Last season, Oklahoma's Landry Jones and Texas' Garrett Gilbert were thrown into impossible situations. Both quarterbacks emerged from their trial by fire stronger and more focused.
Alabama's dominating defense will play a leading role, but the central figure in this appealing national championship drama is Texas QB Colt McCoy.
Nick Saban built his path to success one hit at a time. Thursday was just more of the same. Two molar-rattling tackles that will echo in Alabama lore for years to come delivered a title to the Tide.
The 2009 season had its share of surprises. From unranked Cincinnati transforming into a national title contender to Ndamukong Suh becoming a Heisman candidate, the message for the postseason is clear: Expect the unexpected.
From examining the resumes of the BCS top 8 to Halloween fashion, The Dash runs through it all.
If the Red River Rivalry was supposed to be a statement game for the nation's No. 3 team, Texas didn't state much of a case.
Are the Longhorns who we think they are? The Red River Rivalry gives Texas a shot at revenge -- and gives the nation a chance to see the Horns' true identity.
From September's lessons to October's forecasts to the coaches' corner, The Dash runs through it all.
From a poll discussion to a feud flaring up to the unbeaten but unloved, The Dash runs through it all.
The BCS road ended with another December argument. The system annually finds a new way to leave America unsatisfied, but it's always an interesting ride to that destination.
While the BCS continues to provide annual snafus, The Dash is proud to present his annual awards: The Dashies.
From real student-athletes to September superlatives to what's ahead in October, the Dash runs through it all.
From breaking down the insane Big 12 season to praise for Charlie Weis to 10 flavors of the week, the Dash runs through it all.