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Alabama ready for big-play Irish defense

Updated: January 3, 2013, 10:58 AM ET
Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- When Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier sizes up the Crimson Tide's challenge in the BCS championship, it comes down to cracking a Notre Dame team that leads the nation in scoring defense.

"They've given up 10.3 points a game, they do a great job of keeping you out of the end zone," Nussmeier said Thursday. "The goal of the game is to score points."

Sounds simple, right? But the Tide and Fighting Irish are alike in that they seldom make reaching ...

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