FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The nation's best college football team?
That will be answered Monday night when No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Alabama face off in the BCS championship game at Sun Life Stadium.
But no one is asking what team owns the country's best offensive line.
The Crimson Tide, vying for their third national championship in four seasons, boast a group of blockers that include five NFL prospects, three All-Americans, an Outland Trophy winner, a Rimington Trophy winner and more big plays than Broadway.
About the only thing left unanswered is this: Does Alabama have the best offensive line in the history of college football?
"Ask me after the game," said senior Barrett Jones, a first-team All-American and the Rimington Trophy recipient as the nation's top center. "We have unfinished business. Certainly we've had a good performance up to this point, but your entire legacy is based on how you finish. We have to finish the right way."
Finishing the right way for Alabama's offensive line means imposing its will on a Notre Dame defense that may also be the nation's finest. Entering the championship game, the Irish rank first among FBS schools in scoring defense, fourth in rushing defense and sixth in total defense. They've allowed only two rushing touchdowns all season.
But Notre Dame defensive coordinator Bob Diaco admits the Irish haven't faced anything like they will on Monday night.
Just ask Georgia.
Alabama rushed for an SEC championship game record of 350 yards in a 32-28 win against the third-ranked Bulldogs on Dec. 1.
Alabama's line pushed around opponents all season. The Tide has scored 500 points and rung up 62 offensive touchdowns, both school records, while rushing for 2,920 yards. The backfield duo of Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon are the first pair of 'Bama runners to run for 1,000 yards in a single season.
Jones is the most decorated Alabama offensive lineman. As a junior in 2011, the 6-foot-5, 302-pounder won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman while playing left tackle. He moved to center this season and added to his trophy case by capturing the Rimington honor. As good as Jones is, he's not even considered Alabama's best offensive lineman. That label goes to 320-pound left guard Chance Warmack, whom ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr., regards as the NFL draft's seventh-best prospect.
Junior right tackle D.J. Fluker is also considered a likely first-round pick if he skips his senior season while others think sophomore left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio will eventually be the best of the group. Junior right guard Anthony Steen rounds out the talented quintet.