Tonight, the college football bowl season comes to an end, as Notre Dame and Alabama square off in the Discover BCS National Championship Game.
The Fighting Irish and the Crimson Tide, ranked number 1 and 2 respectively in the BCS poll, kick off at 7:30 CT. The game can be seen on ESPN TV and can also be heard on 101 ESPN Radio.
Oddsmakers have Alabama favored by more than a touchdown, but we asked Creve Coeur and St. Louis area high school football coaches for their analysis:
Maplewood Richmond Heights Coach Rich Nixon: Alabama
Alabama ( In my opinion has the best Head Football coach in the country and one of the most imposing defensive fronts in all of college football.)
ND has a sense of family that has developed this year and its a very interesting dynamic that I believe will allow for the game to be closer than one might think if you just looked at the two teams on paper.
Brentwood Football Coach Keith Herring: Alabama
Two very good teams, ND does have A LOT of momentum and chemistry along with a solid D going in. It could be their year, but I'm picking Bama. They've been there before, Saban does a great job of preparing and I just like their style of play! So, I'm taking Bama, mainly because I like them!
Parkway North Coach Bob Bunton: Alabama
I am a huge Notre Dame fan so in my heart I want the Irish to win. However, I think the 'Bama defense is going to be too much for ND and am going to pick the Tide. I do look for a close game because I think the long time off between games is almost like starting the season over again. This is tough, but I am going to go with 'Bama 24-13 over the Irish.
Chaminade College Prep Coach Antoine Torrey: Alabama
I will be keying on the best offensive line in all of college football going against the best front 7 defensively. Alabama offensive linemen Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack may be too much for Manti Te'o. If ND key to heavy on there running attack Alabama will beat you with Jones, one of the best WR in college football.
Even though ND has the Irish luck and the Coach of the Year on their side and Alabama may have to overcome a few distractions this weekend staying in the most popular hotel in the US, at the end I think Alabama's overall experience in national championship games the last few years will afford them the win in a close game.
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