Notre Dame was crushed by the Crimson Tide, 42-12. The game was a complete failure for the Fighting Irish. There are not many substantial positives to pull out of this mess. Here are the positives from the BCS National Title:
Notre Dame’s Wide Receivers
Throughout the season, Notre Dame’s Wide Receivers struggled to get open against comparable talent. In Monday’s game, TJ Jones and DaVaris Daniels demonstrated that they are ready to take the next step. Jones pulled in 7 receptions for 90 yards. Daniels grabbed 6 receptions for 115 yards. Both players had a long of 31 yards. These receptions were made against some of the best Defensive Backs in the country. This progress can be built upon next season.
Notre Dame was only on the field for 21:47. But for those 21 minutes and 47 seconds, Everett Golson was poised. He performed well. It was the Offensive Line and the Defense that let him down. Golson threw 36 times completing 21 of them. He only threw 1 interception. His performance will help him become completely entrenched as the Notre Dame starter in 2013 and beyond.
Learning To Fail
Being exposed like Notre Dame was on Monday night may benefit the Fighting Irish in the long run. It was clear that Notre Dame had improved in 2012. But now the Irish know what they need to do to become a National Champion. Brian Kelly can make adjustments to his recruiting tactics. The team can work harder knowing what they need to become. Playing against a superior SEC opponent will help Notre Dame evaluate their level of play on the field as well.