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Though they've been focused on their own teams throughout their respectively grueling seasons, it's clear Saban and Kelly both kept up with each other's progress.
Notre Dame, Alabama back where they so often have been, battling for national title
Notre Dame Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly is feeling pretty good on the set of College Gameday in Atlanta.
Having spent most of my undergraduate years in Southeastern Conference towns, I have never been a fan of Notre Dame football. But on Jan. 7, I will be rooting for the Fighting Irish to whip their SEC opponent in this season's Bowl Championship Series game. - I will be rooting for Notre Dame because the university is doing what all schools with football teams should be doing: caring as much about its players' academic success as it does about winning on the field.
Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is standing by his ballot in the final USA TODAY Top 25 coaches’ poll in which he ranked unbeaten Notre Dame fourth behind three Southeastern Conference teams.
Franklin said he intended no disrespect toward Notre Dame but was quite comfortable with how his ballot read.
Franklin ranked Alabama (12-1), Georgia (11-2) and Florida (11-1) ahead of the Irish (12-0). Only two other coaches on the 59-man voting panel failed to rank Notre Dame first: MTSU’s Rick Stockstill and Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville listed the Irish second.
The coaches poll counts for one-third of a team’s BCS ranking, which determines who makes the national championship game. No. 1 Notre Dame will meet No. 2 Alabama for the title on Jan. 7 in Miami.
Alabama and Georgia provided the country with one of the best football games of the season on Saturday when they squared off in the SEC title game in Atlanta...
They say that defense wins championships, and over the last few years, Alabama has proved that time and time again...
Sorry, Johnny Manziel. Te'o's performance and team leadership make him the most deserving player in 2012. Click here to read more about Te'o.
is the SEC title run over? And why Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma got the short end of things.
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Mel Kiper and Todd McShay give their early impressions on the BCS title game matchup between Alabama and Notre Dame, including whether the Irish should open up their offense against the Tide. Plus, the prospects who have risen the highest this season.
Slow down, says Bruce Feldman, when figuring on Bama whipping Notre Dame in the BCS title game. The Irish, with solid defense and an improving (and mobile) QB, could give the SEC a run for its seventh straight national title.
Marv Russell, a speaker at the South Florida Business Journal's Biz Growth Expo ...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football tradition. Who matches it? Well, I can think of one place that believes it does. Funny, how they've ended up in the same national championship game.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly talked with the media after it is announced that the Fighting Irish will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide on Jan. 7, 2013 in the Discover BCS National Championship game.
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly realizes what his team is up against in the 2013 BCS National Championship game. The Alabama Crimson Tide come in looking for their second straight title.
Manti Te'o, who on Monday morning received the Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker and Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defender, was named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy Monday evening.
The 2012 college football regular season has now officially come to a close. It was certainly another exciting year filled with plenty of great action, excitement and surprises, and it's one that taught us a lot...
It won't be another all-SEC national championship game this season, but Notre Dame fits the mold and will take on Alabama for the title Jan. 7.
The Nassau County Sports Commission, sponsored by Briarcliffe College, named University of Notre Dame senior tight end Tyler Eifert a finalist for the John Mackey Award. It is the second consecutive season in which Eifert was named a finalist for the award presented to the nation's top tight end.
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