This was the game that had virtually no drama surrounding who would get in, rather we were waiting for it to become official. The drama is all about who will win the National Championship: will is be Manti Te’o and the inspirational Notre Dame Irish or will Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide win back-to-back titles?
It has all the makings of what should be one of the more classic title fights we’ve seen in some time, if just for who is involved. The Irish are in their first title game in over twenty years and are making their first ever appearance in a BCS National Championship game. In fact it’s Notre Dame’s frist trip back to a BCS Bowl game since their 2007 trip to the Sugar Bowl that saw them get blown out by LSU.
Alabama has much more heritage in not just title games but the BCS era title games, as the Tide have appeared in a BCS Bowl game in some capacity in three of the last four years with two of those games being National Championship wins. But despite his success at both LSU and Alabama, Nick Saban has yet to lead a team to back-to-back titles, and he set up very well for something legendary come January 7th.
There will be much debate between now and January 7th and this game will be talked to death, but we could talk about it every minute of every day until kickoff and interest and excitement will remain at a high.
It takes two special teams to have even the common fan interested in the title game and Alabama and Notre Dame are two of those teams.