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Colt McCoy's 'check' match

Updated: January 4, 2010, 9:44 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman

Here are this week's most compelling storylines:

  1. The BCS title game: This matchup is ripe with talking points on both the micro and macro levels. Start with the goofiness of the supposed "Heisman jinx" -- Bama's Mark Ingram won the award; Texas' Colt McCoy did not. Last time there was a similar scenario at the Rose Bowl for a title game, that dynamic worked out pretty well for UT when the Horns knocked off Reggie Bush's USC Trojans. As in that game, Texas will be seen as a big underdog. Many experts are predicting a Bama romp.

    There's also the sideline subplots of former Nick Saban assistants Will Muschamp and Major Applewhite now working for Mack Brown. Oh, and there's also the note about how Brown just got a big raise -- up to $5 million per year -- and many Bama fans are thinking that Saban is thus a big bargain.

    A lot will be made about whether the embattled Texas O-line (it sank to the realm of, um, embattledom after being demolished by Ndamukong Suh and Nebraska) can hold up against the salty Bama D. It's a very intriguing subject given that Saban's crew swarmed another mobile quarterback (Tim Tebow) in the SEC title game and didn't allow him to get outside the pocket. That is something Saban's defense also hopes to do against McCoy. Obviously, that's big pressure on that veteran O-line but also on McCoy. Bama LB Rolando McClain made an interesting observation about the UT offense over the weekend:

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