"My personal memory of the Alabama vs. Notre Dame series was being at the 1975 Orange Bowl at the age of 10 along with my dad, 2 brothers and other family members. The day before the game I was able to be on the field to watch a pre-game practice."
When Paul W. "Bear" Bryant was hired by the University of Alabama in 1958, the coach told both the incoming recruits and the holdovers from the previous teams -- well, those who survived his brutal offseason-conditioning program -- that if they weren't there to win a national championship they were in the wrong place.
You may have read Ivan Maiselís piece about Alabamaís dynasty-in-the-making status with a win in this yearís BCS Title Game. Whatís the list of things that are statistically at stake for them in this matchup with Notre Dame? Letís run through all the ones we could find.
Editorís note: Each day between now and Alabama's date with Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship, we will review the season for a key Crimson Tide player or coach and attempt to project whatís next for him. Today weíll look at running back T.J. Yeldon.