College Football Notes: Auburn and Oregon To Be Offensive, Big Ten Names, More
Don’t watch Oregon and Auburn for the defense…but the offense should be incredible.
Have you heard that Auburn and Oregon will play for the national title yet? If you are a fan of offensive football, this is a game you will really enjoy. If you like your football with a little defense mixed in, well, not so much.
Oregon averages 537 yards of offense per game. Auburn generates 497 yards per game. Duck fans love the 49 points per game Oregon puts on the scoreboard, while Tiger fans have seen Auburn average 42 per contest.
Oregon has scored 46 points before in a national title game. It was 1939 when the Ducks took down Ohio State. In basketball.
On defense, Auburn has a great defensive player in Nick Fairley on the line. The Tigers give up 362 yards per game and rank 54th in the nation for total defense. Two-hundred-and-fifty of these come through the pass, where the Tigers rank 105th.
Oregon fairs a little better on defense, giving up just 331 yards per game. Other teams only score an average of 18 points per game, which is pretty solid. By comparison, Auburn allows its opponents 24 points per game.
The knock on the Duck defense? It has only faced two teams with an offense in the nation’s top 25 for total yards (Stanford at 14th and Arizona at 23rd).
Expect lots of offense from the Ducks and Tigers.
Florida’s timing of all its announcements the last few weeks was just a strange coincidence.
Florida football did not mean to take away anything from the Heisman trophy presentation to former, now Auburn, QB Cam Newton. No. It was all the result of bad timing. The Gator’s administration had no choice. Why? Someone might break the news regarding new head coach Will Muschamp before they did. It had nothing to do with sour grapes.
When Urban Meyer announced he was stepping down just hours before the Home Depot awards show, why, that was just a coincidence as well. None of this has anything to do with Newton having left Florida and heading elsewhere to win the Heisman.
Big Ten lesson one. Ignore what the marketing firm says about the names for the new divisions.
Have you seen the news out of the Big Ten? It has created its two divisions, and so far the initial reaction is not indicating they hit a home run with the Legends and Leaders division titles.
In the Legends division will be: Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Northwestern
The Leaders division members are: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin.
So far, the reaction to the new names has been a big “really?” from fans and media. The traditional directional or geographic designation titles used by other conferences were just not quite right it seems for the Big Ten.
One thing the conference did get right was naming its football championship trophy after genuine legends.
Teams will play for the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. Joe Paterno is the all-time wins leader in major college football and the current Penn State football coach. Amos Alonzo Stagg is one of college football's great innovators as a coach and was named to the first All-American team in 1889 as a player at Yale.
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