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Note: I understand that the No. 2 team in the BCS rankings is supposed to play the No. 1 team. But, in this circumstance where No. 1 and No. 2 are currently both from the SEC prior to playing in the regular season, and knowing that the loser cannot play for the SEC championship, this is the way I see it turning out.
This game typically hosts the champion from the SEC, and this has been a tradition that precedes the BCS.
This year is no different, in that the bowl game hosts an SEC powerhouse, however, the champion of the SEC, like last year with Auburn, will be playing in the BCS Championship game.
This year, the venue of New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl shares the location with the BCS Championship game, both occurring six days apart in early January.
Based on the rankings today, with some minor adjustment, the Sugar Bowl will host Alabama vs. Boise State.
The Broncos bring a solid offense with Kellen Moore at QB. In this past weekend's game with Colorado State, he connected on 26-for-30 pass attempts, 338 yards of passing offense with an 11.2 average.
Granted, they were not up against the caliber of opponent that Alabama is, and frankly their schedule is pretty lightweight, but they get a BCS nod more often than not.
Alabama on the other hand has the No. 1 defense in the country at this time; they play some of the best nationally ranked teams throughout their schedule and they have an offense that features Heisman-hopeful Trent Richardson.
Richardson has really come on in his last few games, power running and leaving tacklers in the dust.
In the Ole Miss game, the Crimson Tide offense put up a staggering total yardage of 615, Richardson accounting for 183 of those yards on the ground. He was impressive with a 10.8 yards per carry average.
Quarterback A.J. McCarron is no slouch himself, managing the passing game to the point fans are forgetting about Greg McElroy.
McCarron threw 19-for-24 passes with 224 yards in the air. The Tide should dominate the Broncos in this Sugar Bowl matchup.