Their Crimson Tide careers over, Nick Saban's players find their coach has prepped them for the NFL's off-field demands.
Despite ranking No. 5 in passing yards allowed, Alabama's defense proved susceptible to the pass late in the season, and Notre Dame is sure to take notice.
As the Crimson Tide coach and a Catholic, Nick Saban is well-versed when it comes to the tradition of success at Alabama and Notre Dame.
Alabama's veterans knew about them in the spring and preseason. After some amazing performance, culminating in the SEC championship, the football world know about the Tide's super freshmen
Alabama was expected to beat Auburn, but this wasn't always the case for the Crimson Tide's upperclassmen. That's what made this win memorable.
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.
A look at the things to watch in Saturday's Auburn-Alabama rivalry matchup.
The normal hype and hatred that accompanies the Iron Bowl have been toned down a bit due to Auburn's struggles and Alabama's dominance, especially with the lack of upsets in the series.