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The skinny: For only the second time in the last five seasons, we’re guaranteed to have an undefeated National Champion. The general consensus is that this game is likely to be a shootout, and we’d have to agree. Indeed, the team that has the ball last may have a big advantage.
Despite Cam Newton’s off field issues, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback has spearheaded Auburn’s charge to the BCS title game by throwing for 28 touchdown passes while running for 20 more. As if that wasn’t scary enough for opposing defenses, Auburn averages 6.2 YPC on the ground.
The Tigers have had their fair share of close calls against teams like Mississippi State, Clemson, and Kentucky, but they’ve ultimately answered the bell en route to their 13-0 record.
Behind the dynamic running style of LaMichael James, Oregon has averaged an astounding 49.3 points per game on the way to a 12-0 mark. At 1,682 yards, James is averaging 6.0 YPC and has scored a total of 22 touchdowns. The Ducks’ only speed bump was a tense 15-13 victory at California on Nov. 13.
The Verdict: Overall, Auburn has played the much tougher schedule and has gotten through SEC play with an unblemished record, an impressive feat by any measure. Oregon probably hasn’t faced a team half as good as Auburn all season. Auburn pulls away in the fourth quarter for a 45-31 victory.