Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood, center, cuts between Brigham Young defenders Spencer Hadley, left, Daniel Sorensen, left center, and Joe Sampson. With the national championship on the line, two throwback offenses will slug it out. No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama rely heavily on the run, and that doesn't figure to change in the biggest game of the year.
Associated Press/Oct. 20, 2012
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon (4) is taken down after a first down run by Western Kentucky defensive back Tyree Robinson (22) and defensive back Jonathan Dowling (1). Yeldon is one of the two 1,000-yard rushers for the Tide.
Associated Press/Sept. 8, 2012
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The BCS championship is going old school. In this era of wide-open, pass-happy offenses, college football's ultimate prize will be decided next Monday night by two throwback teams, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama. The Fighting Irish (12-0) have run for nearly has many yards as they've managed through the air. The Crimson Tide (12-1) is coming off a dominant ground performance in the Southeastern Conference championship game.