Notre Dame, Alabama arrive for BCS title game

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Kelly said Notre Dame will find ways to mix fun and relaxation with the element of it being a business trip as well.

“All the people that were looking out the window were pretty much amazed to see the kind of draw that this game has,” Kelly said.

On the Alabama side, All-American center Barrett Jones wore a walking boot to protect the left foot he sprained during the SEC championship but said he was ready to go. Reserve offensive lineman Arie Koundjio had to be treated for dehydration when the plane landed, and tight end Harrison Jones did not travel with the team for what Saban called medical reasons. He’s expected to arrive Thursday.

The other Tide players seemed focused.

“We want to reach this point,” said defensive lineman Damion Square, who was recruited by Notre Dame. “To be here is great, but we have to finish the job.”

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AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo contributed to this report.

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