Posted: Thursday January 3, 2013 4:58 AM

O-lines paving way to BCS championship game

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - Offensive linemen are usually the unsung heroes, the guys who only get talked about when they screw up.

Not at Alabama, where the second-ranked Crimson Tide's road to the BCS championship game has been paved by five talented 300-pounders, including two-time All-American and four-year starter Barrett Jones.

No. 1 Notre Dame's offensive line doesn't have quite the star power or balance. The Fighting Irish don't hide the fact that they lean left - at least when it comes to running the football. Notre Dame has made a living running behind tackle Zack Martin and guard Chris Watt.

When the Irish and Crimson Tide meet Monday night in Miami, the BCS championship could very well be on the lines - the offensive lines to be specific.

 
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