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Posted: Monday, January 7, 2013 12:20 pm | Updated: 12:56 pm, Mon Jan 7, 2013.

CULLMAN, Ala. (WAAY) - With Alabama playing against a Catholic school Monday night, attention has turned to local nuns to see who they will be rooting for in the BCS championship game.

ABC 57 reports that the majority of South Bend, Ind., nuns are rooting for the Fighting Irish.

They quote Sister Agnes Marie saying, “Most of us watch (the game) together. We have one spot for those who are extremely loud and then we have another location where the group is more restrained.”

We decided to check in with nuns right here in Alabama to see how they feel about today's matchup.

Sister Therese Haydel says that out of the 45 nuns that live at Sacred Heart Monastery, only five of them are die-hard Notre Dame fans.

Monday night, the sisters plan to watch the game in their cozy community room. Haydel says there will be lots of polite cheering, and if the game gets close … some serious praying.

“We are human, just like everyone else,” said Haydel.

In response to the die-hard fans from South Bend, Haydel jokes that God definitely favors Alabama.

“I think God wants everybody to do their best, but we always think God is on our side too. (Coach Nick) Saban is Catholic, the chaplain for the team is Catholic, so we firmly believe God is on our side,” laughed Haydel.

Haydel also adds that the Alabama sisters are spending the day chanting a funny rhyme: 

Hail Mary,

Full of grace,

Put Notre Dame,

In second place.

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