Can Alabama give SEC it’s fourth straight title?

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.

34 comments Add your comment

how2fish

January 7th, 2010
7:07 pm

great article Tony

bamaguy

January 7th, 2010
7:08 pm

Bring it home Bama! Show ‘em what the South and the SEC is all about.

TheManOfAction

January 7th, 2010
7:08 pm

Alabama wins. Texas is Colt McCoy and Jordan Shipley, that’s all they have on offense. It will not be enough to stop the Tide from rolling.

how2fish

January 7th, 2010
7:10 pm

Sorry Tony I can’t give a score this one I think will be very close or a blow out..RTR

Blindog

January 7th, 2010
7:13 pm

SEC ALL THE WAY BABY!!!!!!!!!!!
Remember you heard it here first…Bama wins by 21 !!

dawgcrzy

January 7th, 2010
7:15 pm

The Gumpers by 7…….to much speed,defensive backs have big game

indianman

January 7th, 2010
7:17 pm

alabama 35 texas 17

coach lovelady

January 7th, 2010
7:18 pm

Bama is the only bet to make, if’n you want to play it safe. However, read it here and weep Crimson faithful. Texas will be loosing going into the 4th quarter. Possession will change often in the 4th. Texas will be the last to score wining by 2 or less. Mark my words.

Mike S

January 7th, 2010
7:20 pm

Alabama 34 Texas 20. Close game for 3 quarters then the bama power game takes over and puts it away.

Mike S

January 7th, 2010
7:21 pm

” I think will be very close or a blow out”

Way to go out on a limb there Nostradamous. lol. ;-)

Sam

January 7th, 2010
7:23 pm

Alabama, 20-16.

jeff

January 7th, 2010
7:25 pm

texas wins. bama is going through the 2006 ohio st. syndrome. all they hear is how great they are and how texas can’t win. plus, they believe they’ve already played and beaten their toughest opponent, much like osu felt in 06 after beating michigan. stars are aligned for an upset.

Gratefuldawghead

January 7th, 2010
7:28 pm

BAMA 31
Texas 14

SEC SEC SEC!

how2fish

January 7th, 2010
7:41 pm

Tony what do you see as the final score?

ReptilesRule

January 7th, 2010
7:46 pm

Bama 23 Texas 20 in a competitive game. Bama keeps it in the SEC.

Beeeeg Boy

January 7th, 2010
7:48 pm

Texas 31 – Bama 29

Tony Barnhart

January 7th, 2010
7:52 pm

I’m picking Alabama 24-13.

Buckhead Bulldog

January 7th, 2010
7:53 pm

Bama Rolls…..38-21

Asheville Dawg

January 7th, 2010
8:05 pm

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew works the Orange Bowl

January 7th, 2010
8:10 pm

………..BAMA wins an easy one.

how2fish

January 7th, 2010
8:13 pm

Hey Tony just want to say thanks for all your good work. I don’t like what your write all the time..but I respect the fact that you tell us what you think…..I look forward to next year..Thanks ! .

TX FAN

January 7th, 2010
8:16 pm

Hook ‘em Horns!!!! GO TEXAS!!!!

Texas 24 Alabama 17

Paul's Johnson

January 7th, 2010
8:16 pm

‘Bama wins, Mutts bask in reflected glory.

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew works the Orange Bowl

January 7th, 2010
8:21 pm

Mack Brown will cry more than Tebow after Bama wins.

dcbl

January 7th, 2010
8:22 pm

It really doesn’t matter does it? I mean, haven’t you heard? The world is going to end in December of 2012 anyway. i know it’s true. I saw someone say so on TV!!!

TX 17
AL 13

Suspended SEC Officiating Crew works the Orange Bowl

January 7th, 2010
8:26 pm

.Bama 37
Texas 9

30 Year Drought

January 7th, 2010
8:28 pm

When is Georgia going to get in the BCS Title Game? They are lagging behind 4 other SEC teams and need to catch up soon. Of course not too many second-tier programs like Georgia win the BCS National Title.

bugsquacher

January 7th, 2010
8:28 pm

hell yeah, roll tide, sec rules,

oh and for you tech fans 30-24 hahahahahahah

bugsquacher

January 7th, 2010
8:29 pm

bama 24 texas 17

Go DOGS

January 7th, 2010
8:38 pm

Tech lost to UGA and lost their lame bowl game to a bunch of chunky boys from the Big10….please!

L O S E R!

Roll Tide Roll

how2fish

January 7th, 2010
8:49 pm

Oh! no we have a game ..strap in folks this could be a great game!

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