Auburn-Oregon: The game (almost) everybody wants to see

I’m sure they are doing a little fuming this morning in Fort Worth, Tex. And to me this would have been a goood year to have a four-team playoff with 1. Auburn vs.  No. 4 Wiscinson or Stanford and No 2 Oregon vs. No 3 TCU. The two semifinal games would have been played on New Year’s Day. It woild give us a more satisfying post-season because a team like TCU would get its shot.

People always ask me how these pairings get made. And believe it or not there is a selection proccess and it goes like this:

**–Auburn and Oregon are chosen as the top two teams to play for the BCS championship.

**–The two bowls which lost their designated conference championships (SEC, Pac-10) go to the front of the line and get to “replace” the teams they lost. The Sugar (SEC champ) picked first and replaced Auburn with Arkansas (10-2), the highest rated remaining SEC team. The Rose (which lost Oregon to the big game) had to take TCU (instead of Stanford)  as a replacement team because the new BCS contract stipulates that it had to take a non-AQ champion if  one was qualified.

**–Then the other conference champs were placed in their designated bowls: Big 12 champ Oklahoma goes to the Fiesta; ACC champ Virginia Tech goes to Orange; Big Ten champ Wisconsin goes to the Rose. The Big East has no designated conference.

So now the BCS championship game is full (Auburn-Oregon) and the Rose Bowl is full (TCU-Wisconsin) and the other conference champs have been put in place. Now the selection order begins to fill the final holes. That order, which is determined before the season is: Sugar, Orange, Fiesta.

The Sugar Bowl looks at 11-1 Ohio State, whose only lost is to Wisconsin, and that’s a no brainer. A quarterback battle featuring Ryan Mallett of Arkansas and Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State? Yeah,  I believe people will watch that.

The Orange already has Virginia Tech, which has won 11 straight. If West Virginia had won the Big East there would have been a discusssion about taking the Mountaineers because of the way they travel. But matching up Tech QB Tyrod Taylor and Stanford’s Andrew Luck will be a big time event that fans will watch.

Fiesta: The four at-large picks (TCU, Ohio State, Arkansas, Stanford) are gone, leaving the Fiesta with UConn, the Big East champ, to play Oklahoma. The Huskies have one of the better running backs in the country in Jordan Todman (No. 2 rusher behind Oregon’s LaMichael James. Plus remember that UConn has not been playing Division I-A football very long.  Randy Edsall is one of the more underated coaches in college football. Edsall had to guide his team through the tragedy last season when teammate Jasper Howard was murdered. There will be good story lines for this game.

So we have:

Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. UConn

Orange: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford

Sugar: Arkansas vs. Ohio State

Rose: Wisconsin vs. TCU

BCS: Auburn vs. Oregon.

Personally I would have preffered Wisconsin and Stanford in the Rose and TCU vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange. But the rest of the BCS bowls look good to me.

We will certainly write more about the big game later in the month. But what do you think of the matchups? What would be some better matchups?

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682 comments Add your comment

TechMan91

December 6th, 2010
8:36 am

First! Suk it mutters

TechMan91

December 6th, 2010
8:37 am

I am so great!! Here I am. Only one on the blog

TechMan91

December 6th, 2010
8:37 am

I could be first yet again! LOL!

TechMan91

December 6th, 2010
8:38 am

Me again. Just checking to see my glory.

Mike

December 6th, 2010
8:41 am

Some are saying Christian Lemay, UGA’s new QB, will be better than Cam Newton.

DC

December 6th, 2010
8:41 am

Tech..you ok? You giddy to play Air Force?

Fire Paul Johnson

December 6th, 2010
8:43 am

Commander-In-Chief’s trophy up for grabs at the I-Bowl. GTAA selling discounted $14 tickets. An underdog to Air Force in Shreveport, three years into the experiment. Get rid of Johnson now before he takes it too far!!! If you go onto the Air Force boards, even they don’t want to watch this bull*** offense!!!

firepauljohnson.blogspot.com

ConVick

December 6th, 2010
8:43 am

Poor Ohio State, another year where they face the SEC, and another loss. Why they continue to rank these guys so high year after year and then its choke time at the end. Oh well

My A$$

December 6th, 2010
8:45 am

Mike, let me beat the Barners to it-
UGA will use LeMay as a tight end.
HAHA now that’s funny as heck.

My A$$

December 6th, 2010
8:46 am

cammie juice ?

I’m sorry but that’s gay as hell.

DC

December 6th, 2010
8:47 am

As far as the BCS bowls,

We have 3 good BCS bowl games. Championship game (war eagle), Rose Bowl (wisky) and Sugar (toss up come on hogs)…the rest..are Garbage..I don’t care to watch. I will watch but I wont care what I am watching..

