Alabama shapes era, but Notre Dame is most popular

Munich – In the Rose Bowl, the first semi-final of the 2020/21 college football championship, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (Friday, 9:55 p.m. on ProSieben MAXX and are two very traditional teams of college sports one another. With this nerd knowledge, you are ready for one of the biggest games of the football year.

Alabama Crimson Tide

Tuscaloosa back on top

While nothing really wanted to work at the LSU Tigers, the reigning champions, and the season really went bad, Alabama is once again shockingly consistent. As the only program to win an SEC title in every decade since the Conference was founded in 1933, things are looking really good this year with a 9-0 record.

Red elephants

The Alabama University 1930s season team was legendary. Under head coach Wallace Wade, he managed a record of ten wins with no defeat. Eight games were won to zero. Everett Strupper, sports journalist for the Atlanta Journal, once wrote of the team: “At the end of the quarter the earth began to shake, first distant, then it came closer. Some enthusiastic fans shouted: Hold on, the elephants are coming – and it The Alabama University team came along. It was the first time I was caught so coldly by the sight of eleven players. The men I had seen play last season were now twice their size. “


While Alabama’s college footballer in 1930 was better known nationwide as the Alabama “Varsity Team” or the “Crimson White”, it was a game against Auburn University in 1907 in which one could only with the greatest effort and especially in fought deep red mud against the big favorites to a 6: 6 draw, which ensured that the “Birmingham Age Herald” wrote for the first time about the “Crimson Tide”. Alabama didn’t play against Auburn until 1948, but the name continued to prevail. Today, like so many other battle cries in college football, the phrase #RollTide is a registered trademark and expresses encouragement or greeting among Alabama fans for all sports teams.

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AJ McWer?

The Alabama Crimson Tide is arguably the most successful football program of the past century of college football. The best quarterback in program history is AJ McCarron. Not only did he win two National Championships with the team, he also had a total of 36 victories as a starter – a lonely record. In the NFL, however, AJ McCarron remained eternal back-up, and since his draft in 2014 in the 5th round for Cincinnati, Buffalo, Oakland and Houston.

Die Million Dollar Band

A look at Alabama’s in-house marching band shows just how insane this part of college football is. The around 400 members of the band regularly perform in front of thousands of people, in front of millions every year. Within the AU campus, the Marching Band is the university’s largest student association. Not only as a college football player, but also as a band member you can count on financial support from the Alma Mater. University band scholarships range from $ 500 to $ 1,000 annually and can be paid out to the band’s cast members. Anyone who also plays in the university’s orchestra, which works closely with the band, qualifies for further donations.

Not just masterful in the field

The reigning UCA Division 1 A Cheerleading Champion is the Alabama Crimson Tide Spirit Squad. The girls not only know how to convince with their elaborate and sometimes glittering costumes in striking red and white, but are also great in terms of sport.


There is no other team in American college football that qualifies so reliably for the college football playoffs and the National Championship Game. Alabama has played in four finals since the finals format was introduced in 2014.

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

The perfect film for the Rose Bowl

Would you like a little introduction to the Rose Bowl and an introduction to the myth of Notre Dame? Daniel Eugene “Rudy” Ruettiger stars in the 1993 film of the same name, which is all about his life story and his alma mater. As a defensive end that is actually too small, “Rudy” fights his way with a big dream about the scout team of the college team to a mission for the Fighting Irish, even reaches a sack – which shouldn’t have counted – many have in the After the film, we looked closely at the game scene again and noticed: “Rudy” was in the neutral zone and should actually have received a flag.

Independent and huge fan base

Unlike other universities, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish always owns television and broadcasting rights. Notre Dame not only does not belong to any official college football division, but is also exclusive in terms of media rights. In practice this means: The team plays its games against opponents of the ACC, constantly renegotiating television rights and then mostly ends up with NBC. The fact that Notre Dame can even afford this independence has to do with the enormous popularity of the program. No other American college football team has as many followers nationwide as the Irish, and mostly from people who, other than that, have little reference to college.

Marshmallow Mayhem

A sacred ritual of the University of Notre Dame senior students is the marshmallow toss on the final day of the college football season’s home game. As a sort of farewell ritual, thousands of senior students smuggle the fluffy and, when damp, extremely sticky candy into the ranks in order to then throw it at themselves. We can only speculate where this custom comes from – what is certain, however, is that cleaning the stadium after the last home game always involves very special obstacles.

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Irish in der NFL

Quenton Nelson, Golden Tate, Manti Te’o, or in earlier days legends like Joe Montana – the list of NFL players who have worn the Irish’s golden helmet is long and glamorous. With Equanimeous St. Brown, a player with German roots recently made it from the Irish squad to the NFL. Will Alexander Ehrensberger from Düsseldorf also succeed in this, who is currently playing his first season for the Irish and who can sniff the playoff air ?!

Why the hell actually Irish?

The myths about why the University of Notre Dame’s athletic teams call themselves “Figthing Irish” are many. Some infer the arch-Catholic country from the Catholic institution that the university has been since it was founded. Others tell the story of 1909, when a Notre Dame player yelled at his teammates after falling behind arch rivals Michigan: “What’s the matter with you guys? You’re all Irish and you’re not fighting worth a lick! “

The fact is: the fans and the program enjoy their own level of awareness and the cult that has also developed around the name. The mascot, for example, is a leprechaun – a being that is of crucial importance in Irish mythology and, in legends, often comes up with a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Every spring there are tryouts for the post as gold goblin. Since the 2019/20 season, the real mascot has been deliberately occupied with diverse casts: Lynette Wukie is once again a woman as the mascot.

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