The Case for Florida
The points won't come easily, but the Gators' bruising identity is well suited to a Tide showdown
The Case for Notre Dame
Like the Gators, the Irish play the punishing defense necessary to stay with the defending champs—if they survive a punishing second-half schedule
The Case for Oregon
The Ducks, contrary to their reputation, have an underrated defense, and they have the playmakers who can get to the edge
The 'Bama Matrix
The Tide is the favorite to win it all; there can be no doubt about that. But what of the rest of the BCS labyrinth? Circumstances—remaining schedule, poll position—will dictate the road to Miami. So, too, will the quality of the contender. Who has the best mix of the two?