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?
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.
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.
The rivalry between brothers Vince Williams and Karlos Williams has made things eventful at Florida State. But that rivalry proved beneficial in the ACC championship game.
The five most surprising performers for the Florida Gators in 2012, a quintet that played much better than last season or exceeded expectations.
Alabama nose tackle Jesse Williams embodied the Tide's perseverance in winning the SEC Championship game against Georgia, as he fought through an injury to impact the victory.
Georgia Bulldogs wilted under the power of Alabama, but still came just seconds from their BCS championship goal.
Florida State still has an ACC championship and a bowl to play for, but that didn't stop Jimbo Fisher from fielding questions on the state of coaching in college football.
Freshmen running backs have factored heavily into Alabama and Georgia's runs to SEC Championship game -- T.J. Yeldon for the Tide, Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall for the Dawgs.
Todd Grantham has built Georgia's 3-4 defense much like one of his mentor's. The UGA defensive coordinator will face Nick Saban for the first time a the college level Saturday.
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.
The crosstown showdown between USC and UCLA has big implications, as a trip to the Pac-12 title game is at stake.
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.
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
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.