NEW YORK (AP) - On one side, a blossoming dynasty from the college football capital of the Deep South. On the other, the sport's most famous team, trying to reclaim its place among the elite.
Notre Dame and Alabama bring star power and power football to the BCS championship.
The matchup becomes official Sunday night when the full BCS lineup is announced on ESPN. There's still some mystery about whether Northern Illinois or Boise State could slip in as a BCS buster, but there's no drama about the main event: No. 1 Notre Dame against No. 2 Alabama in Miami on Jan. 7.
The Irish (12-0) clinched their spot a week ago by completing a perfect season against Southern California.
Alabama earned its spot Saturday, beating Georgia 32-28 for the Southeastern Conference title.