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BGI Gazette: Monday, Dec. 3

In the next five weeks every conceivable angle and story about the BCS Championship matchup between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama will be overturned. The first debates about Notre Dame’s realistic chances of ending an SEC dynasty started this weekend.

Notre Dame and Alabama will play for the crystal football on Jan. 7.

Alabama and a third title in four years aren’t as sure of a thing as some might think, writes Yahoo! Sports’ Pat Forde.

Michael Rosenberg disagrees. He wrote that he already watched the national championship game unfold in Atlanta on Saturday night for his column in Sports Illustrated.

Notre Dame is happy to be stuck in that underdog role once again, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly has talked about using the SEC as a model for building his program in South Bend since he took the job in 2010. The similarities in the trenches and on defense are easy to see.

The ties between the Irish and college football’s pre-eminent conference run deeper than the depth chart, says Brian Hamilton in the Chicago Tribune.

The historical connection between Notre Dame and Alabama is even more striking that their current on-the-field formula.BGI’s resident encyclopedia Lou Somogyi explains.

While those two schools have plenty in common, the rest of the country can unite against two teams that fans love to hate, writes Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel

The past week was also a successful one for Notre Dame alumni. Sunday night ended with an anonymous alum lending a very large helping hand to the current student body. Earlier in the day, former Irish players Kyle Rudolph and Golden Tate both caught touchdown passes for their respective NFL teams.

Tate’s touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks came in the final minutes of a come-from-behind win over the Chicago Bears. Rudolph’s score came in a 23-14 loss to Green Bay. His teammate past and present, safety Harrison Smith, had an interception for the Vikings.

Kansas City’s Brady Quinn threw two touchdown passes in a win Sunday following his teammate’s tragic murder-suicide a day earlier. Quinn shined in his post-game thoughts more than his play on the field, according to Mike Florio from NBC Sports.

Finally, the last Irish quarterback to win a national title, Tony Rice, stopped by BGI’s “Irish Huddle” podcast to talk about the long layoff before bowl season.

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