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Key matchups figure into BCS showdown

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By Ralph D. Russo
AP College Football Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.  — No. 1 Notre Dame allows 10.3 points per game, best in the nation. No. 2 Alabama allows 10.7. So the BCS championship should be a defensive struggle, right? First to 12 wins.

Well, maybe. Those offenses are pretty good, too.

A look at some of the key matchups in Monday night’s BCS championship game in Miami.

• Alabama center Barrett Jones vs. Notre Dame nose guard Louis Nix III.


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