You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Notre Dame

  • Notre Dame
    Coach: Brian Kelly Kelly at Notre Dame: 37-15 2013 record:
  • Kelly wants Irish in 1st playoff
    Notre Dame remains a football hotbed, even if the results aren’t what they were in, say, the late 1980s.Coach Brian Kelly is taking the position the Irish must make the four-team playoff to be relevant.
  • Irish QB tells of lessons learned
    Everett Golson knew the hard questions were coming – well, at least of one variety.

BCS Countdown: Ground game

Days until game: 32

Ground game

No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) and No. 2 Alabama (12-1) will be facing the second-best rushing team either squad has faced this season when the teams play in the BCS championship game Jan. 7 in Miami.

The Crimson Tide are the No. 20 rushing offense, averaging 224.6 yards, and the Irish are No. 27, averaging 202.5 yards.

The best rushing team Alabama faced was Texas A&M, which is No. 13 (235.1) and defeated the Tide 29-24 Nov. 10. The best running team Notre Dame faced was Navy, which is No. 6 (285.5). The Irish won that game 50-10 Sept. 1.

– Journal Gazette