— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) January 4, 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 three days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “three.”
–Alabama’s AJ McCarron has only thrown three interceptions this season, one of the lowest numbers in both the Southeastern Conference and the nation.
–Notre Dame is allowing 3.16 yards a rushing attempt: 351 carries for 1,109 yards. Alabama is allowing 2.46.
–Notre Dame is averaging 2.44 yards a punt return with 18 returns for 44 yards. That ranks the Irish 119th in the nation out of 124 FBS teams.
–The Irish have attempted five fourth-down conversions this season, converting on three.
–Alabama’s No. 3 is defensive back Vinnie Sunseri, son of former Alabama linebackers coach and current Florida State defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri. The sophomore, who graduated from Northridge High roughly 20 minutes from Bryant-Denny Stadium, is fourth on the team in tackles with 52. Sunseri has accumulated six tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
–Notre Dame’s lone No. 3 is reserve running back Amir Carlisle, who is in his first season with the Irish program after transferring to South Bend from USC. Carlisle has not carried the ball for the Irish despite playing in eight games
for the Trojans in 2011.