— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) January 1, 2013
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 six days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “six.”
–Alabama has converted on six of its 10 fourth-down tries this season.
–Notre Dame is averaging 6.03 yards a offensive play (839 plays for 5,056 yards). Alabama averages around seven yards a play.
–Alabama is averaging 6.23 tackles for a loss per game, tied for
23rd in the nation with Georgia and Orange Bowl-bound Florida State.
–Six is the number of teams separating Notre Dame from being the
worst team in the nation at scoring touchdowns in the redzone. Kansas, Vanderbilt, Toledo, Tulane, Boston College and Massachusetts have worse red zone touchdown percentages. Notre Dame has scored a touchdown on 19 of its 58 redzone trips. 32.76 percent of the time.
–Adrian Hubbard leads the Crimson Tide with six sacks, tied for 69th in the nation (with way too many players to list).
–Alabama has two sophomores wearing the No. 6. On offense, backup
quarterback Blake Sims came to the Capstone from Gainesville, Ga. Sims is 5-for-10 for 77 yards through the air this season, also contributing 187 yards and two touchdowns on the ground as Alabama’s main option for a dual-threat quarterback.
–Defensively, HaSean “HaHa” Clinton-Dix has made an impact for the Tide as being the primary spy man when the Tide contained Denard Robinson in the season opener, plus intercepting an Aaron Murray pass in the SEC Championship Game (the one that paved the way for Quinton Dial to thoroughly clean Murray’s clock). Clinton-Dix, an Orlando native, has accumulated 30 tackles this season, 19 solo, to go along with four interceptions, returned for 91 yards, one forced fumble and 10 passes defended.
–Notre Dame has one freshman and one senior sporting the No. 6.
Freshman cornerback KeiVarae Russell is heading for a redshirt season in his first season with Notre Dame after leaving Mariner High in Everett, Wash.
–The other No. 6 is the more notable of the two, running back Theo Reddick. He leads the Irish in rushing with 880 yards on 180 carries and five touchdowns. Reddick is in his final season with the Fighting Irish after joining the program from Manville, N.J.