Five Questions: National Championship Game

Dave Berk is back for his final "Five Questions" of the season as Notre Dame gets ready to battle Alabama for the National Championship on Monday night.

QUESTION ONE

Can the Irish offense get off to a fast start against Alabama?

Each time the Irish have possession of the football it will be critical of them to put together a solid drive and keep field position. However, the first few drives will be even more important as the Irish look to set the tone for the game.

QUESTION TWO

Can the Irish defense apply pressure to Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron and force him to make a mistake?

McCarron has only thrown three interceptions on the season operating behind an offensive line that's allowed 23 sacks and 18 quarterback hurries.

QUESTION THREE

Can Bob Diaco's defense slow down an Alabama offense that enters the game averaging over 38 points a game?

Alabama enters Monday's game having scored 500 points on the season. The Irish defense has only given up 124 points (10.3 ppg.) all season and that trend needs to continue if they hope to win a national championship.

QUESTION FOUR

Will Everett Golson handle the pressure of the biggest game of his young career?

Despite his growth throughout the season Golson has also seen his share of ups and downs. A solid performance by the young quarterback is a must if the Irish hope to have success.

QUESTION FIVE

Will Notre Dame win its first National Championship since they defeated West Virginia to claim the title following the 1988 season?

While the Irish have silenced a lot of their critics with their perfect season, there are still some out there feeling wins have come from smoke and mirrors and a little Irish luck. The goal is to hoist the crystal football when the final whistle blows. If that happens, names like Kelly, Te'o, Golson and others will forever be remembered.


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