— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 21, 2012
Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is 17 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “17.”
–Alabama’s Eddie Lacy has scored 17 touchdowns this season, accounting for 102 points to rank in a tie for 32nd in the nation in scoring.
–Defensively, Alabama has seen its opponents go for it on fourth down 17 times, but only succeed seven times for a success rate of 41.18 percent.
–Notre Dame has forced 17 fumbles this season, recovering seven of them.
–Alabama has intercepted 17 passes this season. They have been returned for 221 yards and one touchdown, courtesy of C.J. Mosley against Michigan.
–The Crimson Tide ranks 17th in the nation in rushing first downs with 147 (Army is first with 236). Notre Dame is tied for 33rd with 124.
–AJ McCarron‘s 66.8 completion percentage is tied for 17th in the nation with Shane Carden of East Carolina. Johnny Manziel and Connor Shaw of Texas A&M and South Carolina, respectively, are the only two SEC quarterbacks ahead of him. Notre Dame’s Everett Golson stands at 58.9 percent.
–Alabama has given up 17 red zone scores. Its opponents have visited the red zone 27 times this season.
–Both teams have given up exactly 17 points in a game this season. Purdue hit that number against Notre Dame while LSU scored that many against Alabama.