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College football: ’Bama and Irish are easy to hate
Analysis » BCS title game features two hateable teams.

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Yet even when it struggled on the field, Notre Dame had a way of getting under college football fans’ skins. You can’t get away from them on TV, thanks to the Irish’s TV contract with NBC. And remember how many back east just expected Urban Meyer to step into the coaching role and the shock that ensued when Meyer instead headed to Florida?

Then there is the BCS exception that states Notre Dame will get an automatic berth if it finishes in the top eight, a rule that grates many sports fans who watch their teams slog it out in conference play while the Irish remain independent, yet claiming full dependence on the bowl system.

At a glance

BCS title game

» No. 2 Alabama (12-1) vs. No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0)

» at Sun Life Stadium in Miami

Kickoff » 6:30 p.m. MST


About Alabama » Quarterback A.J. McCarron set a single-season school record with 26 touchdown passes and completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,669 yards with just three interceptions. ... Alabama’s defense gave up just 10.7 points per game in 2012.

About Notre Dame » Linebacker Manti Te’o was the Heisman runner-up after leading the Irish with 103 tackles, 5.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. … Quarterback Everett Golson is 166-for-282 for 2,135 yards and 11 TDs.

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Is there a certain amount of haughtiness attributed to the Irish? You bet. It’s enough for the casual sports fan to cheer against the Irish in the title game. But then, that means you’d have to cheer for Alabama.

Go, refs.

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