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J-Mike88 12-25-2010 11:21 AM

BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Oregon vs Auburn
 
JANUARY 10th, ESPN, 5:00 PST, Glendale, AZ

This is the Super Bowl of college football and a very intriguing matchup.

VS



CURRENT VEGAS LINE (DC does not promote gambling, although it is legal)
-Auburn by 3
-Over/Under: 74

STUDS


Auburn QB CAM NEWTON:
-If Cam Newton enters next spring's NFL draft as expected, he might be remembered as the greatest one-and-done player in college football history. The Heisman Trophy winner guided Auburn to a perfect 13-0 record, SEC championship and spot in the Jan. 10 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.

Newton became only the third player in FBS history to both run and pass for 20 touchdowns in the same season and led the country with 49 total touchdowns. He became the first player in SEC history to pass for 2,000 yards and run for 1,000 in the same season and led the country in pass efficiency (188.2 rating).
-- Mark Schlabach


Oregon RB LAMICHAEL JAMES
-What was it like trying to tackle the country's leading rusher this season? "It's like they spray cocoa butter or Pam on his jersey," UCLA defensive tackle David Carter told the Los Angeles Times. LaMichael James slipped out of a lot of tackles while running for an FBS-best 1,682 yards with 21 touchdowns this season.

The 5-foot-9 sophomore helped guide the No. 2 Ducks to a 12-0 record and Jan. 10 date against Auburn in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. James was at his best in Oregon's two biggest games, running 67 times for 496 yards with six touchdowns combined in victories over Stanford and USC.
-- Mark Schlabach


Auburn DT NICK FAIRLEY
-Over the course of the season, Auburn junior defensive tackle Nick Fairley developed a taste for wreaking havoc at the line of scrimmage and a reputation for hitting a beat after the whistle. The latter obscured the former, which is too bad, because Fairley proved impossible to contain at the point of attack as few defensive linemen ever can do.

He leads the Southeastern Conference with 21 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. The 21 quarterback hurries speak to the same ability.

Oregon will test Fairley's quickness and stamina. He will test the Ducks, too.
-- Ivan Maisel


Oregon PR CLIFF HARRIS
-Oregon sophomore Cliff Harris ended the regular season second in the nation in punt returns, averaging 19.4 yards per attempt. More important, he returned four punts for touchdowns. Two came in the opener against New Mexico, yet teams still punted to him.

None of his returns meant more than the 64-yarder for a score in the Ducks' 15-13 victory at California. He also returned an interception for a touchdown and leads the nation with 20 passes defended.

What Harris lacks in size (5-foot-11, 160 pounds) he makes up for in speed and quickness. Auburn will know just where No. 13 is.

QB's

Everyone is well aware of Cam Newton's abilities. As a rusher, he scored 20 TDs. As a passer, he threw for 2589 yards and 28 TDs.

But don't discount Ducks QB Darron Thomas.
He thre for 2518 yards and also the same amount of TDs, 28, as Newton. Thomas also only had 7 Ints, Newton 6. So comparing arms, it looks even there.

They key receivers in the game are #23 Jeff Maehl for Oregon, who led the team with 68 catches and 12 TD's. He had a 3-game stretch in the middle of the season where he went over 100 yards each game, and racked up 5 TD's on those 3 games. He scored at least one TD in 9 straight games, until their most recent game in which they won by 17 over the Beavers.

For Auburn, 6-3 Darvin Adams, #89, is the dude to watch. He led the Tigers in receiving this year with 48 catches, 909 yards and 7 TDs. He scored 10 TDs last year as well. He's dangerous.

What some people don't remember is that Auburn has had a few close scares. In addition to the miracle comeback against Alabama, they also only beat Mississippi State, Clemson, and Kentucky by 3 points each. They also allowed Arkansas to score 43 points on them.

Oregon blew everyone out with the exception of Aaron Rodgers/DeSean Jackson/Desmond Bishop/Marshawn Lynch's Cal Golden Bears.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Oregon LB CASEY MATTHEWS 6-2, 241
-Yes, Clay's younger brother so he has that bloodline.
Named one of eight semifinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy (defensive IMPACT player of the year) and one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award (nation's best linebacker)
Pac-10 co-leader with three fumble recoveries


CJSchneider 12-25-2010 12:03 PM



GO DUCKS!!!

critesy 12-25-2010 12:36 PM

i will be there!!!!!

war eagle!!

Chucky 12-25-2010 12:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by critesy (Post 2443360)
i will be there!!!!!

war eagle!!

Thats ******* awesome. Sooooo ******* jealous

critesy 12-25-2010 12:57 PM

verrrry verrrry expensive trip haha but so worth it. im so ****** excited.

