Both teams come into the game unbeaten but Alabama is the four point favorite in college football betting. Where are the edges in this BCS Bowl betting matchup?
BCS Bowl betting has Alabama at #1 in the country while Texas is #2. When Texas has the ball it will be Colt McCoy against a tough Alabama defense. The Longhorns averaged 432 yards per game which was 20th in the country as college football betting stats showed. McCoy was excellent this season, completing 70 percent of his passes. He will be tested in BCS Bowl betting by an Alabama defense that was #2 in the country this season. All-American Rolando McClain is a great linebacker and will be a key player in this game. The big play receiver for Texas is Jordan Shipley who had 106 catches for 1,363 yards as college football betting stats showed. The Texas offense was controlled by Nebraska in the Big 12 title game but Alabama’s defense is not as good as Nebraska’s.
On the other side of the ball in BCS Bowl betting it is Mark Ingram and the Alabama offense against Texas. The Crimson Tide would love to just hand the ball to the Heisman Trophy winner in BCS Bowl betting. Ingram had 1,542 yards and 15 touchdowns this college football betting season. The problem for Alabama is that they are going against the best rushing defense in the country in Texas who allowed just 62 yards per game on the ground. Alabama is going to have to throw the ball to win in BCS Bowl betting. That means Greg McElroy will have to find Julio Jones for some big plays against the Texas secondary in this BCS Bowl betting matchup. Texas can make plays in the secondary though as they led the nation with 24 interceptions.
Special teams look even in this BCS Bowl betting matchup as Alabama has Javier Arenas while Texas has Jordan Shipley and D.J. Monroe.
BCS Bowl betting has seen the underdogs win more often than not in recent seasons. That could happen again if Texas is able to keep Alabama from making big plays. Ingram may not be a factor against the tough Texas run defense so if Alabama doesn’t get big plays, they could become the latest BCS Bowl betting favorite to lose.