If you’re shocked by the score of the BCS National Championship last night, then you probably have some company.
If you’re surprised that Alabama won the game at all, then clearly you haven’t been paying attention.
The Crimson Tide, now national champions in three of the last four seasons, proved again why they are the best team in the country. In the title game against Notre Dame, the champs started off by socking the Irish in the mouth. Yes, there were a few bad calls that set Notre Dame back thereafter, but it was incumbent upon the Notre Dame defense — definitely their best feature this season — to stop the Tide. They didn’t.
Not only did they not stop Alabama on the second drive, they didn’t stop Alabama virtually all night. After all, the game was 42-14 so it makes sense.
It’s not that surprising that the Crimson Tide won this game going away. They play in a rough and tumble conference and sharpened themselves against some of the best teams in the country. Meanwhile, Notre Dame had a very good season, having earned their spot in the game by virtue of their record, but there was always something about them I didn’t particularly like. Maybe it was the fact that they got extraordinarily lucky in a few games or that their offense on the whole wasn’t that impressive. Alabama was a complete team that, sure, did get luck at times, but was a physical, dominating force that could beat you on both sides of the football. That’s what they had been all year, and that’s certainly what they were in south Florida.
The Tide are now a full-fledged dynasty, and deserve to be. Who knows how long they can keep this up, but if they keep recruiting the way they have been, I don’t think staying close to the top in the polls will be too much of a problem.