No. 1 Alabama will play No. 2 Texas in the BCS national championship game, a second straight Southeastern Conference vs. Big 12 matchup to decide the title.
Texas (13-0) struggled to beat Nebraska in the Big 12 championship game Saturday night. That 13-12 victory left just a little doubt about whether the unbeaten Longhorns would indeed earn a trip to Pasadena, Calif., for the Jan. 7 title game.
But Texas moved into second-place in the Bowl Championship Series standings as expected and will play Alabama for the first time since the 1982 Cotton Bowl.
The Longhorns are 7-0-1 against the Crimson Tide.
Alabama (13-0) cruised into the national title game, winning the SEC championship with a 32-13 victory against defending national champion Florida.