Alabama vs. Oklahoma: Who Wins If Both Make the BCS Title Game?

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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LSU is currently the No. 1 team in the AP Top 25 Poll, but Alabama and Oklahoma are right on the Tigers's tails at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.

But, LSU still has to travel to Alabama on November 5 to take on the Crimson Tide.

Assuming Alabama finds a way to pull off that minor upset and assuming Oklahoma continues to cruise to an undefeated season, let's take a look at what would happen in an Oklahoma-Alabama national championship game.

In terms of quarterback play, the Sooners have a major advantage. Landry Jones is a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate. A.J. McCarron, on the other hand, is a sophomore who is in his first season as a starter.

That's not to say McCarron isn't good. He just had a four touchdown game against Vanderbilt, but the Oklahoma defense is much better than Vandy's.

But, other than quarterback, Alabama has the edge.

Trent Richardson is much, much better than Dominique Whaley of Oklahoma, and Nick Saban's defense has an edge over Bob Stoops's unit.

The Crimson Tide's defense is first in the nation in terms of points allowed. They've shut out Vanderbilt and North Texas already.

And, against the high-powered Arkansas offense, Alabama held the Razorbacks to just 14 points. That 14 points was the most any team has scored on the Tide this entire season.

So, with nowhere to run and no clear passing lanes, the Oklahoma offense is going to have a really tough time scoring on Alabama.


They have Jones and Ryan Broyles though, so they'll put up some points, but it's going to be tough.

Richardson, McCarron and company should be able to control the pace of this game, and as long as they don't make too many stupid mistakes, they should win this hypothetical championship game.

Obviously, there's still a lot of season left to play. But, if these two teams prove to be the class of the college football world, we will be in for a heck of a BCS Championship game.

And, in the end, Nick Saban will win his second national championship trophy as a head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Prediction: Alabama 23, Oklahoma 20