Over/Unders: Notre Dame Vs. Alabama

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(WSCR) Here are our over/unders from The McNeil and Spiegel Show for the BCS National Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama!

Theo Riddick Carries:
180 carries on the year – average of 15 per game
Notre Dame has to be able to somehow run the ball
880 yards rushing on the season for Riddick
O/U for Riddick carries tonight:  Right at his average on the year.  14.5

Stephon Tuitt/Prince Shembo Sacks:
Lead Notre Dame in sacks.  Importance of ND getting after AJ McCarron is huge
Tuitt – 13 sacks in 12 games.  Shembo – 10.5 sacks in 12 games.
Alabama led up front by Barrett Jones is beastly.
O/U for Sacks by Tuitt and Shembo:  1.5

A.J. McCarron Pass Yards
O/U: 199.5

Touchdowns in the Game:
Two teams allow fewer touchdowns than any other teams in all of college football
Notre Dame has allowed 10, Alabama has allowed 18 all year long
Combine to average 1.1 touchdown allowed per team entering tonight
People might want high scoring…might not get it tonight
O/U for the game is set in the low 40’s.  Going to need a few TD’s to get there.
O/U for total touchdowns scored tonight:  4.5

Brent Musberger references to point spread or the over/under in the game
Historically has done it with regularity
Like Al Michaels, not afraid to reference Vegas
O/U for Musberger references to the spread or Over/Under:  0.5

Musberger forces Discover Mention
Remember a couple years ago – Auburn vs Oregon?  “For all the tostios”…
Does Musberger force in a Discover mention into a call of the game?
O/U for Musberger unnecessary Discover Mention:  0.5

Shots of Football Alums from Both Schools
Legends galore with both programs.
You’ll get the Golic and Theismann shots for sure…Rocket Ismail, Tony Rice, Jerome Bettis?
Joe Namath, Mark Ingram, Shaun Alexander, George Teague??  …plenty of Tide alums as well
O/U for shots of Alabama football alums in stadium:  4.5
O/U for shots of Notre Dame football alums in stadium:  4.5

Video/Screen Shots of Legendary Coaches for both schools:
Knute Rockne  0.5
Bear Bryant  0.5
Ara Parsegian  0.5
Lou Holtz  0.5
Last Bama coach to win a title that wasn’t Nick Saban, Gene Stallings   0.5
Other “legends” from both schools:
Dennis Franchonie, Charlie Weis, Ty Willingham, Bob Davie and Mike Shula
All 0.5 combined

Manti Te’o’s High School:
Punahou School in Honolulu is where he went.  Usually, who cares about high schools?
President Obama went to the same school, so there’s the interest.
Do they mention Punahou School in the broadcast?   O/U of 0.5

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