After the dust has settled from the NFL's Wild Card Weekend, two college football powerhouses in No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama will clash on center stage in Miami, with everything on the line.
The Fighting Irish, led by Heisman finalist Manti Te'o, will look to complete the school's first perfect season since 1988, while Alabama will try to bring home its third national championship in four years. Only one feat can be accomplished, and we'll find out which soon enough.
Here we get you set for Monday night's long-awaited BCS National Championship matchup between two of proudest programs in college football.
When: Monday, Jan. 7, 2013
Start Time: 8 p.m. ET
Live Streaming: ESPN3.com
What to Watch For
Defense, Defense and More Defense
It's safe to say that fans tuning in to the BCS National Championship Game on Monday night will see phenomenal defensive play from both teams. After all, Notre Dame and Alabama rank No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation respectively in scoring defense, each giving up less than 11 points per game this season.
For the Irish, Heisman finalist Manti Te'o will get much of the attention. The senior linebacker played out of his mind all season long, recording 103 tackles, seven interceptions and 5.5 tackles for a loss in 12 games despite playing through some incredible adversity.
As far as yardage is concerned, the Crimson Tide are giving up 40 yards less per game than the Fighting Irish, but neither is giving up more than 287 per game this season.
The outcome remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, yards and points will be nearly impossible to come by on Monday night in Miami.
There's no arguing that Nick Saban and Brian Kelly aren't two of the best coaches in the college game today. Both men have proven they can build successful programs almost anywhere, and in Saban's case, he's proven he can win national championships almost anywhere.
In addition to being a defensively dominated matchup, Monday's title tilt will feature an intriguing coaching battle between two of the best football minds around.
Kelly has been switching quarterbacks throughout the season, and usually calling upon the right man for the job each and every time. On the other side, Saban, as always, has been dialing up bone-rattling defensive game plans since the year began, and will surely make the necessary in-game adjustments his team needs to be successful.
With two of the best defenses in college football and two of the top leaders stalking the sidelines, Monday's title game is sure to be a back-and-forth chess match.
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