The Friday night before the big game is finally here and with only a couple of days left till the National Title Game, Notre Dame is getting in their last practice sessions. Playing under the bright lights of the national stage is something that the players say do not bother them.
“Personally I do not feel the pressure,” says Theo Riddick Notre Dame Running Back. “I do not think as a group we really feel the pressure. We just go out there and have fun, and we play for each other.”
Alabama has been in this position before, and are beginning to be considered a dynasty as they go for their third national title in four years.
“I have been in a National Championship game,” says Robert Lester the Alabama Safety. “There is not much to say to get these guys up. A lot of these guys are ready and eager to play this game. It is more about getting there and holding back their emotions in the game to limit them from making stupid little mistakes.”
With the Irish practicing outside in the heat Friday getting the final tune up before the big game, experts have labeled them the underdogs despite being ranked as the number one team in the nation and being undefeated.
“I think us as a team want to make a statement,” says Everett Golson Notre Dame Quarterback. “Being that we have always been counted out from the beginning of the year up until now we definitely want to make a statement.”
It is something that has barely happened before with a 12-0 team and Notre dame, but when you go up against Alabama that is what happens. For the Irish players they are ok with that because they have been in the position before.
“We did not come down here to lose a football game,” says Zach Martin Irish Captain and Offensive Lineman. “We are going to go into the game and we know that they are very good. We are pretty good to so if we go out there and execute we are going to be in a dog fight, but we are ready to win this football game.”
All the preparation finally gets under way Monday night in Miami in the BCS National Championship Game.
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