Did Alabama Deserve the Championship?
The outcome of the 2010 football championship game between Alabama and Texas has been widely disputed as an unfair victory by Alabama because of an injury to the Texas quarterback, Colt McCoy, early in the game. Did Alabama deserve the championship title?
One basic answer is that yes, Alabama played strong offense and defense so they earned the championship win. Despite the injury to Colt McCoy, some people are of the opinion that Texas did not play as well as Alabama overall so the win was deserved.
However, questionable tactics are a consideration, as some are of the opinion that Alabama’s season showed a number of injuries to the most valuable player for the opposing team. This made the Longhorns’ Colt McCoy only one of many to be knocked out of a game early to change the outcome.
Another factor in the win was the unpreparedness of Colt McCoy’s freshman backup QB Garrett Gilbert, who still managed to give Alabama a tough match-up despite his lack of experience. Gilbert is thought to have the potential to be a force to reckon with once he has more experience under his belt. Sadly, his position as backup to Colt McCoy, who had obviously had an amazing season, up until his injury in the championship game, resulted in a lack of preparation for Gilbert to face such a strong team at a pivotal moment.
People commonly note, however, that the Texas receivers also factored into the loss, with at least three vital plays failing due to missed opportunities on long balls. Regardless of whether or not Colt McCoy was throwing the passes, the receivers would have needed to bring in the pass in order for better scoring to occur.
In any level of football, the calls made by the referees are commonly noted in the success or failure of a popular team. This face-off was no exception. As disputed calls were blamed for touchdowns, Alabama claimed disputes at both the 15 second mark prior to halftime and the final touchdown of the game after the two-minute warning. Colt McCoy may have been a vital player and may have made a difference or not, but the impact of the referees on the game outcome cannot be disputed.
Others, however, feel that the Alabama defense and their conservative play in the second half had more impact on the outcome of the game than the shoulder injury suffered by Texan Colt McCoy in the first quarter.
A final factor that comes up often in the debate over Alabama’s victory, second only to the impact Colt McCoy’s passing would have had if he had been able to play a full game, is the current system used to determine the teams that face off for the championship. The current system chooses the two teams rather than having a playoff system to determine the final two teams that fight to earn the championship title. Changing this system, some say, would mean the difference between Alabama winning and two entirely different teams taking part in the championship game.