NOTES from CollegeFootballPoll.com
Texas is on a 5-bowl winning streak.
The Longhorns are 7-0-1 all-time vs. Alabama.
SEC teams have won last three BCS titles.
SEC teams are 5-0 overall in BCS Championship games.
Big 12 teams are 2-4 overall in BCS Championship games.
Alabama entered the 2009 bowl season tied with USC for most bowl wins with 32.
Texas returns to Pasadena for the first time since beating USC for the 2005 season title.
Alabama's last national title came in 1992 under Gene Stallings.
This is Alabama's first appearance in a BCS Championship game.
Nick Saban is in his second season at Alabama with a record of 32-8 (.800) and 16th overall with a record of 138-67-1 (.672). The Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator is Jim McElwain and the defensive coordinator is Kirby Smart.
Mack Brown is in his 12 season at Texas with a record of 128-26 (.831) and 25th overall with a record of 213-100-1 (.680). The Longhorns’ offensive coordinator is Greg Davis and the defensive coordinator is Will Muschamp.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN ALABAMA HAS THE BALL
Mark Ingram is the first Alabama player in history to win the Heisman Trophy. He shattered the Alabama single-season rushing record with 1,542 yards this season and 15 rushing touchdowns. He averaged 118.6 yards rushing per game and 6.2 yards per carry while catching 30 passes out of the backfield for 322 yards and three touchdowns.
Alabama's Mike Johnson, an FWAA offensive lineman All-American, led a rebuilt offensive line that helped clear a path for 215.9 rushing yards per game and 413.77 yards of total offense while surrendering just 1.15 sacks per game to rank 19th nationally.
Julio Jones was the Tide's leading receiver with 42 catches for 573 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Texas' CFP and FWAA All-American DB Earl Thomas has posted 71 tackles (45 solo), five TFL, eight INT's, 16 PBU and a forced fumble in 2009. His 24 passes defended rank first nationally and his eight INT's are tied for second. The eight INT's set a UT single-season record, breaking the oldest standing Longhorn record after the mark of seven was set in 1940.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TEXAS HAS THE BALL
FWAA All-American Rolando McClain, the 2009 Dick Butkus Award-winner for the nation's top linebacker, led the Alabama defensive unit with 101 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss (-58 yards) and four sacks (-36 yards). He also added 14 quarterback pressures, three pass breakups, two interceptions (21 return yards) and forced one fumble.
Crimson Tide DB Mark Barron was the Tide’s second-leading tackler this season with 70 total stops. He led the SEC with 17 passes defended and seven interceptions.
Javier Arenas, who was a first-team All-SEC pick at two positions, was third on the UA team with 66 tackles this season. He was also second on the team with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss.
CFP and FWAA All-American Terrence Cody anchored an Alabama defensive front that held opponents to 77.9 rushing
yards per game, a figure that ranks second nationally.
Texas QB Colt McCoy captured the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Davey O'Brien quarterback awards, as well as the Walter Camp and Tiny Maxwell awards for player of the year. He is 330-of-468 (70.5%) passing for 3,512 yards, 27 TD's and and 12 INT's with a 147.5 passer rating. McCoy has also rushed for 348 yards and 3 TD's, well off his 2008 numbers of 561 yards and 11 TD's. McCoy ranks 3rd nationally in completion percentage and 6th in passing yards. He is the all-time winningest starting quarterback in NCAA history with 45.
Jordan Shipley is the leading target with a nation's 7th-best 1,363 yards. His 11 Td's tie for 8th nationally among all receivers.
Tre’ Newton leads Texas in rushing yards with 513, but Cody Johnson leads in rushing TD's with 12.
Leigh Tiffin is Alabama’s all-time leading scorer with 378 points. He has converted 82 field goals and 132 extra points during his 45-game career. During the 2009 season, Tiffin has connected on 29-of-33 field goal attempts and 38-of-41 PAT's. The 29 field goals established the single-season school record.
Arenas is the SEC’s all-time punt return leader in career yards with 1,733 and touchdowns with 7.
Shipley powers the return game, led by his 13 yard average per punt return and two touchdowns this season in that category. D.J. Monroe gets over 35 yards per kickoff return, returning two for scores in 2009.
Lawrence Hunter is 22-of-25 on field goals this season, including 17-of-18 between 30 and 49 yards. Justin Tucker averages 40.6 yards per punt, with a long of 60 yards and 15 placed inside the 20 yard line. He’s had six punts over 50 yards and has not had a punt blocked this season.
Record: UT, 7-0-1 • Last: Texas, 14-12 (Cotton Bowl, January 1, 1982)
Alabama (13-0, 8-0 SEC) earned its first BCS National Championship Game appearance with a 32-13 win over the Florida Gators in the 2009 SEC Championship Game... Alabama is 4-1-1 in its previous Rose Bowl appearances with its last coming in 1945. Alabama is 31-22-3 overall in bowl games to tie with USC for most bowl victories and lead the nation in bowl appearances with 57.
Texas has the second-most bowl appearances with 48 and is tied with Georgia and Tennessee for 4th-most bowl victories with 25. It won the national championship for the 2005 season in its 3rd and last bowl appearance in Pasadena with a 41-38 defeat of USC.