With Notre Dame's ticket to the national title game already punched, college football fans can only hope that it's Alabama who meets them on January 7, 2013 in Miami.
The Crimson Tide still have some work to do in order to make this matchup happen. If coach Nick Saban's squad can defeat the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game, the dream showdown between the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide will be realized.
So, why exactly is an Alabama-Notre Dame matchup the best possible scenario?
History is the first factor in making this case.
There are few, if any, programs in the country that have the illustrious history that the Fighting Irish have on a football field. Not only that, but their fanbase stretches far and wide, leaving only people who live under a rock as the ones not aware of the Fighting Irish in some way, shape or form.
Alabama is also a storied program with an incredible following. Sure, the Crimson Tide had a rough patch for awhile there, but since Saban took over, Alabama is once again a perennial powerhouse in college football and a national title favorite each year.
The television ratings for such a game would be off the charts thanks to the participation of these two programs alone.
These two squads also match up well with a slight advantage in offense going to the Crimson Tide. But in a potential national title game between the Fighting Irish and Crimson Tide, offense would no doubt be a casualty.
The Irish were ranked No. 2 in the nation in points against this season, falling behind only Alabama in the race for the best defense in the country. Great defense is the recipe for a low-scoring, nail-biter of a game that goes down to the wire.
Games like those have fans sitting on the edge of their seats, and the excitement from the opening play to the last is non-stop because the game is always close.
Despite their incredible season, the Fighting Irish would likely be an underdog against the Crimson Tide in the eyes of most experts in college football. Not that I would necessarily agree with such a thought process, but that would make for a David versus Goliath national title game.
The Irish would be the little guy trying to knock off the defending champions, while Alabama would look to take care of business like it normally does. But if the Irish were to pull off the victory, it would only add to the sensational story that is Notre Dame's 2012 season.
A national title game between Notre Dame and Georgia would still garner plenty of interest, don't get me wrong. But it wouldn't be anywhere near the hype and fantastic storylines that a game between the Irish and Crimson Tide create.
Hopefully, the college football gods can give the fans what they want to see, and an Alabama-Notre Dame national title game can become a reality.