As you’ve probably heard by now the BCS title game is tonight. Crazy, I know. After all the waiting, all the analyzing, and the debating, incredibly, it’s just time to ball.
With so much build-up to this game you need no further introduction from me. So instead, let’s just jump right into it, talking about some of the biggest story lines entering tonight’s game.
The Talent On The Field: Go ahead admit it, you expected the first bullet point here to be “the defenses.”
Honestly, I can’t blame you, and if anything they probably should have been. But considering I started my preview of the November 5 game the exact same way, and given that not much has changed with those defenses since then (it’s not like Alabama’s entire secondary came down with mono or something) it doesn’t seem worth rehashing old thoughts. As I said on November 4, “How many different ways can you say “These are far and away the two best defenses in college football” anyway?
So instead, I’ll keep the same theme, change the context, and ask an abstract, impossible-to-answer question instead: Is this the most “talented” title game since USC and Texas in 2005?”
Obviously, there’s no real way to answer that. But I think that it just might be.
For Alabama- to put it as simply as I can- the Tide may very well be the most talented top-to-bottom college defense I’ve ever seen. The numbers obviously back it up, since incredibly Alabama ranks No. 1 in the country in the following categories: Total defense, scoring defense, run defense, pass defense and red zone defense.