AJ McCarron continued his key role in Alabama's historic run, leading the Crimson Tide to its third national title in four years. He directed the Tide on touchdown drives on each of their first three possessions to easily take care of Notre Dame.
Nick Saban's legacy will be the topic du jour if Alabama defeats Notre Dame in the BCS title game. Just don't tell the Crimson Tide's coach, who would rather concentrate on the next practice or the next recruiting call.
Other conferences will stage their championship games this weekend, but the SEC is the only one staging a title game that carries national championship implications. And don't think a playoff will change that.