Irish want to finish title agenda

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Zeke Motta arrived here four years ago from Vero Beach, Fla. He was born in Miami, less than a half-hour from the site of this season's Discover BCS National Championship Game.

No, he never circled the potential dream date on the schedule. Yes, he is psyched about the thought of his No. 1 Notre Dame team facing No. 2 and defending national champion Alabama for the national title on Jan. 7.

"It is the ideal world to be in right now, man. It's awesome," Motta said. "But, no, I never would've thought about it."

It will be even more ideal if the Irish climb one final hurdle, this one against a Crimson Tide team that is going for its third national title in the past four seasons.

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