The hype began before the season had even started. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke watched film of the Alabama offensive line before the season opener and said it was the best he'd seen in college football. Barrett Jones was the defending Outland Trophy winner at center, Chance Warmack was arguably the most talented lineman in the country as a guard ,and D.J. Fluker was a potential top-20 pick at right tackle. Even sophomore left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, who hadn't started a game in his career, had credentials as the former No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the class of 2010.
In Part I of our series breaking down each unit of the Fighting Irish ahead of the BCS national championship game, we take a look today at the Notre Dame defensive line, assessing its component parts and comparing it to Alabama's own unit.
Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day's significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is 12 days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number "12."