Crimson Tide rolls to national title

By: Michael Robinson | Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide completed their perfect season in the BCS.

The college football season just wrapped up with Alabama’s 37-21 win over Texas in the BCS championship game. Fans will need to wait eight months for the next game, but next year’s future odds will come out shortly.

Preseason predictions spot on

A look at the AP top-6 preseason poll and the final one show a lot of similarities. Alabama and Florida essentially flip-flopped, as the Crimson Tide proved they were the better team in the SEC championship game.

Texas and Ohio State both lived up to their preseason ranking, although the Longhorns wish they had a healthy Colt McCoy against Alabama.

Oklahoma could have easily been a top-3 team if quarterback Sam Bradford didn’t get injured.

The only real miss was USC. The Trojans were given a preseason pass despite their uncertainty at quarterback. The real problem was a defense that took a few steps backwards.

1. Florida   1. Alabama
2. Texas   2. Texas
3. Oklahoma   3. Florida
4. USC   4. Boise State
5. Alabama   5. Ohio State
6. Ohio State   6. TCU

Big Ten resurgence

The Big Ten made a strong showing this bowl season at 4-3 straight-up and 5-2 against the spread. That’s the first winning bowl season since 2002, and one year removed from going 1-6 SU and 3-4 ATS.

The quality of the wins was also important. Ohio State, Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin won and ‘covered’ against the No. 7, No. 9, No. 12 and No. 15 ranked teams respectively.

Ohio State and Iowa also won BCS bowl games. The Big Ten was 0-6 SU (1-5 ATS) in BCS bowls the last three years.

Boise State looking for more

The Boise State Broncos’ exciting 17-10 win over TCU in the Fiesta Bowl gave them their second undefeated season in four years. However, the Broncos never had a shot at the national title.

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The good news is that 21 of 22 starters could return, and they should start next year in the top-5. The non-conference schedule is also tougher, with both Virginia Tech and Oregon State. That will help the national title bid.

Boise State is 17-8-1 ATS the last two years, and hasn’t had a losing ATS season this decade.

BCS Future odds

The SEC has won a record four national titles in a row with Alabama joining Florida (2006, 2008) and LSU (2007).

Perennial contenders Florida, Oklahoma and Texas could all be long shots next year after losing marquee quarterbacks. The Gators may also lose coach Urban Meyer.

Alabama looks like the favorite next season despite losing several key defensive players. Heisman running back Mark Ingram, quarterback Greg McElroy, and receiver Julio Jones should all be back.

Pac-10 Oregon and Big Ten Ohio State are right behind Alabama. Those teams played in the Rose Bowl, with Ohio State winning a thrilling 26-17 contest.

Miami and Virginia Tech will be two highly ranked ACC teams. Finally, TCU and Boise State should have legitimate shots to be national champion.

A closer look at the favorites will come next week when the future odds are released.

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