— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 24, 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 14 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “14.”
–Notre Dame has given up exactly 14 points once this season, in a 17-14 win over BYU. The Cougars, who beat San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl, were 23-36 for 177 yards through the air, but threw two interceptions.
–Alabama gave up 14 points to Michigan in the season-opening 41-14 win over the Wolverines. The Outback Bowl-bound Wolverines were 3 of 12 on third downs against the Tide, but did pass for exactly 200 yards. Notre Dame held Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson to 138 passing yards when the Irish played Michigan three weeks later.
–Ole Miss also scored 14 points on the Crimson Tide, doing it by going 8 for 17 on third downs and 2 for 2 on fourth downs. Ole Miss had six possessions that ended after three plays or less: three ended with punts, three ended with interceptions. The 14 points Ole Miss scored on Alabama was a season low until Georgia held Ole Miss to 10 points on Nov. 3. The Rebels will be playing in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham.
–Alabama has scored 41 touchdowns in 57 red zone trips, ranking the Tide 14th in the nation.
–Alabama’s No. 14 is Edward Aldag, a freshman reserve quarterback from Birmingham.
–Luke Massa wears No. 14 for Notre Dame, a junior wide receiver from Cincinnati. Massa saw special teams action last season and switched from quarterback to wide receiver for the 2012 season.