About 5 minutes after the game, the ESPN crew was talking about how Alabama played its game, with defense, no turnovers, few penalties and a strong running game. That's true, if you ignore the 1st quarter, when Alabama failed to convert a fake punt after taking the ball to start the game, and then botched the kickoff return after Texas scored a FG. I predict that the news reports tomorrow will go one step further and beat the dead and rotting horse that the Tide won this game because of the superior speed of the SEC.
Who is ready for 9 months of that drumbeat? People in my office were honestly saying Bama has a speed advantage over Texas. Mark my words, that is going to be a theme of the coverage of this win, despite the fact that Texas can go toe to toe with any team in the country in terms of elite speed.