It all comes down to this.
After five weeks of preparation and 34 “warm-up” bowl games, the BCS Championship is on the line Monday night, when No. 1 Notre Dame takes on No. 2 Alabama for the title of national champs.
And there are, of course, numerous intriguing matchups and questions heading into the showdown.
Can a stingy Notre Dame defense contain the best rushing offense in college football?
How will Alabama center Barrett Jones’ injured foot hold up against Irish nose tackle Louis Nix III, considered one of the best defensive linemen in football?
Can the Irish handle the hype, or will Alabama’s veteran players — making their third national championship appearance in four years — handle the occasion better?