Alabama mascot Big Al performs before the BCS national championship NCAA college football game against LSU in New Orleans.
Associated Press/January 2012
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Everything about the BCS championship between No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama seems larger than life. Not only do these schools stand among the best ever in college football, they also lead the pack in celebrating that success and in investing for the future. If ever college football presented a heavyweight event it's the Fighting Irish against the Crimson Tide. So here, then, is a tale of the tape for Monday's marquee matchup in Miami.