The fourth edition of my weekly series breaking down the rosters by position for the BCS Championship Game showdown between Notre Dame and Alabama will zero in on the linebackers and defensive backs.
With both defenses ranking amongst the nation’s best in most statistical categories, there is a significant amount of talent playing off the line of scrimmage that will take the field in Sun Life Stadium on Jan. 7.
While both teams have dominating defensive lines, the units behind them are personified by big and agile linebackers capable of getting after the quarterback and wreaking havoc against the run, and opportunistic secondaries that aren’t afraid to come up and lay the wood on backs and receivers.
Notre Dame's Brian Kelly has the luxury of relying on Heisman Trophy runner-up and All-American linebacker Manti Te’o to lead his back eight.
Alabama's Nick Saban counters with a versatile group of linebackers led by star junior C.J. Mosley and one of the nation’s top cover corners in junior Dee Milliner.
How do these teams stack up against one another at these positions, and where are they vulnerable at each spot in this game?
Find out as I delve into the matchups by comparing the linebackers and defensive backs for both the Crimson Tide and the Fighting Irish.