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08:11 AM ET 01.07 | Finally, after more than a month off from playing games, Alabama and Notre Dame will play for a championship. In the past five seasons at Alabama, [Nick Saban] is 60-7 and has won two national championships. He now has a chance to win his third national title in four years and his fourth overall in the BCS era (1998-present). ... And this, in my opinion, is by far his best coaching job in 17 years as a college head coach. He lost seven starters from the No. 1 defense in the nation and six were drafted (three in the first round). Still Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart put together a unit that was No. 1 in total defense, No. 1 in rushing defense, No. 2 (behind Notre Dame) in scoring defense, and No. 4 in pass defense.

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January 7, 2013  08:38 AM ET

I think his best work was getting that powder blue blazer...

Kidding aside, he did field a very good team after losing so many players...

January 7, 2013  08:49 AM ET
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I think his best work was getting that powder blue blazer...

Kidding aside, he did field a very good team after losing so many players...

Keeping Kirby Smart was the best thing to happen to Nick.

I speak from the Gator experience of living through the loss of high-performing assistants, and having a dropoff when they move on down the road.

January 7, 2013  08:50 AM ET

But speaking of that powder blue blazer, if there were a FN Hall of Shame -- errr, I meant Fame -- then that thing would hang in the front window with spotlights on it.

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January 7, 2013  09:04 AM ET
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Now wait a minute, I have one just like it, they are fine and never go out of style.

Remember, you need to wear the white leather shoes matched with the superwide white leather belt, too. And plenty of gold chain, gotta have that.

January 7, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Roll Tide! Roll Coach Saban. Roll on to victory!

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January 7, 2013  09:35 AM ET

It's time to get the game on!!!!!!!

January 7, 2013  09:36 AM ET
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ND tonight.

Golden-Domers versus the Mobile-homers......The game is FINALLY Here. Can't wait.

Cotton made me believe even more-so that Gump covers the 10....may double-down.

Roll_DAMN_Tide (gotta go throw up now)

January 7, 2013  09:40 AM ET
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Golden-Domers versus the Mobile-homers......The game is FINALLY Here. Can't wait.Cotton made me believe even more-so that Gump covers the 10....may double-down. Roll_DAMN_Tide (gotta go throw up now)

Golden Domer vs Mobile Homers....ROFLMAO

Gotta agree WPS...said after the game that the ND win over Zero U didn't look as good after the whipping the ags put on 'em.

How'd your sooner family take it?

January 7, 2013  09:41 AM ET
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ND tonight.

Biiiiiiig surprise, lol.

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January 7, 2013  09:47 AM ET

This is a team that came from behind in the FINAL MINUTE to win at LSU, and came from behind TWICE IN THE SECOND HALF to beat Georgia.
They KNOW how to WIN the BIG GAMES.
50-0 when they RUSH for 150yds or more. 50 AND 0 !!!
The train ain't coming off the rails tonight!
ND - Get your medics ready.
WE A COMIN RIGHT ATCHA!!!
ROLL TIDE ROLL!

 
January 7, 2013  09:53 AM ET
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Golden Domer vs Mobile Homers....ROFLMAOGotta agree WPS...said after the game that the ND win over Zero U didn't look as good after the whipping the ags put on 'em.How'd your sooner family take it?

Just Dad and I went down to the game...Tix were Christmas presents. He took it OK. He's down on Stoops, thinking he's peaked and 10 win seasons are the ceiling. No more NC's.

To be honest, Okie looks a little slow and a litte soft on the front end of the defense compared to the teams they fielded 7-10 years ago.

Still, beating UTx by 100 makes it a good year for him......if only they could figure out a way to play Nebraska every year. He'd be content

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