Notre Dame had history on it’s side:
* The Irish were 4-0-1 all-time when ranked No. 1 facing the team ranked No. 2.
* Never in the BCS era had a quarterback successfully led his team to back-to-back National Championships, as AJ McCarron was aiming to accomplish that feat. (Chris Weinke of Florida State in 2000, Ken Dorsey of Miami in 2002 and Matt Leinart of USC in 2005 had all failed in their respective bids for a repeat.)
* Notre Dame was 5-1 all-time versus Alabama.
* Rounding out his third season on the Irish sidelines, Brian Kelly seemed poised to join the likes of Frank Leahy, Ara Parseghian, Dan Devine and Lou Holtz as Notre Dame coaches who had all won championships in year number three as Golden Domers.
But history—just like destiny and legacy—didn’t play a single snap in Miami on Jan. 7. But Alabama runningback Eddie Lacy sure did.