Countdown: 15 days until the BCS National Championship Game

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 15 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “15.”

–Alabama is 15th in the nation in scoring in the red zone, making 51 of 57 to stand at 89.47 percent.

–Alabama’s offense is No. 15 in the nation in scoring with 38.5 points a game.

–Notre Dame has the No. 15 rushing attack in the nation when playing on the road or at a neutral site, like the one the Irish will play in against Alabama at Sun Life Stadium. The Irish have rushed for 1,412 yards in six games outside of their home field. Alabama is eighth and Texas A&M is sixth, the only two SEC teams ahead of Notre Dame in that category.

–Notre Dame has given its opponents 15 first downs by penalty, making for 7.7 percent of first downs the Irish defense has allowed this season. Notre Dame has given up 61 on the ground and 117 through the air to give up 193 first downs this season. Alabama has given up 176.

–Alabama’s yards per kick return, 24.84, is best in the SEC and
15th in the nation.

–Alabama and Notre Dame are tied for 15th in the country in sacks
with the following programs: Florida State, Boise State, Fresno State and Penn State. Alabama’s 33 sacks have forced opponents to lose 191 yards, while Notre Dame has gotten 233 yards from their 33 sacks.

–Alabama’s No. 15 on the roster is Eddie Williams, a freshman safety who is redshirting this year.

–And, the obvious one, Alabama will win its 15th national title with a win over the Irish on Jan. 7.

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