The BCS Championship Game will be televised on ABC January 7, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
BC Sports will be live-blogging the event starting at 8:15 p.m. ET.
Alabama and Texas prepare to play the last game of the college football season for the BCS National Championship Thursday at 8 p.m. EST televised on ABC.
There are breakdowns, match-ups, and previews galore for your perusal. Here is a gathering of opinions from some of your favorites at BC.
Josh Hathaway – Sr. Editor, BC
Alabama 27, Texas 6
Everything you know is wrong. Get ready for it, America. Alabama is going to win and it's not going to be close, but not for the reason you think. Well, not only for the reason you think. yes, the #1 ranked Crimson Tide defense is going to pulverize a one-dimensional Texas offense lacking in dynamic playmakers. There are five reasons Alabama is going to win and do so convincingly: Drew Davis, Mike Johnson, Will Vlahos, Barrett Jones, and James Carpenter. The Alabama offensive line will allow them to score points, regardless of what Texas' very bright defensive coordinator Will Muschamp dials up. Alabama has skill position talent all over — not just Heisman-winner Mark Ingram — but it all starts with the most dominant offensive line in the country that will allow the Tide to prevail. They'll give the MVP to someone else, but we'll know the real story.
Matt Sussman – Sports Editor, BC
Alabama 17, Texas 7.
This will also be the halftime score, sadly. There will be plenty of defensive fun for the whole family, and in the end, Josh Hathaway will not be heard from for weeks.
Alan Rouse – The Gridiron Breakdown/BCSCG Corespondent for BC
Alabama 28, Texas 17
This is what we have all been waiting for. After a month of pretty non-intriguing bowl games that have missed the mark, we get to see Alabama and Texas square off in the Rose Bowl Stadium for the BCS Title. It should be a very close hard fought game. Can Texas run an uptempo offense and keep Alabama off guard much like Utah and Florida did last season? Or will Alabama be able to impose its will offensively on a great Texas unit that has yet to see a running attack the likes of Alabama?
I expect Alabama to come out on offense like they did against LSU and Florida – spread the field and throw the ball early in the game. This will set up the bruising rushing attack of Ingram and Richardson as the game wears on. I believe this game will be close till about half time. But if things work out the way I see them Alabama pulls away in the 4th quarter and chews tons of time of the clock control the ball and play swarming defense. I may be a homer but I expect Alabama to win.
Eddie McCoy – Auburn Football Insider
Texas 31, Alabama 24
This game is going to be a battle along the trenches and the team that wins that battle will win the Championship. Texas did a poor job against Nebraska, but mainly because they had the best defensive player in the country and one of the best d-lineman that I've seen in several years in Suh going against them. This game, they have one of the best defenses in the country going against them in Bama. Bama's defense thrives on confusing the QB and having the QB check into bad plays. The million dollar question is whether this defense will be successful against an offense that is truly high tempo and fast paced and doesn't make many adjustments. In the Auburn game, when Auburn's offense got up to the line and ran the play quickly, they caught Alabama in some bad spots and I expect Texas to do the same. With that said, it really comes down to Texas's D vs. Alabama's O. I think Muschamp will take away the run and force McElroy to win with his arm. McElroy was able to take advantage of that same situation earlier in the year, but Texas' defense is one of the best and in the nation. I like Texas to hit some big plays and play a bend but don't break defense and win this game in a much higher scoring game than most figure.
Alabama 27, Texas 14
I expect this thing to start wide-open and turn into a slug fest as the game progresses. Texas's offense isn't as bad as they looked against Nebraska; it's a bit short-sighted to think of Colt McCoy in the microcosm of that one game the same as it would be to judge Alabama's Mark Ingram for his performance against Auburn or Tennessee. Alabama's offense is going to surprise some people because they are going to match Texas big play for big play and score for score early in this contest. I won't be surprised to see the Crimson Tide with a slight lead at half. The third quarter is where it's going to turn. There's only so much Texas's offense will be able to do against the vaunted Alabama defense and a couple of negative plays (sacks, interceptions, fumbles) are going to swing the momentum to the Crimson Tide. Then, Alabama is going to do what no other team tried or successfully did against Texas – they are going to line up and road grate them with the tandem running of Ingram and Trent Richardson (Look for a screen pass from the shotgun to one of these guys that results in major yardage). McCoy's good but he's not Vince Young and this isn't going to be a repeat of the 2005 BCS CG. Alabama's been the most consistent top team all year and this will be the crowning moment of an incredible run.