Biggest effects of BCS title layoff 

January, 4, 2013

McCarronKevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDon't be surprised if both Alabama and Notre Dame's offenses get off to a slow start on Monday.
In the current issue of ESPN The Magazine, we provide a peek into the effects of the long layoffs for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide between the end of their regular seasons and Monday night's BCS title game, 45 days for the Irish and 38 for the Tide.

The people I talked to, many of whom have been there and done that, provided a ton of insight on the topic, revealing a few common patterns of thought. Chief among them? Walking onto the field after so much time off is like strolling onto another planet, no matter who you are.