John Helsley, OSU beat writer
NOTRE DAME 20, ALABAMA 17
This isn't the 'Bama we're used to seeing recently. Still good, but not all-time good. And it's an Irish team that matches up physically, setting up the kind of close, low-scoring game that the Irish thrive in. Notre Dame makes another stand, the prepares to return No. 1 for 2013.
Jenni Carlson, columnist
NOTRE DAME 23-21
This one will live up to all the pregame hype. A fantastic matchup becomes a fantastic game. Notre Dame has found a way all season to win every time it's been on the field. It does so again, with the defense making one final, last-minute stand.
Berry Tramel, columnist
Both teams play great defense, so the game could come down to two or three little plays, not necessarily big plays. But Alabama has the edge at quarterback, with AJ McCarron, and the edge in big-game experience. This is the third national title game for Alabama seniors.