The BCS National Championship has been officially announced with Alabama and Notre Dame set to square off in Miami for the Coaches’ Trophy.
This game will capture the attention of the country, and regardless of the outcome, it will live up to the hype that is being pumped into the showdown.
Both programs are tradition rich, combining for 25 national titles in the past 100 years of football. One-fourth of the national titles won this century are owned by these teams.
The Irish and Crimson Tide have also fielded eight Heisman Trophy winners, and 143 All-Americans.
These teams are not short of fans, either. Both schools have extremely large national fanbases, which will help make this game one of the most watched in BCS history.
The college football world has been enamored with Notre Dame this year as the climb to No. 1 has been filled with tough games and hard-nosed defense. This Irish team always finds a way to win, no matter how ugly the process may be.
Alabama has been dominant for the majority of the season, blasting through its first eight opponents of the year. A tight game came against LSU in Week 9, and a loss was notched the next week against Texas A&M.
This team was still regarded as one of the best in the country despite the loss, never falling further than No. 5 in any poll this year. A quick return to the Top Two occurred, and now Alabama is set to battle for a national title for the second season in a row.
Heading into the game, Alabama is an early favorite, fielding one of the most balanced teams in the country. Dominating defense and consistent offense has led to 11 wins and an SEC title for the Crimson Tide in 2012.
Notre Dame may be rich in history and tradition, but the Irish are the up-and-comer in the college game. They are the challenger in this contest, with no visible advantage in the matchup.
Few teams have found success against Alabama this year with offensive production coming at a minimum. The teams that have found success against the Tide have balanced a solid ground game with big plays through the air.
The one loss that was handed to Alabama this year came from Texas A&M and the most dynamic offensive threat in the SEC. Everett Golson will attempt to follow Johnny Manziel’s lead and hand the Crimson Tide their second loss of the year.
This game will be a defensive battle with both teams needing big games from their star defenders. The fans want defense and they will get it.
Even before the first kick happens, this game has lived up to the hype by matching the two most recognized teams in college football.