The Fight Hunger.com bowls, the Humanitarian bowls and the Poulan Weedeater bowls (well, that last one is now defunct but it remains our favorite bowl game name) are all behind us and with a mere four weeks before pitchers and catchers report for spring training we've finally arrived at the big one where the two best teams in college football, Auburn and Oregon, will square off for the big prize.
But before we get to any trenchant analysis, Spencer Hall tweets:
The sponsor for the game is the University of Phoenix, the online university whose football program doesn't exist. When it does, though, they'll still have higher academic standards than Auburn.
That's really taking an unfair crack at Phoenix University, don't you think?
Something to watch for during the game:
Former Florida Gator head coach, Urban Meyer, opines that if Auburn only had a week to prepare for Oregon, he would take Oregon. However, with 36 days to prepare for the Ducks, he is leaning towards Auburn.
So, why isn't he applying the same logic to Oregon's defense with respect to preparing for Auburn's version of the zone-read spread offense? Cam Newton of Auburn makes far fewer decisions in Auburn's offense than does his counterpart, Darron Thomas of Oregon. Less decision-making = fewer options/wrinkles in the Auburn attack and thus less prep time is required for Oregon's D. It is indeed the Cam Newton show (See Cam run! See Cam throw!) with the Tigers and Meyer believes the relative simplicity of Auburn's offense compared to that of Oregon's combined with the time to prepare for it will be the difference in tonight's game.
Now, having said all that we hate to disagree with the Coach but we like Oregon getting 2-1/2 pts. (down from 3-1/2 a couple of weeks ago). In fact, we like Oregon winning outright, 35-30, for their first BCS championship.
Enjoy the game everybody.