Look, predicting games is iffy, which is why you probably shouldn’t do it. It makes you look kind of dumb as an “analyst.” However, if you’re going to undertake this task don’t undercut your own fucking reason for the prediction like this:
No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 2 Texas — the first-ever BCS Championship clash of 13-0 teams — seems to warrant some grandiose, hyperbolic, “Game of the Century”-type nickname.
How about the Anticlimax Bowl? Or The Granddaddy of All Mismatches? Perhaps you prefer “Pointless in Pasadena?”
While it’s true one should never assume anything when predicting a national championship matchup (see Ohio State-Miami, Texas-USC and Florida-Ohio State), it’s hard to imagine two teams entering a title game having inspired such disparate degrees of confidence in their final regular-season games.
While it’s true one should never assume that Mandel will not refute his own point, it’s hard to imagine he would follow that up with this:
The Crimson Tide come in having annihilated defending national champion and top-ranked Florida in what was supposed to be an epic SEC Championship Game. The Longhorns, on the other hand, needed the Mother of all Miracles to survive the same Nebraska team that once lost 9-7 to Iowa State in what was supposed to be a Big 12 Championship blowout.
You see the problem? Do I need to spell it out? I’ll give you a hint: neither one of those games went the way they were supposed to.
Basing my pick on the outcome of those two games I predict that Texas will win 123-4.