We talk all the time about those "keys to the game"—what each team must accomplish if they hope to come away from a particular meeting with a victory.
This brief list runs down the five key player matchups that will decide the BCS National Championship.
Notre Dame and Alabama meet in Miami with one team looking to establish a dynasty and the other seeking a return to glory.
These two titans of college football clash in what is sure to be a hard-hitting game filled with plenty of defense and head coaches with really great hair.
The player matchups listed here will go a long way toward determining the winner of this epic meeting and which team gets to hoist the crystal ball at the end of the night.