SI.com: The battle for BCS champion: Auburn vs. Oregon
December 6th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

SI.com: The battle for BCS champion: Auburn vs. Oregon

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your 2010 BCS Championship contenders: Auburn and Oregon. For the first time in BCS history the SEC will battle against the Pac-10 for the title, pitting, as SI.com’s Stew Mandel explains, “’Big Boy’ Southern football and West Coast ‘finesse,’ superior SEC defenses and glitzy Pac-10 offenses.”

While an SEC vs. any other team in the country matchup is far from a surprise, the fact that Oregon and Auburn are the teams left standing in college football’s crown jewel of bowls is a refreshing change. Come Jan. 10, we’re not going to be watching USC-Texas or Ohio State-Florida. Instead it’ll be two teams, that were traditionally second-best in their particular conferences, who dominated throughout the season and will battle in what is guaranteed to be a hard-fought, incredibly even matched showdown. And leading the charge for Auburn: Cam Newton.

All eyes will be on the standout quarterback whose performances this year rival the best seasons of Vince Young and Tim Tebow during their formative college careers. As one of the greatest college QBs in recent history and the frontrunner for this year’s Heisman, Newton is guaranteed to attract considerable attention in this year’s BCS championship and might even be able to draw in fans who wouldn’t normally tune into a Tigers-Ducks face-off.

Up tonight: A Monday Night Football matchup with two of the league’s most talked about teams:

New England Patriots vs. New York Jets (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) – Tied 9-2, the Patriots and Jets will battle it out for the NFL’s best record this season tonight. While Tom Brady is one of football’s best QBs and will certainly give the Jets trouble, look for Mark Sanchez to try to capitalize on the Pats’ shaky defense.

By The Numbers

$126 million – amount the Washington Nationals have agreed to shell out for right fielder Jayson Werth in a newly announced seven-year contract. Werth hit .296 in 2010 with 27 home runs and 85 RBIs.

1985 – The last year that Auburn was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press college football poll – before Sunday, of course. After their overwhelming win in the Southeastern Conference championship game, Auburn reached number 1 in the poll, taking the top spot away from Oregon.

6 – Number of consecutive games the Atlanta Falcons have won after their 28-24 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The win helped the Falcons retain their first-place in the NFC South.

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  1. Mmmmm

    Alright! I rootin and tootin for the Oreo's

    December 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Meatwad

      I want me some presents. I've been a good boy for the first quarter and most of the second quarter of this year.

      December 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Ok wadhead, you have not been good! Not even for 1/2 the year? You get a two lumps of coal: one for each quarter you were bad. No mistletoe kisses or game TV either!

      December 6, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ed Bailey

    Thank the angel moroni that that utard,opps,utah team ain't there!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |