The focus hasn't shifted for Alabama DC Kirby Smart, colleague Chris Low writes. Low looks at keys for Bama, and he and Edward Aschoff both predict the contest. Chance Warmack takes charge. Mark Schlabach looks at the special bond between AJ McCarron and Starla Chapman. Schlabach looks at the tale of the tape between these two schools.
Sean Astin talks about Notre Dame's rise in Playbook.
I was lucky enough to be the inaugural Curley Center class to cover a national championship; the gang here now is doing some pretty good work under former Notre Dame beat writer Malcolm Moran.
The Chicago Tribune's David Haugh says Mirko Jurkovic is staying positive in his cancer fight. This could be the Irish's most meaningful title yet. Barrett Jones and Manti Te'o are a couple of family guys, Brian Hamilton writes. Everett Golson has seen everything and nothing.
Athlon Sports previews the title game.
Irish safeties coach Bob Elliott has shown his resiliency once again this season, Pete Thamel writes on SI.com. Another inspiring tale, this one on Irish academic services associate director Adam Sargent.
The New York Post's Mike Vaccaro says that this iconic matchup has drawn everyone in. Brian Kelly has the dream job, now he needs the win to complete the fairytale.
Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde says Kelly and Nick Saban should stay where they are. Golson is hoping to do what McCarron did.
SI.com's Stewart Mandel says developing Golson could be key, and to not anoint the Tide as champions just yet. Mike Rosenberg says Saban's legacy is complicated, and that this sport is better with the Irish near the top of it.
AL.com's Kevin Scarbinsky says Saban's legacy is complex as a man but clear as a coach. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Dave Hyde says Saban is a college legend despite his messy Dolphins legacy.