It had just started to turn chilly in Pasadena as the red and white confetti began to fall all around the stadium. The S-E-C, S-E-C chants had already been yelled and Rammer Jammer was in full swing when the excuses started.
One Texas fan looked at me and said, "If we had not lost Colt we would have won." First off No Texas you would not have won. Colt McCoy did not allow two Alabama running backs to rush for over 110 yards a piece.
Alabama would have won the game regardless as to who the Texas QB was even if Vince Young was behind center. The defense was too fast, too strong, and would not be denied.
Still none of that matters in the grand scheme of things. In the record books it will not say Alabama beat Texas without Colt. It will simply say Alabama 37-Texas 21, and the truth is no one feels sorry for Texas.
Sure people feel sorry for Colt McCoy and the players but no one believes Texas was robbed or feels sorry they lost the game. How many Texas fans cheered when Sam Bradford went down against BYU and then again against Texas? Almost all of them.
How many people in Norman are saying man I sure do wish Texas had been able to keep Colt healthy? How many people on the campus of USC which lost to Texas in '05 and lost Sanchez to the draft wish Texas had better luck?
Who in Boise is crying that Texas missed out on winning the championship? Do you think Ricky Stanzi is saying man he got hosed? How much sympathy are Christian Ponder and the FSU fan base sending the Longhorns way? Even Ft. Worth does not feel sorry for the Longhorn faithful.
The fact is that Texas lost because it did not properly prepare for the game. Cincinnati won with a backup quarterback during a four game stretch because it had prepared its backup. If Greg McElroy had gone down Alabama would have been fine because it has a running game. Take out Mark Ingram and Bama still rolls with Richardson and Upchurch. There is not one player on Alabama's team that could not have been replaced.
It is no one’s fault but Texas coaches that Texas lost the National Championship game and no one outside of the longhorn faithful feels sorry for a man making $5 million a year, just like no one would have felt sorry for Nick Saban had 'Bama lost.
So Texas quit wondering what if and deal with the reality that your Longhorns were not the best team in the country. That title belongs to the Alabama Crimson Tide. Roll Tide and here’s looking forward to a rematch in Arizona Alabama will be there will Texas?