Everything about the BCS championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama seems larger than life.
Not only do these schools stand among the best ever in college football, they also lead the pack in celebrating that success and in investing for the future.
If ever college football presented a heavyweight event it's the Fighting Irish against the Crimson Tide.
So here, then, are some story lines heading into Monday's marquee matchup in Miami.
Welcome to Miami
It's quite possible that everything that could possibly be written about the historical similarities between Alabama and Notre Dame has already been written...multiple times...just in the last few weeks. The upcoming contest for the crystal football between the top-ranked Fighting Irish and No. 2 Crimson Tide has sportswriters throughout the land scrambling for a fresh angle on two of the most successful programs in history. So instead of a look at WHO is playing for the BCS title in a couple of weeks, how about the significance of WHERE the game is being played, as it relates to both schools.
Video coverage of the BCS Championship Game
With the BCS National Championship Game just days away, it’s time for the final installment of my series breaking down the rosters by position for the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish—with this concentrating on special teams and the coaching staffs for both clubs.
Let the smack talk begin
Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick cast the fist barb of criticism lobbed between players so far during the BCS National Championship Game week, commenting Friday about the opportunity to exploit the University of Alabama defensive backfield.
Saban's greatest hits
With a BCS National Championship Game win over Notre Dame on Monday night, the Alabama Crimson Tide will have won three of the last four national crowns. This would make the Tide the first team to do such a thing since Nebraska (1994-97) and only the second to repeat since Alabama did it in 1978-79. Combined with a five-year record of 61-7, this would officially inaugurate the Tide as college football's latest dynasty. Here is a look at the top-10 most significant wins that Saban has led Alabama to during his tenure at the Capstone.
Notre Dame's hopes of winning the BCS National Championship rests on the arm and legs of sophomore quarterback Everett Golson. Looking to end a 25-year title drought, the Fighting Irish will square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide on Monday night. Restoring Notre Dame's prestige against the reigning champions is a large order for a quarterback to fill in his first season as a starter, but that's the challenge presented to Golson.
When Alabama and Notre Dame play for the BCS National Championship, the defenses will get the most attention. While both defenses deserve credit for their remarkable seasons, it will be the offensive players who will decide the outcome of the game.