As South Florida gears up to host the much-anticipated Discover BCS National Championship game, college football fans around the country are also eagerly awaiting the Monday night matchup between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The BCS Championship game live stream online feed will be provided by WatchESPN broadband sports network in participating regions.
Top-ranked Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama meet in Miami tonight as the Irish take a shot at their first bowl championship in 24 years. The South Bend team’s last championship came in 1988 when they closed out an undefeated season against West Virginia in the Fiesta Bowl. Now, after a 12-0 regular season, this year's team has the chance to live up to previously set expectations.
Having already won the Associated Press’ coach of the year award, Brian Kelly could also potentially join the ranks of former Notre Dame Champion head coaches Knute Rockne, Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian and Lou Holtz.
In his third season as head coach of the Irish, one would think it a bit ironic that his group of players has made it this far, considering that Parseghian, Leahy, Holtz and Dan Devine all won their titles in Year 3.
As the Irish enter the BCS Championship with a 12-0 record, college football fans cannot deny the fact that this team has earned its spot in the game. Having been tested with an overtime game against #17 Stanford which they won 20-13, and then a triple overtime matchup against Pittsburgh, which they took 29-26, tonight’s game should fall nothing short of spectacular.
On the other hand, Alabama comes into South Florida having suffered a loss in the SEC against #15 Texas A&M on Saturday, Nov. 10. Their most recent 3 wins came against Western Carolina and Auburn 49-0, along with a close win over #3 Georgia 32-28.
Both Notre Dame and Alabama have each won eight AP national titles, more than any other program. The last time they met for a championship was when the Parseghian-led Irish beat Bear Bryant and the Tide 24-23 in the 1973 Sugar Bowl to win the AP title.
The squads matched up again the next season in the Orange Bowl, with the Irish winning 13-11. Those were among six all-time meetings, five of which have been won by Notre Dame. The last one came in 1987, a 37-6 Irish victory.
Notre Dame is expected to continue its tradition under Kelly of wearing names on the backs of its iconic jerseys for its bowl game.