Aussie Looks To Lead Alabama To Victory

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Jesse Williams is part of Alabama's much vaunted defence. Image courtesy of McWilliams/Getty Images
He’s not a big name in Australia, yet, but Alabama’s Jesse Williams is preparing to play in one of the biggest sporting events in the United States. On Tuesday morning (AEDT), his Crimson Tide will line up against Notre Dame in college football’s Championship Game.

Williams, who has spent this season at nose tackle as part of Alabama’s feared defensive unit, is racing against the clock to be fit for the game. He sprained his knee in the SEC Championship Game against Georgia, but still returned to the field to make a crucial block for running back Eddie Lacy to reach the end zone as the Tide outlasted the Bulldogs 32-28.

The ground game will be crucial if ‘Bama is to get over the top of the Fighting Irish. Lacy and T.J. Yeldon have combined for 27 touchdowns this season, but Notre Dame has Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te’o who has been the dominant linebacker in college football this season. Under his watch, the Irish have allowed an average of just 92 yards running per game, and if they can force Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron to go to the air more, they might have a chance. In saying that, McCarron set a single-season school record this year with 26 touchdowns while throwing just picks.

Alabama is looking for its third National Championship win in four years. The schools haven’t met since 1987, and Notre Dame has won five of their six encounters. In 11 of 13 games this season, there have been over 40.5 points in Crimson Tide games, while in eight of 12 Fighting Irish games the total score has been under .

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