NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Save your e-mails, Alabama fans. Like you, I think Alabama is the better team in the BCS title game. But since this is only one game and not a seven-game series, that doesn't mean the Crimson Tide are guaranteed a victory. In fact, the teams are close enough that in a one-game scenario, Texas has an almost equal chance of hoisting the crystal football at the Rose Bowl.
Remember, these teams played games before Dec. 5. Alabama played a perfect game against Florida, and Texas played a perfectly awful game against Nebraska, but one weekend does not a season make. The Tide looked unbeatable at times, but Tennessee and Auburn took them to the wire. The Longhorns looked vulnerable at times, but they also won seven games by four touchdowns or more.
So the winner will depend on which version of each team shows up in Pasadena. These five reasons suggest that if the correct Texas team takes the field, the Longhorns can win their second national title in five seasons.
"Coach Muschamp has really emphasized forcing turnovers and how those change games, so we focus in practice and in games on trying to get at least three turnovers every single practice, every single game," defensive end
McElroy played brilliantly in wins over Auburn and Florida, but he made some shaky decisions in other games. LSU, with its disguised blitzes and freak athletes, gave McElroy fits. Muschamp has a stable of freak athletes himself, and he loves to disguise blitzes. The head freak is Kindle, a 6-4, 255-pounder who mixes speed and power better than any rusher Alabama's line has seen all season.
McCoy has had a stellar career. He's the winningest quarterback in FBS history, but he has always lived in the shadow of fellow quarterbacks
If McCoy can, like Young, finish his career with zero Heisman Trophies and one national title, he'll take it. "You want to play for the national championship," McCoy said. "That was our goal. That was our dream. Now we're realizing that our dream could actually be a reality. It's starting to set in a little bit, and obviously going into this game and playing well and coming out on top would cap it off the right way."