ATLANTA – Texas vs. Alabama for the national championship.
And let the complaining by TCU and Cincinnati – even Boise State – begin.
The Crimson Tide romped past Florida 32-13 and into the BCS title game on championship Saturday. The Longhorns likely locked up their spot with a last-second, tougher-than-expected 13-12 victory against Nebraska that left plenty of opportunity for debate about which is the second-best team in the country.
The regular season ends with five unbeatens in major college football, but only two can play for the national championship.
No one will argue about Alabama (13-0) playing in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7. Some might take issue with Texas getting the nod over the Horned Frogs, Bearcats and Broncos.
Not any time soon.
Colt McCoy and the Longhorns came into the Big 12 title game at Cowboys Stadium third in the Bowl Championship Series standings, but with the top two teams in the country meeting in the Southeastern Conference championship, all Texas needed was a victory over a two-touchdown underdog to earn a trip to Pasadena, Calif.
After the Tide had a surprisingly easy time knocking off Tim Tebow and the defending national champions, the Longhorns needed a 46-yard field goal on the game’s final play to survive against a nasty Nebraska defense.
Today the final BCS standings come out. Alabama will no doubt be first when the poll votes and computer ratings are tabulated. Texas probably will be second. It’s not quite the slam dunk most thought it would be, though.
A Nebraska upset of Texas would have made for a rare suspenseful selection Sunday for the BCS, with TCU and Cincinnati vying for the spot opposite Alabama in the title game.
The Horned Frogs and Bearcats came just a few feet or a tick of the clock from getting the result it needed in Arlington, Texas. Now there has to be a least a few poll voters who are reconsidering the way they lined up Texas, TCU and Cincinnati on their ballots.
Still, the Horned Frogs and Bearcats most likely will have to settle for playing in BCS games outside of Southern California.
TCU appears headed for a matchup of unbeatens against Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. Call it the BCS buster bowl, with both teams from conferences without automatic bids.
Cincinnati figures to be the opponent for Florida in the Sugar Bowl in Tebow’s final college game.
Georgia Tech earned an Orange Bowl bid with a 39-34 victory against C.J. Spiller and Clemson. The Yellow Jackets’ first BCS appearance likely will be against a Big Ten team, either Iowa or Penn State.
Pac-10 champion Oregon will play Big Ten champ Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.
The selections become official tonight.