— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 30, 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 eight days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “eight.”
–Alabama is ranked eighth in the nation in rushing when playing on the road or at a neutral site, such as Sun Life Stadium in Miami. The Crimson Tide has accumulated 1,568 yards in six such games. Notre Dame is No. 15. The seven teams ahead of Alabama are Army, Oregon, Wisconsin, Nevada, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M and Navy.
–Alabama is No. 8 in the nation in penalty yardage, with 427 yards of penalties on the season. Notre Dame is 32nd with 515 yards of penalties.
–Alabama has two players on the roster who wear No. 8. Wide receiver Cyrus Jones has caught four passes for 51 yards this season, and has returned punts, running back eight for 61 yards. Jones, a true freshman from Baltimore, could see an expanded role if Kenny Bell is held out because of the broken leg he suffered against Auburn.
–Alabama’s other No. 8 is defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan, a sophomore from Asheville, N.C. The backup has notched 22 tackles this season, nine solo and four for a loss. Pagan has also recorded 1.5 sacks and two quarterback hurries.
–Notre Dame’s lone No. 8 is Kendall Moore, junior inside linebacker from Raleigh, N.C. Moore is responsible for 10 tackles this season and has played in all 12 of Notre Dame’s games this season.