Tostitos BCS National Championship Game
#2 Oregon Ducks (12-0, 9-0 PAC 10) vs. #1 Auburn Tigers ( 13-0, 8-0 SEC) @ University of Phoenix Stadium on TSN, 8:00 PM ET
Line: AUB by 1
Reason to Watch: Just looking at the total for this game, one can expect a high scoring affair. Both, Auburn and Oregon have the highest scoring offense’s in the nation. Auburn is lead by the heralded and controversialQB Cam Newton. Newton, the 2010 Heisman winner, is the rudder that steers the ship for the Tigers.
Newton’s developed into a more lethal version of Tim Tebow. With one step forward, Newton can cause an entire defense to take two steps backward. With an extra linebacker or safety paying attention solely to what Newton does, allows him to find one on one coverage down field and use his very underrated arm.
For those of you who do not know much about the former Flordia Gator- turned Auburn national folk hero, Newton threw for 2589 yards, with a 67.1 completion rate with 28 TDs, along with 1409 rushing yards and 20 rushing TDs. The player for Oregon in charge of shutting down Newton will probably rely on LB Casey Matthews. Matthews ( Son of Clay Jr. and Brother of Clay III) is a very talented player, but is no match physically for Newton (Matthews 6-2, 245 vs. Newton 6-6, 250)
But if Matthews manages to do the impossible and shut down Newton, then expect Auburn to rely on freshman RB Michael Dyer. Dyer ran for 950 yards on 160 carries for 5 TDs. If Newton has a big game like everyone expects, it could really help the juniors draft stock. With Andrew Luck already declaring he’s staying another year, and no consensus no.1 pick, Newton could jump to the top of the draft a ‘la JaMarcus Russell in 2007.
Oregon, has a dynamic player of their own in LaMichael James. James, despite being suspended for a game, finished third in Heisman voting, eating up PAC 10 defense’s on the way. The 5’9 sophomore, ran for 1682 yards, averaging 6.0 ypc along with 21 rushing TDs. In his two season at Oregon, James has 3228 rushing yards and 35 TDs. Those are some serious numbers. In charge of stopping James for Auburn will be DT Nick Farley. Fairley, who’s also considered a top 10 pick in the Draft, will need to find his inner Ndamukong Suh to slow down this Oregon Ducks offense.
Auburn 46, Oregon 38