Piggybacking off that last point, the SEC defensive style, with few exceptions, is to stuff the run and force quarterbacks into third and longs, off of which the defense can get stops, notch sacks, or force turnovers.
Texas' offensive attack won't play into that style. Much to the chagrin of some of its fanbase, which has had to watch a once-proud running game evolve into a pass-heavy spread, Texas throws to set up the run. Its base set is three- and four-wide, one- or two- back, depending on the need for pass protection. For a heavy, hard-hitting defense used to subbing in nickel packages on third down, that could spell trouble.
And though the Longhorns have struggled to develop a secondary receiver to Shipley, they've found a way both to keep Shipley active and to keep the chains moving. Malcolm Williams, James Kirkendoll, and Dan Buckner need to have monster games, but Texas OC Greg Davis will find a way to keep them involved.
Additionally, while Terrence Cody is as physically imposing, he's no Ndamukong Suh. He's a run stopper, not a sackmaster, and his talents, to that end will be largely useless. There's no way Texas runs the ball, even on a draw, with Cody on the line.
This will force Alabama to either keep Cody in, assume a pass is coming, but lose out on the pass rush, or take him out and risk Texas checking to a draw or trap play that could be equally as lethal.
Plus there's always McCoy taking off with his legs. With 348 rushing yards, he's only 150 yards shy of being the team's leading rusher, and he showed how dangerous he can be on the ground in the A&M game. Another performance like that, and he could be more Tebow than Tebow ever was in the SEC championship.