Alabama used its offensive line to plow its way through Georgia on the road to the BCS title game. Now, the Tide know they face another battle with the Irish.
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 defensive coordinator Kirby Smart won't leave mentor Nick Saban until he has an opportunity for similar success as a head coach.