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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Notre Dame is a 10-point underdog heading into Monday's BCS championship game.

But if that bothers anyone with the No. 1 Irish (12-0), who play No. 2 Alabama (12-1) for the title, they are not letting on.

"I think we played a lot of games as underdogs this year," receiver Robby Toma said when the team arrived Wednesday. "A lot of people have doubted us. Nothing is going to change. We are going to compete for four quarters. We are not going to guarantee a win, but we are just going to go out there and play."

Coach Brian Kelly echoes Toma's feelings and said he will not prepare his team any differently to try and beat Alabama.

"You got to make sure you do what you do," Kelly said. "We are going to do what we've done. Alabama knows it. Alabama knows, we know what they are going to do. It comes down to the execution. That's really what it comes down to."

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.