Brent 12-25-2010 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by critesy (Post 2443380)
so worth it

unless, of course, they lose.

critesy 12-25-2010 02:15 PM

anytime you can get out of this -30 weather its worth it haha.

TitanHope 12-25-2010 03:20 PM

Hello. My name is TitanHope, and I am an SEC fan. So...

GO OREGON!!!

BigJohn98 12-25-2010 04:32 PM

Go Ducks!!!

RaiderNation 12-25-2010 04:50 PM

Auburn!!!!! Im just hoping for a good game and exciting plays, and this should be one of those games. Will Oregon be the first team this year to actually stop and contain Cameron Newton? Can Auburn keep up with LaMichael James and Oregons fast pace offence?

My prediction: 34-27 Auburn

49erNation85 12-25-2010 04:51 PM

Yup even thought I am a Florida fan and SEC follower. LETS GO DUCKS .Gotta route for the home area team ! If they can stop Newton games over .Oh by the way , I like your lay out and coverage of this event first post .

MidwayMonster31 12-25-2010 05:34 PM

Clearly Auburn is more battle tested than Oregon with the teams that they have faced. Both coaches have plenty of time to prepare for all of the things they will throw at each other. The interesting thing is that both teams have the same weaknesses. Auburn can get beat down the field and Oregon is not a passing team.
I think Auburn wins by controlling the line of scrimmage. I think that Antoine Carter will have a huge game with the Ducks focused on Nick Fairley. There will still be a lot of big plays though.
Auburn 42
Oregon 31

BeerBaron 12-25-2010 05:50 PM

I think if Auburn wins, it will be in a close but high scoring game.

If Oregon wins, I think it will be more likely to be a blowout by them.

Should be ridiculously exciting to watch either way.

SickwithIt1010 12-25-2010 07:08 PM

Got 2 teammates from high school playin for the ducks! So im rootin for them!

Just hopin for a good game though!

42-38 UO

RealityCheck 12-25-2010 10:02 PM

I'm rooting for TCU.




I don't care if they aren't in the game, but I'm still rooting for them.

soybean 12-26-2010 03:00 AM

My heart says Oregon but my brain says Auburn.

Cigaro 12-26-2010 10:22 AM

Yay Ducks!

Razor 12-26-2010 10:29 AM


JHL6719 12-26-2010 10:31 AM

If you've been betting against the SEC in these national title games, obviously you haven't been liking the outcome... I don't see this one being any different.

I'll take Auburn in a 45-31 shootout.

Oh..and the over ;^)

RealityCheck 12-26-2010 10:35 AM

Serious talk now, I'm going Auburn. I may hate the SEC but I really don't feel Oregon winning the title. However, if they win I won't be mad.

My guess is 37-28 for the Tigers.

J-Mike88 12-28-2010 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RealityCheck (Post 2444046)
Serious talk now, I'm going Auburn. I may hate the SEC but I really don't feel Oregon winning the title. However, if they win I won't be mad.

My guess is 37-28 for the Tigers.

I pretty much agree, but will be rooting for us both to be wrong.

GO DUCKS

gpngc 12-28-2010 02:56 PM

I don't understand how this line is only 3.

I'm thinking of taking it before it goes any higher...

I don't see how Oregon stops the Auburn rushing attack to force a punt more than twice.

Whereas I can see Auburn stifling the spread running game of Oregon and forcing Thomas into 2nd and 3rd and longs... their secondary is weak, but they are bound to make some plays by getting after him...?

How have SEC teams fared against speed-based spread teams in past bowl games?

BeerBaron 12-28-2010 03:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gpngc (Post 2448189)
How have SEC teams fared against speed-based spread teams in past bowl games?

Ole Miss beat OK State last year
Alabama beat Texas last year
Ole Miss beat Texas Tech 2 years ago
Florida beat Oklahoma 2 years ago
Georgie destroyed Hawaii 3 years ago
Ok State beat Alabama 4 years ago
South Carolina beat Houston 4 years ago

SEC is 6-1 in the last 4 years in games I looked up vs. opposing spread/pass heavy offenses.

gpngc 12-28-2010 03:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BeerBaron (Post 2448214)
Ole Miss beat OK State last year
Alabama beat Texas last year
Ole Miss beat Texas Tech 2 years ago
Florida beat Oklahoma 2 years ago
Georgie destroyed Hawaii 3 years ago
Ok State beat Alabama 4 years ago
South Carolina beat Houston 4 years ago

SEC is 6-1 in the last 4 years in games I looked up vs. opposing spread/pass heavy offenses.

So... we should play before it goes up to 3.5 or 4 is what you're saying?

J-Mike88 12-28-2010 09:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gpngc (Post 2448215)
So... we should play before it goes up to 3.5 or 4 is what you're saying?

Yes, take Auburn before the line jumps up!


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