As the middle sibling between two living triple A’s (Arrogant Alabama Alumni) who now resides in the fine state of Texas, I thought, who better than Alabama Voodoo to write and publish a preview and prediction for the BCS Championship game to be played in Pasadena, CA on Jan. 7, 2010?
Let it be known from the beginning—and as many of you may already know—I am a featured columnist for the Auburn Tigers on Bleacher Report, and any sense of bias perceived by the readers in this preview can and will be credited/refuted, as I am a consummate professional.
You can save your snickering, laughing, and/or hateful comments until the conclusion of this masterpiece that will fill you with knowledge faster than a new bag of Lay's potato chips...I bet you can’t read this just once.
I know Alabama football, and just as I learned by blasting the classic Rage Against the Machine song of 1992, "Know Your Enemy," this is exactly what I have done every year since I became an Auburn Tiger fan back in 1979. I know the Crimson Tide through and through. They are The Enemy.
I can say without a doubt I know more about this legendary program than the majority of their overwhelming trailer-parkdom fanbase that call themselves the Crimson Tide Nation.
These fans are primarily suffering from my now famously coined “Crimson Tide Stain,” which is a human genetic condition—archived and explained in detail at the following link.
But this is no time for me to brag about my scientific prowess in dissecting the human condition; it’s time to explain why I know the Crimson Tide will be crowned National Champions, which I printed back in September.
Yes, it’s sad, but true; I did predict that the Tide would win the national title and have not wavered, although my Nostradamus-like intuition may have cost my beloved Auburn Tigers the upset they nearly achieved back in November.
Real fans don’t accept moral victories, as I didn’t, but of course the Tide’s toughest competition this season came from their two biggest rivals, as Tennessee almost pulled off the unthinkable back in October as well.
These types of victories are the close calls championship teams win along the way to the promised land. All great teams are tested as everyone brings their best to the table. Will the Longhorns' best be enough?
I must commit some time to the undefeated Big 12 Champion Texas Longhorns. When you live 50 miles north of Austin, you tend to be a bit overwhelmed with all the Longhorn coverage and knowledge.
The Longhorns are growing very weary of hearing how Alabama is going to “beat the brakes off of them.” I’ve even heard the foolish proclamation in these parts of Texas that TCU is more deserving than the tradition-rich Longhorns to play in the BCS Championship Game.
Hmm, now that’s got to be enough “Tackling Fuel,” famously used by Bobby Boucher to rise to the top of college football from his waterboy origins. However, I assure you this team is no group of waterboys; they are well coached and don't need gimmicks to get motivated for a game of this magnitude.
The Longhorns have a Texas legend serving as their starting quarterback. Maybe you’ve heard of him?
Colt McCoy, and I bet you get tired of hearing about this guy. Problem is, he deserves all the positive things the football world has glorified upon his trophy case. He is not as played out, overhyped, and glamorized nearly as much as the glory hound Tim Tebow, but you get the point.
This young man gets more pub than Angelina and Brad Pitt.
In case you didn’t know: He can play, and not only is he a QB, he is a football player, too. Such a description to a QB serves as a huge compliment when most QBs turn to a referee every time they get knocked down. Not Colt My Boy. He’s Texas tough and a leader all programs dream of having.
When I watched Texas play this season, and especially play offense, I broke down their style of play. It’s far different than the team they will be lining up against Thursday night. It’s exciting and flashy.
Of course, the Longhorns are primarily known for their two famous offensive stars: WR Jordan Shipley and McCoy—the roommate tandem that has been at Texas now what seems like forever.
The Longhorns have other standout players on offense who have contributed this season, like RB Tre Newton, WR Malcolm Williams, and WR James Kirkendoll.
I bet you are wondering, what does Alabama have offensively to counter these Texas football stars and their high-octane offense?
Well, besides a roughshod defense that boasts a No. 2 ranking and the type of depth that two separate top-20 teams have constantly rotating in and out of the game from the same sideline.
Yet, I have something else in mind. It’s called ball control and clock management—the best defense for any potent offense. I can assure you that successful ball control is supported by the toughest, meanest and hardest working guys on every college football team: the O-line. Alabama's is a unit that punishes and breaks its opponent to the point of exhaustive submission.
I’m not calling out Texas and their defensive players, who are impressive in their own right.
However, where there is a great running back, there is always an O-line that paves the way for that bowling ball mentality.
They truly delivered Alabama’s first ever Heisman Trophy winner: Mark Ingram, a sophomore who runs like Emmitt Smith did in a Dallas Cowboy uniform behind his Hall of Fame line that showcased his skills.
Very simply put, games are won and lost in the trenches.
Javier Arenas scores two touchdowns as the Tide rolls to victory.
Roll Tide Roll...it’s time for a Crimson Tide revival. Doesn’t it make you sick?
Alabama 30, Texas 14