Don't count out the Irish. Especially with that 3 year rule.
I'm just unimpressed with the season they had even though they were undefeated. They beat a few overrated teams in Michigan, Michigan State, and Oklahoma while barely squeaking one out against Pitt. I won't even get into the Stanford game where the refs gave them that one at the end with that blown touchdown call. Their defense is certainly elite, but their offense is just not good at all, especially compared to Alabama's.
All the credit to them for winning games because that's what it's about, but I don't think they will win this one.