BCS National Championship (held at the Rose Bowl): Alabama -4 vs. Texas (total 46): The 2009-2010 college football season comes to an end with its top two teams, both undefeated at 13-0, battling it out for the right to be crowned No. 1 in the nation. The Crimson Tide is favored because of their dismantling of Florida in the SEC title game, while Texas was lucky to get past Nebraska in the Big 12 championship. Alabama brings a stifling offense to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, while Texas features a high-octane offense that averaged nearly 41 points/game this season. For its part, Texas also has a highly rated defense, which held opponents to 15 points a game. However, the strength of Texas’s schedule is suspect, especially in the overrated Big 12. In their bowl games, other Big 12 teams didn’t fare particularly well: Missouri was blown out by Navy, Texas A&M was dismantled by Georgia, Oklahoma State was stifled by Mississippi and Oklahoma was unimpressive in sneaking past Stanford. Note that a couple of those big losses came against SEC teams. And if there’s any doubt about Florida, which Alabama thoroughly throttled, they came back to shellac undefeated Cincinnati. In this match-up, Alabama should be able to make life miserable for Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who was sacked nine times by Nebraska. Moreover, Nick Sabin is probably the best coach in college football, especially when given time to prepare for a big game. Texas will play hard and keep this one close for awhile, but Alabama will eventually establish its dominance and win this one going away. Alabama -4 and OVER the total of 46.
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