U.S. Senators Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) today announced a friendly wager on the outcome of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) College Football National Championship Game, which pits the #1-ranked University of Alabama Crimson Tide against the #2-ranked University of Texas Longhorns. Senator Shelby wagered a whole smoked turkey from Bates Turkey Farm in Fort Deposit, Alabama, that the Crimson Tide would bring home the championship. Senator Hutchison wagered a whole Greenberg smoked turkey from Tyler, Texas, that the Longhorns would take the title. Shelby and Hutchison issued the following statements on the wager and the game:
“This is a tremendous matchup between two of college football’s most storied programs,” said Shelby. “Coach Saban and Coach Brown deserve enormous credit for leading their respective teams to undefeated seasons and earning the right to contend for the national title. I know that Coach Saban will have the Crimson Tide fully prepared to compete with determination and represent the University of Alabama with class. I am pleased to enter into this friendly wager on the game with my colleague and friend, Sen. Hutchison, and I look forward to supporting the University of Alabama in Pasadena.”
“I am thrilled about Thursday night’s National Championship game between the Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide,” Senator Hutchison said. “Both teams have legendary programs, undefeated records, numerous All-Americans, and two of the best players in college football in Colt McCoy and Mark Ingram. I congratulate Coaches Mack Brown and Nick Saban on their extraordinary achievements this season and wish them both good luck in what is sure to be an exciting and memorable National Championship game. I’m also excited about my friendly wager with my colleague and good friend Senator Shelby of Alabama. I’ll be cheering for my Longhorns in Pasadena and looking forward to them bringing home their second national championship in five years!”
The BCS National Championship Game will take place at 8:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 7, 2010, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The University of Alabama (13-0) is vying for its 13th college football national championship title, its last coming in the 1992 season. The University of Texas (13-0) is seeking its fifth college football championship title, its most recent coming in the 2005 season. Shelby holds an undergraduate and law degree from the University of Alabama. Hutchison received her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Texas.