive. He later orchestrated touchdown drives of 61, 80, 71, 97 and 86 yards. There were no freebies. McCarron was trying to become the first college quarterback to win back-to-back BCS national championships. Florida State's Chris Weinke failed, as did Miami's Ken Dorsey and Southern Cal's Matt Leinart.

The score climbed to 35-0 in the third quarter as McCarron scanned the field and found an open receiver who jogged in the end zone untouched. It was an all-too familiar scene.

To think Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly had more than a month to prepare for Alabama. They played more like they had been on a month's cruise. It took them until 4:08 left in the third quarter for Notre Dame to get on the scoreboard, leaving them only 28 points in arrears.

Alabama has now won back-to-back national championships and three in the last four seasons. No wonder they have a bronze statue of Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa. Saban has now won four national championships, including one at LSU.

Saban is now 62-13 since coming to Alabama in 2007, and he was 7-6 that inaugural season. Outsiders gasped for air when they learned what Alabama had to pay Saban to be its coach. He's been worth every million they have given him.

ESPN analyst and Brentwood resident Kirk Herbstreit predicted Alabama is not through with its championship run. He thinks its somewhere in the middle of laying waste to all comers. He called it the top college dynasty he has seen during his life.

Even the wise guys in Las Vegas recognized Alabama's strength, making the No. 2 team a 10-point favorite over the undefeated and top-ranked Irish. Conversely, ESPN's College Game Day clown Lee Corso dressed up in a goofy leprechaun suit, signifying he was picking Notre Dame to upset Alabama.

The moral of that story? Listen to the wise guys.

Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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