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What Time Is the BCS National Championship Game?

No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama meet in Miami on Jan. 7 in the title game.

Will the next BCS national champion be the top-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish or will the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide, the defending national champions, pick up its third national championship title in the past four years?

We'll find out Jan. 7. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. E.S.T. on ESPN.

Here are five things to know about this year's BCS matchup:

  1. Notre Dame has not won a championship in 24 years, its last coming in 1988. Alabama is the defending national champion and will become the first team to win back-to-back BCS titles if the Tide wins Monday night.
  2. Tonight's BCS game will be the first meeting between the Tide and Irish since 1987. The teams have played each other six times, with Notre Dame holding a 5-1 edge.
  3. Notre Dame has produced seven Heisman Trophy winners, Alabama has produced one -- Mark Ingram in 2009.
  4. If Alabama wins, it will be the seventh consecutive national championship for the SEC -- no other conference has ever won more than three consecutive titles.
  5. More than 72,000 fans are expected to watch tonight's title game in person. As of Jan. 6, there were about 4,200 tickets remaining, the cheapest of which was listed in the $900 price range.

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Mitch January 07, 2013 at 04:52 PM
If Alabama wins I will win my office pool. I can't believe I have to cheer for this team... Score Prediction: Alabama 24 Notre Dame 10 ...so as they say, RTR!
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Go ahead Mitch -- let out a big "Rollllllll Tide!" It feels good. RTR!
Mitch January 08, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Alabama just scored again.
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 02:00 PM
LOL - Let's face it. The real national championship game was played in the Georgia Dome back in December. I almost (but not quite) felt sorry for Notre Dame last night.
Mitch January 08, 2013 at 03:39 PM
If only the 4-team playoff started this year, I would love to now see Oregon play Alabama. But honestly I think Alabama would steam roll just about anyone right now. Lord Saban has created something pretty special in Tuscaloosa. Seven straight years of a national champion from the SEC. With the likes of McCarron, Murray, and Manziel all playing again next year, eight straight years is just a matter of time. Going to be fun to watch. Not even 24 hours since the college football season ended and I’m already begging for more. I need help.
Kristi Reed (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I know! Even though I am a die-hard Bama fan, I am really excited to see Manziel play next year. With McCarron and Murray back, we should have a really good year of SEC football indeed! Frankly, I'd be shocked if the SEC doesn't make it eight next year. How the rest of the football world must hate us ....

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