What is going to happen in Atlanta this Saturday will be the culmination of every drop of sweat, every bloodied elbow and every tear shed since spring practice for the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The SEC championship game matches Alabama with the Georgia Bulldogs, who are riding a hot streak into the postseason and have their eyes set on their first national title in over 30 years.
In what will surely be a blood bath of epic and historic proportions, the stakes are clear.
The winner will be crowned champion of the SEC and earn a trip to compete in the BCS title game against top-ranked Notre Dame. The loser will likely be left out of any BCS bowl and fall immediately into obscurity with everyone else who didn't make the cut.
Both teams know that they are extremely fortunate to be in this position and aim to take advantage of their second chance to etch their names into the record books.
For Alabama, the favorite, there are five keys to this game that could tip the scales in its favor. If the Tide come through with any three of them, a trip to Miami will likely be their reward.