College football fans have waited five weeks for a champion to be crowned. That wait ends Monday night when the Notre Dame plays Alabama at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Odds makers are making the Crimson Tide a 9 ½ point favorite over the Fighting Irish, who come in undefeated and the top ranked team in the nation.
Both teams have not provided anyone with extra motivation as they have both stayed away from controversial comments or guarantees of a victory.
On Sunday, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly and Alabama Coach Nick Saban focused on what a victory would mean for their players and their programs.
“Playing this game is an incredible springboard into next season,” said Kelly. “You set a goal. You set a bar. They’ve already been here, you come back the next year, it’s unacceptable for standard to be any less than being back here again.”
“To me it’s all about the team. Everything we put into this year, from the time after last year’s game to having a team meeting talk about what that team would be able to accomplish,” said Saban.
“It’s really all about trying to get this team in a position to be able to stay focused on the things that they can control.”
Notre Dame is going for its first national title in 25 years, while Alabama is hoping for its third in the past four years.