BCS Championship Game 2011: Auburn and Oregon a Comprehensive Comparison

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BCS Championship Game 2011: Auburn and Oregon a Comprehensive Comparison
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For Auburn fans, the time is finally drawing near.

The media is over run with misinformation and myths about Auburn and Oregon. After waiting and collecting every tidbit of information available on the preparation for this game, it is time to share some information.

 

Physical Conditioning

Few Auburn fans were concerned with physical conditioning, but some uneducated or misinformed media types predicted this to be a problem. To prepare for this game the Auburn scout team has pushed the tempo well past any possible on the game field.

There has been no real information on the play count, but it has been well in excess of the speed that Oregon has ever operated in a game. The players not participating in the play were often engaged in cardio training on the sideline while waiting to rotate in. There is no chance that any game pace will surprise the Auburn defense.

The Auburn offense started bowl preparation with a practice that showed negative effects of the time off. Since that time, they have steadily progressed back into and beyond the efficient execution Auburn fans last witnessed in the SEC Championship game.

Win or lose, Auburn fans can expect the best effort from their team. This is not a team that will show up intimidated or ill prepared. The many rumors of doom for the team are simply false.

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Cameron Newton has continued to progress and improve. The extra practice time and off time has given him time to heal and work on more efficient execution. It is possible that he might have a bad day, but a bad day of the current Cameron Newton is better than a great day for the Cameron Newton that started the year.

Oregon is a team in excellent cardiovascular condition, but they are not immune to the type of physical wear and tear that they will face in this game. In games where this Oregon team faced a somewhat physically dominant offense, their defense broke down to a large degree. Their physical conditioning program does not offer a solution to this aspect of the upcoming game.

Oregon has not faced an offense as physical as that of Auburn. While Stanford was a physical offense, they lacked the offensive depth and speed necessary to take advantage of the slowing Oregon defense in the final two quarters of that game.

 

Outlook

Auburn has done an exceptional job of preparing for anything Oregon has executed on the field in the last two years. They are as prepared on defense as they can be for what is ahead.

The unknown is the preparation by the Oregon team. The Oregon staff made the assessment that Oregon would be best served by adding some new wrinkles for this game. By many accounts, they spent an entire week putting in some new surprises for this occasion.

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Fans can expect Oregon to come out crisp and refreshed. They will not be conservative and shall attack from the first play. They will execute some plays that are unexpected and will take some risk in an attempt to pull ahead early. There could be some very big plays early in this game if these plans work.

The Auburn offense is executing as well or better than it has all season. It is unlikely that fans will see anything that they have not previously witnessed this season. Auburn will come out and attack with power and precision. It is very likely that the scheme will be balanced in nature.

 

Points

Auburn fans should now realize that the schedule faced this year might not have been as difficult as some imagined. After watching South Carolina’s poor performance against Florida State and Georgia’s pathetic performance against Central Florida, it should be apparent that some teams on the schedule were well over rated.

Oregon fans should now realize exactly how good the defenses Auburn has faced have been. Both Florida State and Central Florida were held well below their seasonal offense output in these games. Auburn had few offensive problems with either team.

Auburn fans should realize that Oregon’s defense held Washington to 263 total yards late in the season. This was the same Washington team that just put up 340 yards in a dominant defeat of Nebraska. Nebraska was ranked 10 in total defense in the nation this year.

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Interesting Statistics Side by Side

(Season Totals for Both Teams 13 games for Auburn, 12 games for Oregon)

Statistic

Auburn 

Oregon 

Passing Attempts

261 plays

354 plays

Passing Yards

2737 yards

2804 yards

Passing Touchdowns

29

29

Completion Percentage

66.67 percent

62.14 percent

Yards Gained Per Attempt

10.49 yards

7.92 yards

Pass Plays Defended Total

474 plays

454 plays

Pass Completions Allowed

297 plays

243 plays

Completion Percentage Allowed

62.7 percent

53.5 percent

Passing Yards Allowed

3256 yards

2568 yards

Yards Allowed Per Attempt

6.87 yards

5.66 yards

Passing Touchdowns Allowed

15

13

 

