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BCS COUNTDOWN

Days until game: 29

Middle matchup

One matchup to watch when No. 1 Notre Dame (12-0) takes on No. 2 Alabama (12-1) in the BCS title game Jan. 7 is in the middle of defensive and offensive lines.

Notre Dame’s Louis Nix III, a 6-foot-3, 326-pound nose tackle, will try to overpower 6-5, 302-pound Alabama center Barrett Jones, who won the Rimington Tropy as the best center.

– The Journal Gazette

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