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 13 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “13.”
–Alabama’s plus-13 turnover margin this season is tied for 10th nationally with Northwestern and Louisiana Tech.
–Notre Dame has thrown 13 touchdown passes this season. Eleven have come from sophomore Everett Golson, while the other two are courtesy of Tommy Rees.
–Alabama has given up 13 first downs by penalty this season, making for 7.3 percent of the 176 first downs the Crimson Tide has given up this season (Notre Dame has given up 193 this season).
–Alabama held two LSU running backs, Michael Ford and Spencer Ware, to 13 rushing yards. Ware had previously rushed for 90 yards against Auburn, while Ford ran for 76 against Towson and 78 against Texas A&M.
–Alabama’s No. 13 is Deion Belue, junior cornerback in his first season as a starter after coming to the Crimson Tide from Northeast Mississippi Community College. Belue was committed to Alabama from Deshler High in Tuscumbia before going to junior college. Belue is credited with 36 tackles, 5.5 for a loss, and two interceptions. Belue has also broken up six passes and recovered one fumble.
–Notre Dame’s No. 13 is outside linebacker Danny Spond from Littleton, Colo. Spond, a junior, has played in 10 games this season and recorded 38 tackles, one for a loss. Spond has also intercepted one pass.