Alabama and Texas get to play in a national title game. For Texas Christian, Cincinnati and Boise State, the math doesn't quite add up, but they still get spots in BCS bowls.

The quirky, often imperfect method of choosing a national champion succeeded yesterday in matching top-ranked Alabama against No. 2 Texas in the BCS championship - a Jan. 7 game between undefeated teams that will bring together Heisman Trophy hopefuls Colt McCoy of the Longhorns and Mark Ingram of the Crimson Tide.

And, of course, it also produced plenty for the little guys to get upset about.

No. 3 Texas Christian, No. 4 Cincinnati, and No. 6 Boise State also finished undefeated. All three were included in the BCS, but none will play for the title, which will renew the annual debate about college football's way of determining the best team in the land.

Seeking its first national title since 1992, Alabama opens as a three-point favorite for the game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

The other BCS matchups: Oregon against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl; Iowa against Georgia Tech in the Orange; Florida against Cincinnati in the Sugar and Texas Christian against Boise State in the Fiesta.

The Longhorns (13-0) have been on both sides of the BCS debate in the past.

Just last year, their chances for a national title were squashed when they lost a three-way tiebreaker for the Big Twelve South title.

This time around, Texas defeated Nebraska, 13-12, in the Big Twelve title game Saturday to secure its spot in the national championship.

Texas Christian was ranked 17th in the preseason polls and never really had a chance to rise above the bigger, more traditionally ranked programs.