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 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.
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.
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.
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.
If Alabama makes it to the national title game, it will be the final drive on Saturday night that people remember.