#1 Notre Dame Irish vs. #2 Alabama Crimson Tide
Tonight marks the night that we’ve all been waiting for, as the BCS National Championship will finally decide whether the Notre Dame Irish really are the No. 1 team in the country, or if the Alabama Crimson Tide are destine for back-to-back championships.
The stories here are all across the board, from the many tales of A.J. MacCarron, to Nick Saban’s return to Miami and Manti Te’o’s incredible journey to where he is right now.
McCarron, who is one of the best quarterbacks in the country, almost died as a five year old child after a jet-skiing accident. SInce then, he and his brother have grown incredibly close and tonight they will be sittin gon the same sideline trying to bring home another National Championship to Alabama. And then there’s Manti Te’o, who owns one of the most inspiring stories ever told in college football. Te’o lost both his beloved grandmother and his girlfriend within hours of one another back in September. But rather than sulk, like most normal people would do, Te’o suited up for the Irish that week and has been their spiritual and team leader ever since then.
Nick Saban is making his triumphant return to Miami, although he’s more noted for his shady exit. But since leaving the Dolphins — whether you like the man for it or not– Saban has created one of the most enduring college football legacies to ever grace the great university. When time is done, and whoever’s out there reflects on Earth’s time, they will speak of Paul Bryant, Gene Stalling, Frank Thomas and Wade Wallace as highly as they speak of one Nick Saban.
Saban’s etched his legacy into Alabama, and as it stands now, his two years spent with the Dolphins is nothing more than two wasted years he could have been creating something special in college football, wherever it may have been.
But tonight, all these stories culminate in 60 of the most glorious minutes every played in college football this season. Million of eyes will be glued to two teams, 108 men and only one winner.
The only question is: who will it be?
Location: Sun Life Stadium
Time: 8:00pm ET/7:00 CDT
Nat’l TV: ESPN/ESPN 3D
Announcers: Brent Musburger/Kirk Herbstreit
Live Stream: ESPN 3
‘Bama Radio: ESPN Radio (Click Here to find your local affiliate)
Notre Dame Radio: IMG Radio Affiliates
Satellite Radio: XM Radio Channel 129
Weather: Clear, 82°F
Line: Crimson Tide -9.5
Prediction: Notre Dame 20, Alabama 34