FBO: The two key Bama-Texas factors
In the end, it's all about red zone play and special teams for the crystal trophy
The Citi BCS National Championship Game presents several intriguing strength-against-strength unit matchups, notably the critical showdown between Texas' offense and Alabama's defense. (Read Mel Kiper's take on Colt McCoy's battle by clicking here.)
McCoy had the Longhorns motoring at more than 430 yards per game in the regular season; Rolando McClain and the Crimson Tide defense surrendered fewer than 250 yards per game.
Something's gotta give, obviously.
So, what can give the most easily in this game? Where could Alabama bend -- and maybe break -- en route to this one being close down the stretch? For a detailed metric analysis of the red zone and special-teams sides of the BCS title coin, you must be an ESPN Insider.
Brian FremeauESPN Insider
• Creator of the Fremeau Efficiency Index (FEI), a measure of college football team efficiency
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