McCoy, Davis, McClain and others on the spot  

January, 6, 2010

I wanted to do a top-10 list (my normal Wednesday focus) this week on the 10 guys most on the spot -- i.e., in need of a big performance -- in the BCS Championship Game on Thursday night. Let's get to it:

1. Colt McCoy, Texas QB:

I wrote about this somewhat on Monday. I don't think McCoy needs to be as spectacular as Vince Young was the last time Texas played at the Rose Bowl, but he needs to be just as sharp and unflappable because he'll face a much better defense than Young did. Bama, despite playing a bunch of Top 25 teams this season, is in the top two in the nation in almost all the vital defensive stats: scoring D, run D, pass-efficiency D and total D. McCoy probably will see more pressure than he's seen in any game in his career, and it will come from all angles. How he copes -- and perhaps takes advantage of it -- is the biggest factor in this game.

2. Greg Davis, Texas offensive coordinator:

Matching wits with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban is a rough task for anyone, but given the struggles that UT's offense had in its last game against Nebraska, Davis is really, really under the gun to find ways to bail out his embattled offensive line. It will be crucial for Davis to come up with solutions for his offense to have success on first downs so that it can avoid second-and-long situations. He also must try to get Bama on its heels, something no one really has been able to do all season. For another take, read this article from Football Outsiders.