Former Heisman Trophy winner and All-Pro wide receiver Tim Brown has been bringing his football expertise into your living room all season long at Betflix, giving you his BCS National Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns.
In the game, Brown likes Alabama. As he mentioned, for Alabama, it starts with their No. 1 ranked defense, which allowed just 11 points per game this year.
It is a defense that is led by several All-Americans, including Butkus award winner Rolando McClain, and is a group which did an excellent job of shutting down Tim Tebow and the high-scoring Florida offense in the SEC Championship game. In the game, Florida, a team which was averaging over 30 points per contest coming in, was held to just 13 by Alabama’s aggressive defensive attack. The Crimson Tide also ranked second in college football in total defense, allowing just 241 yards per game, as well as second in run defense as well.
Brown also believes that Alabama’s offense is due for its biggest game of the year. He cites Heisman Trophy winning running back Mark Ingram as the biggest difference in this game. Ingram finished the season rushing for 1542 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his analysis of this game, Brown compares Ingram’s skill at running back to one of the all-time greats, former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith.
After hearing Brown’s analysis of this game, it’s hard to disagree with the former Notre Dame All-American, Alabama will win this game.
Alabama is a team which got better in every game it played, finishing 13-0 in the rugged SEC. Included in those 13 wins, were a staggering nine against bowl teams, with six of those victories coming by double-digits. And not only were they the only team to beat Florida in 2009, but as we mentioned before, they did so in dominating fashion.
The biggest key for Alabama that Brown didn’t have time to mention, is the continued development of quarterback Greg McElroy. The redshirt junior came into this season having never started a game in Tuscaloosa, and obviously went undefeated in his first year replacing the departed John Parker Wilson.
McElroy got better as the season went on as well, throwing for eight touchdowns and just one interception in his last five games. He also completed over 66 percent of his passes in the last two wins, victories over Auburn and Florida, both winners this bowl season.
Alabama is the favorite, and our expert Tim Brown likes the Tide to win comfortably. To get insight from the former NFL superstar on all of this week’s football action, including his thoughts on the NFL playoff betting odds, be sure to visit Tim Brown in the BetFlix film room.