Who is going to play Notre Dame in the BCS title game was just one of the many topics covered in Thursday's Google+ Hangout with Times national college football writer Chris Dufresne, UCLA writer Chris Foster and USC writer Gary Klein.
The consensus? Alabama.
Will Notre Dame be routed, no matter who they play, as many predict?
Not so fast, Dufresne said, pointing out Notre Dame's defense is too good for anyone to rout them.
Or, as Dufresne wrote earlier this week,
"Picking winners and losers in this sport is tougher because the playing field is so absurdly uneven you have to compare apples to Orange Bowls. The thin space separating victory and abject failure is roughly Kansas Coach Charlie Weis' vertical leap.
"Notre Dame is in this season's national title game because it won five games by seven points or fewer and survived two overtime games and a couple of questionable calls. At 12-0, though, no team deserves it more to be playing for the Bowl Championship Series title.