While Notre Dame’s opponent is all but guaranteed to come from the winner of Saturday’s SEC title tilt between Alabama and Georgia, the Irish are the only team standing in the way of the nation’s toughest conference claiming a seventh straight national title.
So which team should fans of the SEC hope will get the chance to line up opposite Brian Kelly’s club on Jan. 7 in Miami?
The answer to that question has to be Nick Saban’s squad, who could add its third contribution to that streak in the last four years.
What makes Alabama the logical choice to emerge as the best contender from the SEC?
Find out as I break down five reasons why SEC fans should be rooting for the Tide on Saturday.