Stop us if you have heard this one before, but Notre Dame appears to be in serious trouble in the College Football Playoff.

The Fighting Irish have not played well to start the game, fumbling the ball on the opening kickoff. Fortunately, Notre Dame recovered that fumble but was ultimately forced to punt on the first two drives of the game.

Needless to say, Alabama did not experience similar offensive struggles to open the action. Crimson Tide quarterback Mac Jones threw an early touchdown to Devonta Smith, but it was the run of Najee Harris that stole the show on the ensuing possession.

Harris busted free for a huge 53-yard gain down the sideline, and it was this incredible hurdle that allowed Harris to roll free for a long time. It was perfectly executed as he cleared the helpless Irish defender:

Jones would cap that drive with another touchdown pass, giving Alabama the early 14-0 lead over Notre Dame. So far, Jones is 8-for-9 passing for 97 yards and two scores. Harris has carried the ball three times for 79 yards.

Can the Irish wake up and make this competitive?