We are less than a week away from the January 7th BCS National Championship game between the top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish and No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide in Miami, Florida. With the game just around the corner, the two teams are in their final stages of preparation for the big game.
Today, Notre Dame and Alabama landed in South Beach to begin the final stretch.
“Going to play the national championship game in Miami, it’s not like any trip that they’ve had before,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “It’s not like any trip that I’ve had before. And so there was an anticipation that when we got on the buses to the airport that they were really excited about this trip. It’s something that you dream about when you play this game and when you coach this game.
“We’ve got to do a little work this week, but we feel good about our preparation.”
For this Notre Dame team, the game is bigger than anything they’ve ever had he chance to be a part of. The atmosphere is new for the Fighting Irish, but it is very familiar for Nick Saban and his Crimson Tide squad.
“It’s great to be back in South Florida,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve been to the Orange Bowl. I’m sure these people here are going to do a great job of providing tremendous hospitality for our players and our entire family.”
The hype continues to grow as we get closer to the epic showdown between to of college football’s most historic programs and you can see the excitement in both teams eyes. Notre Dame and Alabama can’t wait to get their hands on each other and fight for the national title.
“It’s `Rudy’ vs. `Forrest Gump,”‘ Notre Dame wide receiver Robby Toma said. “Both very storied programs, a bunch of national championships and we’re excited to compete with the best because that’s how you become the best.”
Thankfully we are less than a week away!