Johnson: The SEC is just better
Posted Jan 8, 2013

Terry Johnson's thoughts on Alabama's BCS championship win over Notre Dame

By Terry Johnson
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- This game demonstrates what most of us already knew - the teams at the top of the SEC are clearly a cut above everyone else. Sure, some of the better teams in the conference struggled during bowl season, but Alabama's demolition of Notre Dame shows that the other leagues have a lot of catching up to do if they're going derail the SEC's bid for an eighth consecutive national championship next year.

- Let's face it: the new playoff system can't get here soon enough. Notre Dame's lopsided defeat will fuel speculation throughout the offseason about who really belonged in the game against the Crimson Tide. Could Oregon have possibly fared any worse?

- Unfortunately, the outcome of this contest was never in doubt. After AJ McCarron hit Kevin Norwood for a 29-yard strike on the second play of the game, it was evident that Fighting Irish defense was going to have a long evening.

- I know some of you don't want to hear this, but the Johnny Manziel - AJ McCarron hype will be at an all-time high next season. And why not? One of them was the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, while the other has the same number of national championship rings as he does collegiate losses.

- Just imagine the classic lines we'll get from Brent Musburger if both signal callers' girlfriends attend the game.

- What was Notre Dame thinking on its first offensive series? Throwing back-to-back fade routes to the short side of the field against an All-American CB isn't exactly playing the percentages. The Irish should have fought the urge to go for the big play early, and simply concentrated on picking up the first down. After all, a unit that only allows 10.7 points per game usually doesn't give up very many big plays.

- The game ball belongs to the Crimson Tide offensive line. The big uglies simply manhandled the Notre Dame front seven, paving the way for 5.9 yards per carry. That's an outstanding performance against the nation's sixth best defense.

- Of course, if Alabama is going to make it a "three-peat" next season, it must find some new starters on the offensive line with the losses of Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack to the NFL.

- Despite tonight's embarrassing loss, Notre Dame had a great season. Even the most optimistic Fighting Irish fan couldn't have predicted that the team would play for the national championship this season, making it the most memorable campaign since 1988. And while the team will lose Manti Te'o, Louis Nix, and Tyler Eifert to the NFL draft, there's still enough talent returning to keep Brian Kelly's squad in the title hunt next season.