The Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards) NO SALES, Associated Press
Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain speaks to reporters during a news conference on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Montgomery, Ala. Alabama is scheduled to face LSU in the BCS championship NCAA college football game on Jan. 9.

NEW ORLEANS — Alabama offensive coordinator Jim McElwain has one last task before beginning his head coaching career.

He's charged with finding a way for the second-ranked Crimson Tide to score touchdowns against the defense of No. 2 LSU in Monday night's BCS title game. Then, McElwain will fly with Colorado State officials to his new home and job as head coach.

McElwain describes his schedule leading up to the game as working 6 a.m. to midnight on Alabama and then tending to his new program until he can't keep his eyes open.

He's hardly complaining about either opportunity.

McElwain's offense failed to produce a touchdown in the first meeting with the Tigers. He jokes that he drew comfort from his dog Clarabelle afterward "because she didn't know that we didn't score."