BCS Championship Game Preview
Looking towards the press box at the Rose Bowl for the BCS Championship Game. Photo courtesy Selbert Perkins Design.
Selbert Perkins Design, the design firm that created the LAX Gateway glass pylon project, developed all the interior and exterior graphics for the BCS Championship Game tonight. In partnership with the Tournament of Roses for 11 years, the design firm also designed the game tickets, programs, credentials, VIP cards, etc.
The designers wanted to use larger than life imagery of players in motion to demonstrate strength and heroism. The players are shown in black and white against a full color background of the American flag in motion. Since football is an American game, they added the background of the flag to reflect this unique American experience.
And it should be an experience to see the thawed out Texas Longhorn and Alabama Crimson Tide fans at the Rose Bowl. You know how those wacky Texans and southerners love their football teams. Face paint, bbq, the whole works. It should be an amazing sight in Pasadena tonight.
As for the game, having more than a month to mull it over I still don't know. Theoretically the Tide should roll the Longhorns out of the Rose Bowl. But the Tide looked really mediocre at points during the season before absolutely dominating the Florida Gators in the SEC Championship Game.
Meanwhile the Longhorns were just outgunning teams left and right until the Big 12 Championship Game when they met Ndamukong Suh and the Nebraska defense.
So which of these teams will show up?
The Longhorn offense is very potent with Heisman finalist Colt McCoy while not having his best season was 10th in the country with yards passing and 11th in touchdowns. And he has all those weapons to throw to namely Jordan Shipley who improved on his breakout season last year with 106 receptions for 1,363 yards and 11 touchdowns.
While their defense isn't the best they've had, they really don't need it against Alabama. Their only real weapon has been Heisman winning running back Mark Ingram. Although the Tide have a good receiver in Julio Jones, junior Greg McElroy just isn't experienced enough as a first year starter at quarterback. At times during the season the Tide offense looked just plain vanilla.
But that Tide defense was what bailed them out of games. They would keep the game close allowing Ingram to do his thing in the fourth quarter to eke out a win.
Texas has been to the Rose Bowl twice and emerged victorious all in this decade. In fact the last time they were here they played USC in the BCS Championship game and upset the favored Trojans in that amazing game with Vince Young. A young McCoy was at the sidelines for that game.
Meanwhile Bama has a 4-1-1 record at the Rose Bowl, however the last time they were here was in 1946. This hoopla can be a little much for the Tide although chapass extraordinaire head coach Nick Saban will do as much as he can to deflect it.
This will be a close low scoring game, but for some reason I just have a hunch that Texas will pull it off with McCoy throwing a pass to Shipley to wrap this season up with a bow. I remember dismissing Texas against USC, and I'm not going to make that mistake again.
Texas will win the game 17-14.
#2 Texas Longhorns faces #1 Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl in the BCS Championship Game tonight at 5 pm. It will be broadcast on ABC7 and AM 710 KSPN.