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College football fans are buzzing about tonight's BCS National Championship game between the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, and country music fans are, too. That's because many of their favorites will be performing during the day's festivities.
Dierks Bentley got early tailgaters geared up for game day when he and rapper Flo Rida provided the entertainment at last night's (Jan. 6) BCS Fan Exprience. Today, Luke Bryan is set to headline the Bud Light Championship Game Day Fan Zone at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., which starts at 1:30 p.m. and runs up to game time. Just prior to kickoff, Zac Brown Band will take the field to perform the national anthem.
Last week, we talked to Lee Brice—a fan of the Clemson Tigers—and his brother Lewis to get their picks for game day. Lewis was pretty confident: "I think it's going to have to be Alabama," he told Country Weekly, then punctuated it with a "Roll Tide." Lee conceded, but added, "I always root for the underdog, but I just don't know. I do say, 'Never say never,' especially in football. Don't ever count anyone out. There's too much talent at that level." While Lewis agreed, he also noted, "Nick Saban is a force to be reckoned with." Lee's Tigers finished the season at No. 14 and edged out the Louisana State University's Tigers, 25 to 24, in New Year Eve's Chick-fil-A Bowl.
Notre Dame is ranked No. 1 in BCS standings, while Alabama, last year's championship winner, is ranked at No. 2. Catch the game at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.