Alabama has won two national titles in a row and three in four seasons, excelling where many others have failed in college football history. What are the odds that Bama's run will continue, though?
First-year offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier didn't want to reinvent the Alabama offense, just fine tune it. Now he gets to take it for a spin against Notre Dame's highly regarded defense.
Kevin Norwood has his breakout game in last season's BCS title game. A year later, the Alabama junior receiver has become the Tide's steady hand on offense.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron had his coming-of-age party in last season's BCS Championship Game against LSU, which now seeks a way to contain him.
Nick Saban allowed Alabama QB AJ McCarron to take the reins of the offense during the BCS Championship Game win last season; since then, the junior has let loose a bit.
OU will go into 2013 without its record-setting quarterback, two of its best receivers and several of its best defenders off a defense that was a disaster anyway the second half of the season. The schedule will be unforgiving, as well.
The five most surprising performers for the Florida Gators in 2012, a quintet that played much better than last season or exceeded expectations.
Alabama didn't look ahead to the SEC championship game and dispatched Auburn 49-0 in the Iron Bowl, giving the Crimson Tide a clear route to a BCS title spot.
Michigan will be on target for its first Big Ten championship appearance with a win on Saturday, but making the title game doesn't provide any financial windfall.
LSU has one loss, but if the Tigers click and win out, they will have a shot at a spot in the BCS national championship game
Eric Striker, a three-star safety from Florida, knew as a freshman that he'd play at Oklahoma.
Michigan has made its first BCS bowl since the 2006 season with an invitation to the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Talk of LSU playing for the national title regardless of Saturday's outcome has, understandably, mounted a chip on the shoulders of a Georgia team that has won 10 straight games.
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