The Notre Dame-Alabama game for the BCS Championship will be televised on ESPN on Monday, January 7, at 8:30 p.m.
Someone HAD to lose Saturday's SEC Championship in Atlanta. After a memorable back-and-forth effort, Alabama prevailed over Georgia, 32-28. The Tide came from behind three times and held off a strong Bulldogs comeback in the final seconds, as reported by Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
So the next stop for Alabama is the Jan. 7 BCS title game in Miami against Notre Dame, ranked No. 1 in the BCS and unbeaten.
But for Georgia, the wait for a national title continues. It has been since 1980 since the Bulldogs won it all. (They lost a national title game to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl after the 1982 season).
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Reported Tony Barnhart of CBS Sports: "It hurts. It hurts a lot," said Georgia coach Mark Richt, who was trying to win his third SEC championship. "But sometimes you have to congratulate your players for playing their guts out. Time just ran out for us. That's all there is to it. But tomorrow morning we'll have to get up and get back to work."
The Crimson Tide will be playing for its third national title in four years, and also will be giving the SEC a chance for its seventh straight BCS title. Alabama is favored over the Irish by 7-10 points, CBS reported.
For the record, Alabama and Notre Dame have played six times, though not since 1987, according to the Associated Press. The Irish hold a 5-1 edge.
"I'm pretty sure it gets the old-heads excited, people that are in their 50s and 60s," Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley told The Chicago Tribune. "It's going to be a historic game."
Also, Crimson Tide fans who want to book a trip to Miami that includes a game ticket can do so through Suwanee-based Esoteric Sports (as of December 2).
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