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 will be facing the best defense in the nation in Notre Dame, and it starts with dealing with the Fighting Irish's defensive front.
Ryan Shazier's late emergence at linebacker was key to Ohio State's undefeated season, but his statistics suggest that he might be on par with Notre Dame LB and Heisman candidate Manti Te'o.
While this year's version of the USC-Notre Dame rivalry has huge implications for the Irish, the Trojans are reduced to playing spoiler.
Almost everyone, including Manti Te'o himself, thought the linebacker was destined to be a Trojan. But Te'o is leading the Notre Dame defense.
Curtis McNeal ready for a bigger role if Marc Tyler can't go; USC excited for first USC-Notre Dame night game in South Bend.