Tide will roll with IngramAndrea Adelson
Alabama and Texas have two of the best defenses in the country, two of the best players in the country and two of the best coaches in the country. So why will Alabama win the BCS national championship?
Because a good running game beats a good passing game when championships are on the line. That means the Tide will win on the legs of Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, while Texas will suffer because of its inconsistency on the ground.
Because Alabama has a slightly better defense than Texas.
Because Alabama is more physical, and you always bet on physical over finesse. And because Nick Saban is a better coach than Mack Brown right now.
Alabama 31, Texas 17.
Sticking with LonghornsChris Dufresne
Los Angeles Times
I'm going to have to stick to my guns on this one, or should I say Colt McCoy's guns. I've had Texas at No.1 since my first preseason poll and there's no way I can pick against the Longhorns now.
I'm not going to argue the merits of picking Alabama. After thorough inspection I might conclude the Crimson Tide is the better team with momentum on its side.
Texas was in a similar spot four years ago when it was the underdog in the BCS title game to USC, on the brink of three straight national titles. And USC was the better team for most of that night at the Rose Bowl, yet Texas kept playing and playing and playing and pulled out a dramatic 41-38 win. I can see that happening again although, with the two defenses this year, the final score might be something like 21-19.
Counting the intangiblesBill Kline
The Morning Call
Three reasons why Alabama might win:
1. Alabama's athletics Web site is www.rolltide
.com. Very cool.
2. Mark Ingram gives a hell of a Heisman Trophy acceptance speech.
3. 'Bama's defense inflicts more pain than opening your cell-phone bill.
Three reasons why Texas might win:
1. They grow 'em big in Texas.
2. Colt McCoy. Not because of his talent - but because of his name.
3. Less than half of Texas football players graduate, so there's more time to spend on football than wasting it on actual education.
And the real reason why Texas will win: Alabama might have the Bear, but Texas has Bevo, the one mascot you don't want to bump into in a dark concourse.
Final score: Texas 23, Alabama 20.
Deja vu in PasadenaDavid Teel
The eyes of Texas have never seen parallels like this. Four years ago the Longhorns entered the Rose Bowl stadium decided underdogs against a team led by a Heisman-winning tailback and guided by a failed NFL head coach.
Texas defeated Southern California, Reggie Bush and Pete Carroll that evening before the largest television audience in BCS history, and Thursday night at the Rose Bowl the Longhorns face a similar challenge from Alabama, Heisman-winning back Mark Ingram and coach Nick Saban.
As in 2006 with Vince Young, Texas has an All-America quarterback, Colt McCoy, who is unlikely to blink on the big stage. Moreover, these Longhorns boast the nation's stingiest rush defense, which can stop Ingram. History repeats. Texas wins.