Alabama ready for big-play Irish defense - Article Photos 1/2

Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Nussmeier says what impresses him most about the Irish is that they play tough in the red zone and only give up 10 points a game. Of course, that's only a fraction of a point less than what the Tide has allowed. Alabama will play Notre Dame on Jan. 7 in the NCAA college football BCS Championship game. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)