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What The Crystal Ball Says About Texas And Alabama In The B.C.S. Championship Game

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I guess we should begin this by looking at what the crystal ball has gotten right and what is has gotten wrong in regards to the Big 12 schools this bowl season. We're 4-3 in predicting the winners of the Big 12 bowl games and were happy to be wrong about Iowa State and Texas Tech. We told you that Georgia would have a big second half against Texas A&M, Nebraska would score over 30 on Arizona, Landry Jones would have a huge game against Stanford and Oklahoma State would struggle to score against Mississippi. So here's what the crystal ball is dishing up for the BCS championship game.

BCS Championship 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Texas Longhorns 0 6 0 0 6
Alabama Crimson Tide 0 7 9 10 26

 

  1. The game will get off to a slow start offensively. Both teams have outstanding defenses and they'll set the tone early. It'll be a one score game at the half with the Texas defense fending off Bama scoring opportunities and the Longhorn offense stalling themselves.
  1. Bama will have a big day on the ground. Yes, I do realize that the Longhorns have the top rushing defense in the country but Alabama's ground and pound offense will take its toll. There's a reason the Tide is averaging 5.1 yards per carry.
  1. Quarterbacks will have high completion percentages but low yardage. Neither quarterback will break 200 yards but McElroy will be the closest to that mark with more weapons in his arsenal.
  1. Bama will get sack happy. The BCS championship will be a continuation of what we saw in the Big 12 championship. The Tide will get to McCoy and keep him under pressure all night. Our simulation has Alabama with four sacks.
  1. Mark Ingram adds a MVP to his resume. With over 130 yards rushing and 40 yards receiving along with a receiving touchdown Ingram takes the honor of the game's most valuable player.
2009 Texas Longhorns Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
Vondrell McGee 4 90 2 52 0
Tre' Newton 12 64 1 36 0
Cody Johnson 9 29 0 14 0
Colt McCoy 16 6 0 11 0
2009 Alabama Crimson Tide Individual Stats
Rushing
  Att Yds 20+ L TD
Mark Ingram 29 138 1 20 0
Trent Richardson 15 93 1 54 0
Roy Upchurch 9 43 0 13 0
Terry Grant 7 7 0 6 1
Greg McElroy 3 -10 0 -1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Jordan Shipley 5 39 0 0 16 0
Dan Buckner 2 21 1 0 22 0
Malcolm Williams 2 19 0 0 15 0
James Kirkendoll 1 9 0 0 9 0
Cody Johnson 1 6 0 0 6 0
Greg Smith 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
Vondrell McGee 1 -1 0 0 -1 0
Receiving
  Rec Yds 20+ 40+ L TD
Julio Jones 2 42 1 1 42 0
Mark Ingram 3 40 1 0 20 1
Marquis Maze 2 30 1 0 24 0
Mike McCoy 1 10 0 0 10 0
Darius Hanks 1 10 0 0 10 0
Colin Peek 2 4 0 0 7 1

 

Passing

  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Colt McCoy 13 25 92 0 1
Passing
  Comp. Att. Yards TD INT
Greg McElroy 11 16 136 2 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Eddie Jones 1 0
Defensive
  Sacks INT
Courtney Upshaw 1 0
Cory Reamer 2 0
Luther Davis 1 0
Alex Watkins 0 1
Field Goals
  Made Missed
Hunter Lawrence 45,30 -
Field Goals
  Made Missed
Leigh Tiffin 46,42 -