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Alabama center Barrett Jones says he is healthy enough to play, colleague Mark Schlabach writes. Tide receiver Kenny Bell appears close to returning for Monday, Alex Scarborough writes. AJ McCarron is fit for BCS pressure, Chris Low writes.
Louis Nix has found his serious side, Tim Rohan writes in the New York Times.
Notre Dame's fan base is rejuvenated with the Irish back in the title game, Dick Weiss writes in the New York Daily News.
Alabama's potent running attack could step it up, Dan Wolken writes in USA Today.
SI.com's Andy Staples examines the national titles both schools claim.
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde says Alabama's hatred of Notre Dame runs long and deep.
The Chicago Sun-Times' Herb Gould says all eyes will be on this Super Bowl of college football.