Jan 6, 2013; Fort Lauderdale FL, USA; Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly (left) answers questions during a press conference for the 2013 BCS National Championship game at Harbor Beach Marriott Resort

Keys To Victory: Notre Dame-Alabama

Jan 5, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti T

Notre Dame’s Red Zone Offense

This season, Notre Dame has only scored 79.31% This total ranks the Fighting Irish 79th in the country. More importantly, the Irish only score a touchdown 46.55%. This total is 119th in the nation. Against USC, Notre Dame only scored one touchdown in 6 red zone attempts. The Fighting Irish need touchdowns against Alabama. Period. They will have limited opportunities and will need to take advantage of them. This is the only way they can win the game.

Turnover Margin

This entire season the Fighting Irish have played mistake free football. In 2011, Notre Dame constantly lost the turnover battle. In 2012, it was the exact opposite. If Notre Dame wants to have any opportunity to win tomorrow, they must win the turnover battle. This does not mean simply remaining turnover free but actually forcing a few turnovers themselves.

Chunk Plays

Notre Dame’s Offense has been a physical, grind it out type all season long. This strategy will probably not work against an equally physical Crimson Tide team. Brian Kelly has stressed the need of getting “chunk plays” against the Crimson Tide. Players such as Cierre Wood, Everett Golson, DaVaris Daniels and Chris Brown will need to make plays of 20 yards or more for the Irish to win.

Be The Same

There is a perception that the teams must do something more in a National Title Game. However, teams need to what got them there. There is no need to press. Notre Dame must keep calm in their play calling even if they get down early. Their defense will keep them in the game. Notre Dame has not lost a game yet this year. It is clear that they are doing something right. Why change it now?

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