Some "big games" are so named more as marketing ploys to drum up the most attention possible rather than because of the intensity of interest shown by sports fans at large.
Today's BCS National championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama suffers from no such self-aggrandizement. Notre Dame's unbeaten Fighting Irish (12-0) and Alabama's one-loss Crimson Tide (12-1) both are highly regarded teams, and the national cache they enjoy is built on levels of success and achievement seldom met in college football.
Both teams also have auras punctuated with legendary names such as Bear Bryan and Knute Rockne, Joe Namath and Ara Parseghian, Tim Brown and Derrick Thomas, and many more.
So trust that you will be in vast company when you tune in to follow the game.
Gametime is 5:30 p.m. It will be televised on ESPN and broadcast on radio on AM 1320.
For fans who want to follow the game online, The Sports Network will provide updates.
To prepare for viewing, check out a feature focusing on Notre Dame tailbacks tailbacks Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood and one on Alabama quarterback AJ Mccarron.
Also, look back 40 years to a Notre Dame-Alabama game that is loojked upon as a classic in college football history.