I personally loved the beatdown that AU gave to SC saturday. I loved all the people saying SC would win etc etc..I’m sure that was all blog talk and they didn’t actually believe it..nonetheless..Cam put on a clinic and should have dominated more if it wasn’t for some dropped passes…but I’ll take almost 60 in the SEC Championship game. If they play the same way in Glendale AU wins easily!

Rick S

December 6th, 2010
8:49 am

You mean Auburn University- “The University of Georgia- South”. Call it sour grapes or what ever you wan tto call it but it really ticks me off that over 50% of Auburn players are from the state of Georgia. I bet you cannot say that about the recruits from the state of Alabama as they are loyal to their home state and schools! Why is that?

JdawgT

December 6th, 2010
8:52 am

Go Oregon !!!!!

Black Coffee & Bourbon

December 6th, 2010
8:53 am

Yawn. Who cares about the BCS bowls? Nothing more than glorified and expensive exhibition games. Winning a conference championship means more than winning the Rose/Fiesta/Sugar or Orange Bowls.

Dean

December 6th, 2010
8:54 am

Rick, I think the schools there tell them the war of Northern Aggression is still going on outside the Bama borders

MURPHY

December 6th, 2010
8:54 am

I want to congradulate Trish Disha War Eagle and the rest of the Auburn fan’s for the win on Saturday. I drank the Carolina kool-aide all week and stated on these blogs that Spurrier would find a way to beat Cam and the boys.Wow what a performance by Auburn.Cam should win the Heisman on Sat and I hope that AU beats Oregon and makes it 5 SEC BCS Championships in a row.

Good Luck to the Tigers,

CallingBSonthis

December 6th, 2010
8:54 am

Hold your nose and watch the BCS Championship.What a THUG BOWL!Champions my azz! And I’m talking both sides.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 6th, 2010
8:54 am

WAR DAMN EAGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 13-0

yes, Bulldog nation, YOUR 2010 SEC champions, the AUBURN TIGERS!!!!!!!!

On to Glendale!!!!

What a game…the dome was rocking..(as a falcon fan too, we need to do that dec 27th, people!)

To Coach Chizik and the whole team, thank you for a wonderful 13-0 season, and the SEC championship!!!!!!

To haters, who cares about ya!

To Spurrier, CLICK CLACK THAT!!! But thank you for the compliments in post game..you are still my 3rd fav coach..

To the SC fans, you were very nice and I enjoyed meeting several of you in the lot and in the dome…

To Oregon….:) see ya Jan 10th!

Camie cam juice for all !!

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 6th, 2010
8:55 am

Thank you, MURPHY!!!!

Saturday was Productive

December 6th, 2010
8:56 am

For the first time this Century, I didn’t watch the SEC Championship game. In fact, I didn’t watch any of the games on Saturday. It was a nice change of pace. I got some things accomplished around the house.

CFB_2010 *

Auburn's Vacated Wins

December 6th, 2010
8:57 am

Soon the FBI will find the real money trail and all of Cammy Cam’s wins will be vacated along with his Heistman. Cheaters never prosper as granny used to say.

RTR

DC

December 6th, 2010
8:58 am

Thanks Murph, told you you were sipping too much of the garcia koolaid haha..how many rushing yards did Latte have in the game? I didn’t see the final number..all they kept on talking about was Cam’s 6 tds

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 6th, 2010
8:58 am

I also want to congratulate SC on a great season, and hope they have a win the GA DOME over the seminoles..and what the heck..good luck UGA

Sanford Drive

December 6th, 2010
9:00 am

(((((SHREVEPORT))))) hahahahahahahaha!!!!!

DC

December 6th, 2010
9:00 am

Agreed Trisha,

This is the only time that I’ll cheer on every SEC team (bowl season). We (SEC) has tough matchups this year. Going to be interesting if we can step up. Capital one bowl looks very good michigan state v bama and sugar looks sweet as well!

DawginLex

December 6th, 2010
9:01 am

Auburn should be playing Arkansas again for the title.

Mike

December 6th, 2010
9:01 am

Rose Bowl should ALWAYS be a B10 vs P10 matchup. Decent bowl matchups this year, we even get a renewal of the Miami-Notre Dame series in the Sun Bowl.

TigerWalk

December 6th, 2010
9:02 am

Explain to me why Bulldog fans are rooting against the SEC here? I live in Athens but I went to AU, and it seems all my friends are pulling against us now. Sad that our rivalry has turned so ugly so fast. Is it really Fairley & the Newton allegations or is it something else? I’m confused here as to why all this hatred is being spewed in AU’s direction. We are truly a “family divided” in my family because I have Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins who all go to UGA. Many of them hate us now after having always rooted for us in the past(Except when we play UGA of course) Why can you not just congratulate us on a great season, and wish us luck in the NC game? Boggles my mind….

Mike

December 6th, 2010
9:03 am

aUBURN DESERVES WHATEVERR SUCCESS THEY GET.

THEY BEAT THE TAR OUT OF MURRAY.

MURRAY CHOKED IN THE 4TH QUARTER.

