— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) January 2, 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 five days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “five.”
–Alabama is getting 5.56 rushing yards an attempt by way of 525 attempts for 2,920 yards.
–Notre Dame is getting 5 yards a rushing attempt (487 attempts, 2,430 yards). Alabama is getting just under seven.
–Notre Dame’s opponents have gotten five of their 16 fourth-down tries this season (31,25 percent).
–Notre Dame is getting 5.5 tackles per loss per game, tied for 72nd in the nation with Florida Atlantic.
–Despite not playing a down all season long, Alabama’s No. 5 has been one of the biggest stories of the last three weeks: true freshman wide receiver Chris Black. Black, making a return to his home state for the BCS National Championship Game as a Jacksonville native, should be ready to play against Notre Dame if the coaches decide to burn his redshirt and use him. Black missed the regular season with a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason.
–Alabama has another No. 5, senior place-kicker Jeremy Shelley from Raleigh, N.C. Shelley is the only kicker in the nation that has not missed a kick this season, making 11 of 11 field goals and all 63 of his extra-point attempts.
–Notre Dame has two superstars donning the No. 5. Senior linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman-finalist, chose Notre Dame from Laie, Hawaii. Te’o leads the team in tackles by a longshot, with 103 compared to Zeke Motta and Bennett Jackson in a tie for second place with 61. Te’o has also recorded 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, 11 passes defended, two fumble recoveries and leads the nation with seven interceptions.
–Starting quarterback Everett Golson also wears No. 5 for the Fighting Irish. Golson is 166-for-282 on the season with 11 touchdown passes and five interceptions. Golson’s 2,135 passing yards ranks him 79th in the nation.