A closer look: Mack Brown vs. Nick Saban

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Who’s the coach of the decade in college football?

Pete Carroll could make a claim. So could Urban Meyer.

Don’t forget, though, about the winning coaching Thursday in the Citi BCS National Championship Game.

If Texas wins, that would be Mack Brown’s second national title in the last five years and his fourth BCS bowl victory this decade. Brown’s first national title came in 2005 in the epic showdown with Southern California.

If Alabama wins, Nick Saban would become the first coach in the AP poll era (since 1936) to win a national championship at two different schools -- both this decade. He also won one at LSU in 2003.