Sunday, December 5, 2010

BCS Title Game: Oregon vs. Auburn

For the past six weeks, Auburn and Oregon have been on a collision course.

Unbeaten, and mostly unchallenged, the two heavyweights will finally get a chance to determine which is the better team.

That will happen on Jan. 10 in the BCS title game in Glendale, Ariz., between the No. 1 ranked Tigers and No. 2 Oregon. While Auburn and Oregon topped the BCS rankings to secure a berth in the BCS title game, TCU finished third, Stanford fourth and Wisconsin fifth.

The rest of the BCS' final top 10 rankings: No. 6 Ohio State, No. 7 Oklahoma, No. 8 Arkansas, No. 9 Michigan State and No. 10 LSU.

The BCS title game matchup will be the first meeting between Auburn and Oregon. The Tigers (13-0) won the SEC title over South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game, while the Ducks (12-0) won the Pac-10 title outright by winning at Oregon State.

Auburn and Oregon were two of the nation's three unbeaten teams. The other was TCU.

The Horned Frogs (12-0) by virtue of their third-place ranking, and Stanford, with a No. 4 ranking, were guaranteed BCS bowl berths.

The Horned Frogs will play Big Ten champion Wisconsin (11-1) in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. The Badgers finished in a three-way tie for the Big Ten, but won the tiebreaker to play in the Rose Bowl with a higher BCS ranking than Ohio State and Michigan State.

Stanford (11-1) will play ACC champion Virginia Tech (11-2) in the Discover Orange Bowl on Jan. 3 in Miami Gardens, Fla.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl on Jan. 4 in New Orleans will pair two at-large teams: Ohio State (11-1) and Arkansas (10-2).

The final BCS bowl will pit Big 12 champion Oklahoma (10-2) against Big East champion UConn (8-4) in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz. UConn finished in a three-way tie for the Big East title, but earned the league's automatic qualifying bid with victories against Pittsburgh and West Virginia.

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