 

 

Rushing Attempts

602 plays

597 plays

Rushing Yards

3733 yards

3646 yards

Rushing Touchdowns

41

42

Yards Per Attempt Rushing

6.2 yards

6.11 yards

Rushing Attempts Defended

416 plays

424 plays

Total Rushing Yards Allowed

1452 yards

1411 yards

Yards Allowed Per Play

3.49 yards

3.33 yards

Rushing Touchdowns Allowed

16

11

 

 

 

Total Offensive Plays

863 plays

951 plays

Total Offensive Yards

6470 yards

6450 yards

Average Yards Per Play

7.5 yards

6.78 yards

Touchdowns Total

73

79

 

 

 

Punt Returns Total Plays

22 plays

37 plays

Punt Returns Average

6.18 yards

18.19 yards

Punt Returns Touchdowns

0

5

Punt Returns Total Yards

136 yards

673 yards

Total Punts

37

38

Average Punt

37.5 yards

42.5 yards

Punt Returns Allowed

8

12

Punt Return Yardage Allowed Total

44

110

Punt Return Touchdowns Allowed Total

0

0

Average Return Allowed

5.5 yards

9.17 yards

 

 

 

Kick Returns Total

58 plays

42 plays

Kick Returns Yardage Total

1390 yards

919 yards

Average Per Return

23.97 yards

21.88 yards

Touchdowns

1

0

Total Kick Returns Defended

86

90

Kick Return Yards Allowed

1707 yards

1740 yards

Average Return Allowed

19.85 yards

19.33 yards

Touchdowns Allowed

1

0

 

 

 

Penalties Total Yards

698 yards

761 yards

Penalties Total

74

87

 

 

 

Third Down Conversions

77 plays

78 plays

Third Down Totals

145 plays

170 plays

Third Down Conversion Percentage Successful

53.1 percent

45.88 percent

Third Down Conversions Allowed

63 plays

65 plays

Third Downs Defended

168 plays

194 plays

Percentage Successfully Defended

62.5 percent

66.49 percent

 

 

 

Fumbles Lost

9

15

Interceptions Thrown

6

7

Passes Intercepted

10

20

Fumbles Recovered

10

15

 

 

 

Tackles For Loss

88

90

Tackles For Loss Allowed

67

68

 

 

 

Sacks

33

31

Sacks Allowed

21

8

 

 

 

First Downs Gained

316

322

First Downs Allowed

276

227

 

 

 

Time of Possession

29:01 minutes

27:59 minutes

 

 

 

Red Zone Offense Percentage

87 Percent

84 percent

Red Zone Pass Touchdowns

15

12

Red Zone Rush Touchdowns

29

30

Red Zone Field Goals

11

11

Red Zone Passing Touchdowns Allowed

10

9

Red Zone Rushing Touchdowns Allowed

15

8

Red Zone Field Goals Allowed

10

8

 

 

 

Scoring Offense

555 points

592 points

Touchdowns Total

73

79

Field Goals Total

15

12

Scoring Defense

318 points

221 points

Touchdowns Allowed

40

25

Field Goals Allowed

13

15

 

 

 

Fourth Down Conversion Percentage

71.43 percent

64.52 percent

Fourth Down Conversion Percentage Allowed.

43.83 percent

23.81 percent

 

It is likely fans of both teams will be surprised at how closely matched they are statistically. So much has been hyped on certain perceived advantages. There is nothing in the statistics that points to any huge advantage in any area.

Auburn has been maligned for their poor pass defense though they have allowed only two more passing touchdowns in 13 games than Oregon has in 12 games. Although Auburn’s rushing defense has been hyped as better, it has allowed five more touchdowns in 13 games than Oregon’s has in 12.

Hopefully this article and this previous article dealing with a comparison of the two teams against quality competition will provide fans with a good general knowledge base going into this game. 

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