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Alabama faces unapologetic Texas

Alabama and Texas will play in the national title game. For Texas Christian, Cincinnati and Boise State, the math doesn't quite add up, but they still get a spot in a BCS bowl.

The much-maligned method of choosing a national champion succeeded Sunday in matching No. 1 Alabama against No. 2 Texas in the BCS championship — a Jan. 7 game between undefeated teams that will bring together Heisman Trophy hopefuls Colt McCoy of the Longhorns and Mark Ingram of the Tide.

Of course, it also produced plenty for the little guys to get upset about.

No. 3 TCU, No. 4 Cincinnati and No. 6 Boise State also finished undefeated. All three were included in the BCS, but none will play for the title — a predictable result that will renew the annual debate about college football's way of determining the best team in the land.

"It's a fair question," BCS executive director Bill Hancock said. "The fact is that the charge of the BCS is to match 1 and 2 in the bowl system. It's a limited charge. It's what the BCS is designed to do. Based on the season's play, we're confident we've matched 1 and 2."

Seeking its first national title since 1992, Alabama (13-0) opens as a 41/2-point favorite for the game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Texas and Alabama will meet for the first time since the 1982 Cotton Bowl, a 14-12 Longhorns win over the Tide and Bear Bryant.

The Longhorns (13-0) have been on both sides of the BCS debate in the past.

Just last year, their chances for a national title were squashed when they lost a three-way tiebreaker for the Big 12 South title.

This time, Texas defeated Nebraska 13-12 in the Big 12 title game late Saturday, though the less-than-dominating performance certainly left things open for debate.

"The system put us in the game," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We were told for the last three weeks if we won, we'd be in the game. We did that."

Alabama faces unapologetic Texas 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 7:45am]
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