BCS Championship Game: Previewing Notre Dame vs. Alabama

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
In this photo provided by NASDAQ, University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban, left, poses with Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly outside of the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012.

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Extra special?

With the BCS National Championship Game just days away, it’s time for the final installment of my series breaking down the rosters by position for the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish—with this concentrating on special teams and the coaching staffs for both clubs.

Let the smack talk begin

Notre Dame running back Theo Riddick cast the fist barb of criticism lobbed between players so far during the BCS National Championship Game week, commenting Friday about the opportunity to exploit the University of Alabama defensive backfield.

Alabama coach Paul "Bear" Bryant talks with Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian prior to the 1973 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, La. Parseghian recently talked about the pressure to win at Notre Dame.