Notre Dame to face Alabama for National Championship

Notre Dame will face Alabama for college football's National Championship.

It doesn't get any bigger than this.

The Crimson Tide survived to beat Georgia 32-28 Saturday night to capture the SEC Championship and advance to the BCS Title game January 7th in Miami against the Irish.

Alabama is the defending national champions while Notre Dame will look to capture the national title for the first time since 1988. The Irish have defeated Alabama to capture a national title before. That came in the 1973 Sugar Bowl when Notre Dame beat the Crimson Tide 24-23 in front of 85,161 fans in New Orleans.

The Irish also beat Alabama 13-11 a year later in the Orange Bowl. Notre Dame is 5-1 all-time against Bama with the Tide's only win coming in Birmingham in 1986 during Lou Holtz' 1st season at Notre Dame.

The Georgia-Bama game at first appeared to be a defensive battle then turned into a classic.

AJ McCarron threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Amari Cooper with 3:15 remaining to give Bama a 32-28 lead. But after Alabama surged ahead, it was Georgia (11-2) nearly pulling it out.

The Bulldogs were at the Alabama 4 after Chris Conley hauled in a short pass but the clock ran out before the Bulldogs could get off another play.

The Crimson Tide (12-1) trailed 21-10 after Alec Ogletree returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Both teams played like champions, but only the Tide is moving on to face the top-ranked Fighting Irish. Alabama finished with 350 yards rushing, an SEC title game record.

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