— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) December 31, 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 seven days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “seven.”
–Notre Dame has not only lost seven of its 18 fumbles this season, but also recovered seven of its opponents’ 17 fumbles.
–Notre Dame has thrown seven interceptions and seven passing touchdowns. Notre Dame’s seven interceptions have been returned for 25 yards.
–Alabama is averaging just under seven yards an offensive play (825 plays for 5,708 yards).
–Both teams are giving up roughly seven yards a punt return: Notre Dame stands at 7.3 while Alabama is at 7.67.
–Alabama’s 43 touchbacks this season on kickoffs ties it for 7th in the country with Arizona. Notre Dame is No. 58 with 25 touchbacks.
–Alabama has not had a game with more than seven penalties this season. Alabama committed seven against Michigan, Arkansas, Missouri and Mississippi State. Those seven penalties cost the Tide 55 yards against the Wolverines, 74 yards against the Razorbacks, 62 yards against the Tigers and 63 yards against the Bulldogs.
–Heisman finalist Manti Te’o has intercepted seven passes this season for Notre Dame.
–Speaking of breakout performances, Amari Cooper had seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee. He was the primary target for AJ McCarron‘s 306-yard and four-touchdown outburst against the Vols.