What's next for Alabama, ND?

What to expect next season from the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish

Updated: January 8, 2013, 11:30 AM ET
By Phil Steele | Special to ESPN Insider
AJ McCarron and Everett GolsonUSA TODAY SportsHow will AJ McCarron and the Tide -- and Everett Golson and the Irish -- fare next season?

Prior to this season's bowl games, I gave an initial stock report for all 70 bowl participants as far as their 2013 prospects. I rated both Alabama's and Notre Dame's stock as even.

Now before I get a large outcry from critics of the Irish and Crimson Tide fans, let me say that I am not necessarily calling for a national title rematch, but I am calling for these two teams to remain among the nation's elite next season. Forecasting Alabama to keep its spot as one of the top programs certainly would not qualify as one of my "bold predictions," but calling for Notre Dame to continue its winning ways after a nearly 20-year run in which it had only one top-10 finish (No. 9 in 2005) prior to this season certainly might meet the criteria.

Here's an early preview of what to expect next season from Notre Dame and Alabama.

Notre Dame's 2013 outlook

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