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Junior nose guard Louis Nix

For Irish fans looking beyond the ultimate goal of a BCS Championship victory over Alabama, there's this: Notre Dame's offensive and defensive lines -- the team's definitive strengths in 2012 -- will have all available hands on deck for 2013 as well.

The senior left tackle in question is the best player on an offensive line that produced the most rushing yards and best yards-per-carry average at the program in more than a decade, while also allowing the fewest sacks in that span. The junior nose guard is the formidable anchor of a defense that ranks among the top five in program history. Both have decided another year in South Bend... Recommended Stories

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