Alabama will bring a lineup powered by a record number of Associated Press All-Americas to the national championship game.
Six players on the top-ranked Crimson Tide, including Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, made AP All-America team released yesterday.
Ingram was a unanimous choice, as was linebacker Rolando McClain. Defensive tackle Terrence Cody was voted to the team for the second consecutive season. Cornerback Javier Arenas, guard Michael Johnson and kicker Leigh Tiffin also were on the squad.
Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, the Heisman runner-up, and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, fourth in Heisman voting, were also unanimous first-team All-Americas.
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was the All-America quarterback, selected to the first team by a panel of 14 AP college football poll voters. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow was a second-team choice. Boise State's Kellen Moore was the third-team quarterback.
McCoy finished third in the Heisman voting last weekend and was a second-team All-American last year. The senior was joined by his longtime pal and favorite receiver, Jordan Shipley, on the first team. Texas safety Earl Thomas gave the Longhorns three players on the first team, second only to Alabama.
The Crimson Tide and Longhorns play in the BCS national championship game at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7.
The tackles were Oklahoma State's Russell Okung and Oklahoma's Trent Williams. Baylor's J.D. Walton was the center. Completing the offensive line was Idaho guard Mike Iuapti.
Notre Dame receiver Golden Tate and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, selected as an all-purpose player, round out the offense.
* The closest vote in Heisman Trophy history drew a record television audience for the announcement ceremony. ESPN's telecast Saturday averaged a 4.1 rating, up 32 percent from the previous high of 3.1 set the last 2 years and in 2002. Alabama tailback Mark Ingram finished just 28 points ahead of Stanford's Toby Gerhart.
* Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said the conference is going to explore options over the next 12 to 18 months for expanding the league. The league's presidents and chancellors decided this month that the timing is right to study adding a 12th school.
* Some University of Texas faculty question whether football coach Mack Brown is worth $5 million annually when the school faces tough budget choices.