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Outside Surprise continues its "10 for a Title" series examining 10 crucial game elements necessary for Notre Dame if the Irish are to earn a BCS Championship victory over Alabama. Next in the series: rising to the occasion on the perimeter.

Impartial, logical observers of Monday night's BCS Championship game largely agree that a long-standing gap between Notre Dame and the SEC elite has considerably narrowed. And it's a gap that has decided football games since the days of leather helmets and cinder fields. Notre Dame is Alabama's relative equal up front. It's unlikely the Irish front seven will be overrun, and though not... Recommended Stories