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Johnny Manziel, writers and ESPN on-air talent make BCS title predictions

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Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel likes Alabama to beat Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship. (abc3340.com) Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel likes Alabama to beat Notre Dame in the 2013 BCS National Championship. (abc3340.com)

The lone quarterback of the lone team to beat Nick Saban in 2012 talked about Alabama's chances against No. 1 Notre Dame in tonight's BCS National Championship game, and he gave the Crimson Tide head coach the ultimate compliment while doing so.

"I just feel like the experience they have, they've been there." Manziel said. "I think Coach Saban, when you have him, that gives you an advantage. He's one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football. I feel like with the offensive line and having AJ McCarron, with the experience and all the NFL-caliber guys, they're just a well-rounded football team."

Others have made their picks for tonight's game and the majority of the ESPN talking heads are in agreement with Manziel and the Las Vegas odds makers, who have the Crimson Tide around a 10-point favorite.

David Pollack, Desmond Howard, Jesse Palmer all feel that top-ranked Notre Dame will suffer their first defeat in Sun Life Stadium, and Alabama will win their third BCS crystal ball in four years.

Phil Steele, a notable college football forecaster of game outcomes, thinks Alabama will win as well, predicting a 23-16 final score in the Crimson Tide's favor.

SEC bloggers for ESPN.com, Chris Low and Edward Aschoff, both picked Alabama.

Low on his prediction: 

"...the Tide will find a way to put the game on the shoulders of Notre Dame redshirt freshman quarterback Everett Golson and force him into some mistakes. It all adds up to Alabama's third outright national title in the past four years and a place in college football history."

Alabama 24, Notre Dame 13

Aschoff on his prediction: 

"...the Tide will grind away and quarterback AJ McCarron will hit some big plays over the top late, and the defense will contain Golson and force him to make too many mistakes."

Alabama 27, Notre Dame 17

At least one person has picked Notre Dame, albeit, he is an ESPN college basketball analyst and an avid Irish football fan. Dick Vitale went on record Saturday night as saying the Fighting Irish will beat Alabama, 21-20.

List of notable sports writers and on-air television personalities picks via HuffingtonPost.com:

Mike Bellotti of ESPN - Alabama

Ed Cunningham of ESPN - Alabama

Eric Prisbell of USA Today - Alabama

Tom O'Toole of USA Today - Alabama

Joey Galloway of ESPN - Alabama

Chris Spielman of ESPN - Notre Dame

Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated - Alabama

Jesse Palmer of ESPN - Alabama

Trevor Matich of ESPN - Notre Dame

Trevor Matich of ESPN - Notre Dame

George Schroeder of USA Today - Alabama

Erick Smith of USA Today - Alabama

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports - Alabama

Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports - Notre Dame

Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports - Notre Dame

Brock Huard of ESPN - Alabama

Brian Griese of ESPN - Alabama

Nicole Auerbach of USA Today - Alabama

Paul Myerberg of USA Today - Alabama

Dan Hawkins of ESPN - Alabama

Andre Ware of ESPN - Alabama

Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports - Alabama

Matt Hinton of CBS Sports - Alabama

Chip Patterson of CBS Sports - Notre dame

Eddie Timanus of USA Today - Alabama

Dan Wolken of USA Today - Notre Dame

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