FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The BCS championship is going old school.
In this era of wide-open, pass-happy offenses, college football's ultimate prize will be decided Monday night by two throwback teams, No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama.
The Fighting Irish (12-0) have run for nearly has many yards as they've managed through the air. The Crimson Tide (12-1) is coming off a dominant performance on the ground in the Southeastern Conference championship.
"Alabama is that kind of team where you just know they're going to run the football," Irish defensive end Kapron Lewis-Moore said Thursday. "The whole world knows they're going to run the football. Just try to stop us - that's their mentality. It's really kind of cool to see. There's not going to be any tricks or trick plays or anything like that."
The same could be said of the Irish, who are dominant on defense but a bit erratic when they drop back to throw.
While Coach Brian Kelly might technically operate out of a modern spread offense, he's scaled back his desire to pile up the points and the passing yards like he did in his previous tenure at Cincinnati.
Notre Dame has relied on a running back-by-committee approach and quarterback Everett Golson to wear down opponents, averaging more than 202 yards rushing per game.
Theo Riddick has gained 880 yards and five touchdowns, Cierre Wood has 740 yards and four touchdowns, while George Atkinson III has chipped in with 361 yards, five touchdowns and a team-leading 7.1 yards per carry.
Golson is also a threat to tuck the ball and run, gaining 305 yards and scoring five times.
"Coach Kelly is known to sling the ball around, but this year we've kind of done both," Lewis-Moore said. "We've run the ball very well with Theo, Cierre and George. We're kind of like a three-headed monster."
If that's the case, then Alabama is a two-headed beast.
Junior Eddie Lacy and freshman T.J. Yeldon have both rushed for 1,000 yards and combined for a staggering 27 touchdowns, taking advantage of what is generally regarded as the best offensive line in the nation.
"It's like old-school football," Lacy said. "We line up in the I-formation and pound it. A lot of teams are in the spread and things like that. We like to keep it old school around here. The old-fashioned way still works."
Indeed, it does.
Just ask Georgia, which lost to Alabama in the SEC title game.