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Notre Dame vs. Alabama in BCS Championship

The University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the University of Alabama Crimson Tide in Monday’s BCS National Championship in South Florida.

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Frank Holland reporting from Miami

Frank Holland reporting from Miami

Dan Roan reporting from Miami

Alabama may be the favorites to beat Notre Dame for the BCS Championship Monday night, but the Fighting Irish are giving themselves a shot at an upset.

Notre Dame’s practice appeared to go at full speed, with full pads, but no real contact.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o said that his run at the Heisman Trophy and the team’s number one ranking won’t mean anything unless they prepare and perform like champions.

He said that his team needs to practice hard for the next several days.

“You can’t just turn it on and off.  I can’t just slack the whole weekend and then when game day comes, say ‘OK, I’m ready to go all out,’” said Te’o.  “It’s a day to day process and I know that, and everyone on our team knows that.”

“You’re either a die-hard Notre Dame fan, or you hate Notre Dame,” said Notre Dame Safety Matthais Farley.  “There really is no in between, so for those people who love Notre Dame, it would be a huge uplift across the board.”

Notre Dame and Alabama’s football teams are in Florida, getting ready to play for the BCS Championship Monday night. WGN’s Frank Holland is in Florida with more on this story.

Notre Dame arrived in south Florida to begin preparations for Monday’s BCS Championship game against Alabama.

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team is on its way to Miami, Florida Wednesday afternoon as they gear up for their national title game against the University of Alabama.

About 100 players, coaches, and staff boarded three buses at “the Gug.” From there, the buses rolled out for the South Bend Municipal Airport.

As the team prepared to leave, fans cheered them on and wished them well against the Crimson Tide.

“I’m just excited. I wanted to see them off. They know the puppet. It goes to the games. And they get to see it. I figured it might be a little something to spur them on,“ said one fan holding a Notre Dame football puppet.

The undefeated and #1 ranked Irish will play the #2 ranked Crimson Tide on Monday night. Kick off is at 7:30pm.

Alabama is a 9 1/2 point favorite.

Story written by WGN News Writer C. Hayes.

The Fighting Irish of Notre Dame football team is on its way to Miami, Florida Wednesday afternoon as they gear up for their national title game against the University of Alabama.

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