Notre Dame and Alabama are two teams that are essentially mirror images of one another. The BCS National Championship will set Notre Dame’s number-one ranking defense against Alabama’s top-notch offense.
The game will be an opportunity where the Irish offense, up against the Alabama defense, will look very much like when the Alabama offense goes up against Notre Dame’s defense in one-on-one drills in practice.
After talking to the two teams about the ensuing matchup, both sides seem to have plenty of respect for the other.
In a press conference on Thursday, Notre Dame’s own Kapron Lewis-Moore said, “Oh my gosh, Alabama’s running backs are tremendous.” The Irish captain complimented Alabama’s Eddie Lacy on his ability to “really cram to get those extra two or three yards.”
But the respect didn’t stop there, calling Alabama “methodical,” Notre Dame safety Zeke Motta said the first thing he noticed about the opposition’s offense was “their size and the way they conduct themselves as a team.”
The Crimson Tide also practiced for the first time in south Florida on Thursday. They too expressed a ton of respect for what Notre Dame is able to do on the defensive side of the ball.
“Just how fundamental they are. They play well together, they have a nose for the football,” said Tide running back Eddie Lacy.
Alabama center Barrett Jones also commented on how “fundamental” the Irish defense is, dolling out compliments like “they hardly ever make mistakes,” “you can tell they’re extremely well-coached,” and “they just do all the little things right.”