The Citi BCS National Championship: The War Of Roses Begins

Patrick FerliseCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The Alabama Crimson Tide line up against the Texas Longhorns during the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The "grand daddy" of championships begins- the prestigious BCS National Championship presented by Citi. History repeats itself as the Alabama Crimson Tide play the Texas Longhorns in a showdown of dominance beyond all imagination. More history and memories are recorded in the Rose Bowl than any other football game, and it is relived tonight in Pasadena.

The Alabama Crimson Tide began their rush for the BCS National Championship in their first game, stating that they were a force for all of college football to see. The Tide beat (5) Virginia Tech in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia which catapolted them into the Top Five standings. Through out the year, the 'Bama boys showed their opponents that they were a talented team. Before they defeated the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship, Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram won the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

The Texas Longhorns joined the BCS National Championship race once again, falling short last year behind the Oklahoma Sooners who lost in the National Championship to what some call the "dynasty of the 21st century"- the Florida Gators. Head Coach Mack Brown built a prestigious championship-caliber team that is back to put the hurt on opposing teams. Alabama will be their test... And possibly their death bed. The last time the 'Horns went to a BCS National Championship was when Tennessee Titans quarterback Vince Young played for Mack Brown against the USC Trojans.

Texas and Alabama hold history in the Rose Bowl that some teams cannot compare to. Both programs are prestigious in their accomplishments and they have won the hearts of millions and divided a nation in half. The Bowl Championship Series has brought back memories beyond all comparison in making Pasadena its home for the greatest college football event in the history of mankind. Two honorable teams, one prize, one shot at glory, and a shot to repeat history once again.