Pasadena, Calif.–We are still more than an hour from kickoff on a perfect California Day. If the quality of the BCS championship game between Alabama and Texas matches the weather, then we are in for a great evening.
The buzz around this historic stadium is incredible. I took a lap around the Rose Bowl and found two sets of fans who can’t wait for the kickoff. Alabama’s confidence is high but the Texas people I talked to are also quietly confident they can hang with the SEC champions.
I picked Alabama to win this morning because at the end of the day I just don’t think the Texas offensive line can handle the speed and athleticism of the Alabama defensive front seven. But I also remembered that the Texas offensive line is coached by former Georgia player Mac McWorther. He’s one of the best around.
The Texas defense is coached by another Bulldog, Will Muschamp, who used to work for Nick Saban at LSU. Does Muschamp’s knowledge of Saban’s tendencies help the Longhorns? Can the Texas defense, which forced 35 turnovers this season, force Alabama into mistakes?
Both Brown and Saban have a chance to join a pretty small fraternity tonight–coaches who have won two national championships. Saban could be the first coach in Division I-A history to win championships at two different schools in the modern era.
And it wasn’t that long ago (2004) that Texas fans questioned whether or not Brown had the right stuff to get the Longhorns to the top of football. But then he won a national championship in 2005, right on this very field. Now he is entrenched in Austin and making $5 million a year.
So who is going to win this game and why? Give me your picks before kickoff.