Auburn vs. Oregon Football: Tigers Prove Money Can't Buy BCS Championship

Ezra AmacherContributor IIIJanuary 11, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates the Tigers 22-19 victory against the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Now I'm sure dozens or more professional and amateur sports writers are writing about this game, so I want to use a different approach in my recap.

At the beginning of the BCS National Championship Game, I was rooting for Oregon, the representative of the Pac-10 Conference.

But as the game wore on, I felt myself rooting more and more for Auburn, "the Good Guys."

Auburn tonight proved that money cannot by a BCS National Championship win. Even after Nike owner Phil Knight gave $300+ million to Oregon athletics, it was not quite enough to stop Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers.

The game as a whole didn't really live up to the hype, but it did have a remarkable finish. Heisman winner Newton led Auburn all the way to the one-yard line before taking a knee to run out the clock until only two seconds remained in the game.

Wes Byrum then kicked the championship-winning field goal as time expired, and the War Eagles are now celebrating a much-deserved national championship.

Auburn was the favorite in this game but to many, myself included, it was actually the underdog.

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The Tigers were not the ones who had a billionaire sugar daddy handing them everything they desired. Although their facilities are probably just as good as the ones in Eugene, Auburn is not the university immediately affiliated with one of the largest clothing brands in the world.

They don't have the shiny jerseys that everyone makes such a big deal about (I happen to like Auburn's traditional Under Armour uniforms more) or the flashy offense of Oregon.

Auburn's win tonight should be celebrated not only in the state of Alabama and SEC towns, but in the whole country. Auburn dethroned the Mighty Ducks of Oregon and proved once and for all that it is the best team in the nation, even though some people in Texas might not think so.

But most of all, Auburn proved that money doesn't buy 2011 BCS Championship rings. I know some of you will say that Cam Newton was paid to play at Auburn but in truth, he wasn't. According to people who actually investigated what happened, Newton had no knowledge of his father's actions.

There is no denying that Oregon wouldn't be in this game if it weren't for the donations of Phil Knight. Am I saying Auburn is more deserving of playing in the national title game? Not necessarily, but I am saying that it's a relief to know that a school who had everything handed to it by the co-founder and Chairman of Nike didn't win the championship.

Today is a great day for Auburn and SEC fans, and a setback for Oregon and Pac-10 fans. When it was all said and done, the good guys won the big game, and I hope you feel the same way.

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