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08:15 AM ET 12.03 | After more than a week of idle time, the Fighting Irish still have more than a month to wait for an imposing Alabama team. The biggest challenge, at least immediately, though, is the lull. The BCS Era is littered with teams who peaked too early, lost their edge or over-prepared too late in the long layoff that ultimately cost them a shot at being national champions even before they took the field. "It's a one-game deal," Kelly said of his approach. "We're just trying to be better than Alabama on Monday, Jan. 7. ... So you understand, we don't want to be better than Alabama on the 27th of December." He even tapped the minds of the coaching staffs at LSU and Oregon for confirmation that his start-and-stop 15-practice schedule was on target.

South Bend Tribune

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December 3, 2012  08:42 AM ET

A game for the ages. If you are an ND fan who went to the last ND championship game dip into your Social Security check or your retirement account, grab your Lark scooter or cane and make the trip to see the Tide send you packing. :-)

December 3, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Ummmm...sorry but Alabama is going to eat ND for lunch.

December 3, 2012  09:03 AM ET
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Ummmm...sorry but Alabama is going to eat ND for lunch.

Yeah and get indigestion...then ND will be thrown up as National Champions!

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December 3, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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A game for the ages. If you are an ND fan who went to the last ND championship game dip into your Social Security check or your retirement account, grab your Lark scooter or cane and make the trip to see the Tide send you packing. :-)

ND ND ND!

December 3, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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HAAAAAAAAAA HA HA HA HA Exactly. ND doesn't have a chance in hell of beating Alabama.

I agree in Hell they do not have a chance that is why they are playing on earth.

December 3, 2012  09:07 AM ET

This and the Fiesta are the only 2 BCS games worth a C_Zhit. Terrible.....

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December 3, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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I never thought I'd see the day where I would be cheering for Alabama, but lo and behold here I am.Roll Tide!

Fear Factor.......Is now they have to play a real football team, Alabama will win this easily, could be one of the worst games on the bowl schedule. Alabama is not one of those cupcakes ND had on there schedule this year.

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December 3, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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BAMA will run all over them

I know, but it will still be fun to watch....FSU N. Ill, not so much.

 
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