— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 28, 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 10 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “10.”
–Alabama has given up 10.7 points per game this season, second only to Notre Dame, who has given up 10.3.
–Alabama is averaging 10 yards a punt return. Even more specific, Christion Jones is averaging 10.6 yards a return despite splitting time with Cyrus Jones and Dee Hart. Christian Jones ranks as 27th in the nation in average yards a punt return.
–Notre Dame has had 10 plays of over 40 yards this season, ranking in a tie for 79th nationally with Maryland, Bowling Green, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Texas-San Antonio.
–Alabama’s defensive No. 10 is defensive back John Fulton, who has gotten more and more playing time throughout the season before suffering a turf toe injury in the loss to Texas A&M. Fulton played a great deal of the Tide’s defensive snaps in the loss to the Aggies. Fulton is credited with 15 tackles and five pass break-ups on the season.
– Alabama’s No. 10 on offense is AJ McCarron, looking to win back-to-back national championships as the starting quarterback. The last quarterback to win two national championships in college was Tim Tebow at Florida, but he was not the starter for both seasons. The last one to win back-to-back titles starting for both teams was Tommie Frazier, who quarterbacked the Nebraska Cornhuskers to back-to-back titles in 1994 and 1995. McCarron has thrown for 2,669 yards and 26 touchdowns this season on 191-286 passing.
–Notre Dame’s No. 10 is its third-best wide receiver in terms of yards, DeVaris Daniels. Daniels, the sophomore out of Vernon Hills, Ill., has 375 yards on 25 catches this season, but no touchdowns. Daniels had seven catches for 86 yards in Notre Dame’s win over Pitt, his best game of the season.