Maybe Notre Dame's schedule wasn't as challenging as Irish fans were willing to admit. Maybe not playing a conference championship game left them with too long of a layoff. Maybe a freshman quarterback just doesn't stand a chance against a Nick Saban coached team unless his last name is Manziel. Whatever the reason was, Notre Dame never stood a chance against the Alabama Crimson Tide, who repeated as champions of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, 42-14.

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The star of the Irish, Manti Te'o, by the way, only had three unassisted tackles in the game and missed several crucial ones early in the game that staked Alabama to their huge lead.

I feel for fans of the Fighting Irish, such as our main man Brian Noe, but Alabama was clearly the class of college football this year. Congratulations to the Crimson Tide.

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