Who will prevail?: Touchdown Jesus or Roll Tide?

MATT ALGARIN and ANDREW METZ

Matt's take: This is the big debate at hand just days before the 2013 BCS National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Ratings watchers are salivating by this “dream” matchup, which pits two of college footballs most storied programs against one another.

For me, I could honestly care less who wins this game. But, just because I don’t have a rooting interest doesn’t mean that I don’t know who is going to raise the crystal football at the end of the day.

As much as it pains me to say it, Roll Tide!

So, now the question is why.

That’s easy. It all comes down to one intangible — experience.

Sure the players have changed, but Alabama has been the model of consistency and excellence, taking home the BCS Championship in 2009 and 2011.

Although Trent Richardson and Mark Ingram are gone, Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon haven’t let the run game miss a beat.

Add in a continually improving A.J. McCarron, who is rumored to be dating Miss Alabama, and the Tide is going to be tough to beat.

There is just no comparison in the quarterback matchup. McCarron is far superior to Everett Golson, and the numbers prove it.

Heck, I haven’t even mentioned the defense yet. The defense is the one piece where I feel as though these two teams match up pretty evenly. I might even give the nod to the Irish due to their experience. Sure, Alabama’s defense is young, but they are tough and hungry.

Come Jan. 7, I don’t expect a blowout, but I do expect the Tide to be rolling.

Let’s call it 27-17.

Andrew’s take: Jan. 7 is destiny’s darling, as far as the sports universe is concerned.

A national championship between the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the Crimson Tide of Alabama has college football fans licking their chops. And if you notice that a “fan” is not salivating in anticipation, then recognize that person in a publicly humiliating fashion, because their “fandom” is fraudulent.

You don’t have to be a Domer or a Tider. This is a defensive battle between the most storied programs in America’s game. A lack of interest is in bad taste.

I feel like I’ve been waiting on this game my entire life. I’ve been cheering for the Irish and the Tide since I can remember, and I was able to do this because they never played each other.

I’ve also kind of dreaded the coming of the day when I would have to choose between these two teams. And I still haven’t decided. I just want a good game.

For years, I’ve said that nobody holds a candle to SEC football, and six consecutive national championships have backed my claims quite well.

Now, even though Alabama is favored by 10, the Irish have a great chance to end the streak. And I absolutely love the fact that all these haters will have to cheer for a program they probably despise, if they want the SEC to be overtaken. Notre Dame’s 2012 season is offering some déjà vu. The New Orleans Saints came out of nowhere in 2009-10.

Nobody considered their contention before the season and even in the weeks before the Super Bowl; the Saints weren’t given a chance. But public perception was wrong.

The same thing is happening right now.

I couldn’t tell you exactly how the Irish are going to win, but it has to happen. It’s the right time. The SEC could rattle off another six, but not this year. This is Notre Dame’s season: the long awaited return to glory.