The BCS National Championship Game's purpose may ultimately be to decide the 2012-13 season's best team, but it will also serve an important professional purpose for top players on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide.
As we find out every year, it takes just one scintillating performance on the national stage to send a player's NFL draft stock soaring. With two of the preeminent college programs in history taking the field on Monday, there may be more eyeballs glued to the screen than ever before.
For Nick Saban and Brian Kelly, that will give them yet another form of motivation for their players. These stars are one game away from cashing massive contracts, and their performances could dictate just how many zeroes they see on those checks.
Who are the prospects worth watching on both sides? Here is a complete breakdown and ranking of all the best draft prospects for Alabama and Notre Dame playing in Monday's game.