Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports
It's a student vs. master matchup, as Florida State's Jimbo Fisher spent four years working for Alabama's Nick Saban during Saban's time at LSU.
Fisher is in his fourth season as FSU's head coach, returning the Seminoles to the pinnacle of college football after they had fallen back into the pack during the latter stages of the Bobby Bowden era. With an amazing set of recruiting classes and a staff that gets the most out of the players, Fisher looks to have a bright future in Tallahassee.
Getting the 'Noles into the BCS title game this quickly is probably a surprise to many outside the program, but there's a reason Bowden brought Fisher on in 2007 as the "coach-in-waiting" and why Fisher turned down an offer by Saban to join him at Alabama.
Saban, though, is hands down the best coach in college football. He's led the Crimson Tide to three of the last four BCS championships, including the last two, while he added a fourth title back at LSU. As long as he stays in college, he's an overwhelming winner.
But Saban hasn't won just because he has good players; his schemes and game plans find a way to exploit even the smallest weaknesses of opponents, making the resulting games look effortless. Alabama rarely looks like they're trying hard as they roll all over someone.
This game would pit two great coaching minds, but it's hard to top Saban, especially on such a big stage.
Advantage: Nick Saban