Mike

December 6th, 2010
9:03 am

#90 FAIRLEY MUST HAVE SACKED MURRAY 25 TIMES.

MURRAY LOOKED LIKE A SCARED PUP.

MURPHY

December 6th, 2010
9:04 am

DC,

Did Lattimore even play? lol

ATLNative

December 6th, 2010
9:06 am

Rick – there was a study out a couple of years ago that listed all of the schools with the highest % of out-of-state students… AU was #10 with close to 40%. As someone who was a part of that 40%, I can tell you that (at the time) the out-of-state tuition was VERY reasonable. It’s also 30 miles from the GA state line. Kids in LaGrange and Columbus used to qualify for in-state tuition, but that was done away with about 10 years ago. Finally, AU and UGA have a lot of “kin-like” history with players becoming coaches at the other school – so cross-recruiting would be natural. However, GA just has more to choose from than AL.

I could go on and on, but hopefully this gives you an idea.

Ted Brogan

December 6th, 2010
9:07 am

As much as everyone complains about the BCS, it seems to have worked more times than not. For the past three years you have undefeated teams. This year there are two undefeated teams from BCS conferences. I’m glad TCU is joining the Big East, Boise St should follow, to the Pac 10 or somewhere.
The BCS is better than what we used to have where you might have split national champions or the best team in the country playing a 4 loss team.
An article in yahoo showed a breakdown of what a 16 team playoff system would look like, and I’m not a big fan. You would have FL intl, UCF, and Miami of OH, each with 4 losses some with 6 having a shot at the national title, please.

Georgia Peach

December 6th, 2010
9:07 am

TigerWalk,

Not pulling for Auburn does not equal not pulling for the SEC. I didn’t pull for USC in 2004 either. You Aubies can’t understand, because you are all in denial. The only luck that CFB fans are wishing for Auburn is bad luck. Get used to it. You made your bed – now sleep in it.

True DAWG

December 6th, 2010
9:09 am

I would like the Stanford Wisconsin matchup but oh well until we get a playoff???? Everybody wants to see Oregon-Auburn

TigerWalk

December 6th, 2010
9:09 am

Thanks Murphy glad to see not everyone is rooting against us. War Eagle!! Now just convince some other bloggers on here to show some class LoL

DC

December 6th, 2010
9:10 am

Haha, seriously

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 6th, 2010
9:10 am

We made our bed by winning, and winning, and winning…and winning…then winning some more..I like this bed a lot!!

CallingBSonthis

December 6th, 2010
9:10 am

To TigerWalk@ 9:02,Because most everyone in the SEC knows something is very,very WRONG in Lee Co,AL. But enjoy for now,Go to the Championship game,Take pictures,Buy the SI mag after the game.But I would bet all the hardware won(HeisCam too) will be coming back one day

Just_Sayin

December 6th, 2010
9:10 am

The Country Bumpkins vs. The Ducks………whoda thunk it ?

Mike

December 6th, 2010
9:12 am

I BET MURRAY’S GALD FAIRLEY’S GOING TO THE NFL.

jcatl

December 6th, 2010
9:12 am

@ MURPHY, thanks for the classy comments on Auburn after we disagreed last week. As a life long Auburn fan even I didn’t think we’d deliver a beat-down like that, but the Hail Mary at the end of the first half was sort of a back breaker momentum-wise. Lattimore did play and actually had a much better game than the first meeting, but was still held to I believe 88 yards. Really it was Cam’s arm, Darvin Adams and Emory Blake’s speed, and our defensive line that made this a blowout. Garcia had a pretty good game, but as it turns out #1 Alshon Jeffrey was held in check with only about 30+ yards in receptions.

I know SEC fans on here get worked up over rivalries and bitterness about what Cam may or may not have known about, but at the end of the day, there is not a single SEC team I would pull against in bowl season. I will be pulling for all SEC teams to win their bowls. I’d love to see Mallett and Arkansas dismantle the Buckeyes – that should be a very exciting matchup. I’ll be pulling for Bama to crush Michigan State. I’ll be pulling for UGA against UCF, I’ll be pulling for everyone that represents the SEC!

Mike

December 6th, 2010
9:13 am

MURRAY STILL HAS STITCHES IN HIS CHIN FROM ONE OF FAIRLEY’S SACKS.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

December 6th, 2010
9:13 am

This should be the first BCS championship with an over/under in the 80’s by game time…thats why people will watch…I am also interested in the ARK OSU matchup in the sugar bowl.

ATL is TigerTown

December 6th, 2010
9:13 am

I”ve enjoyed a lot of games in the Dome, but nothing, NOTHING, beats what I saw Saturday night.
WARRRRRRRRR EAGLE!

Georgia George

December 6th, 2010
9:14 am

I AGREE, MURRAY GOT BEATDOWN AGAINST FAIRLEY, IT WAS EMBARRASING HIS LACK OF MIBILITY.

My A$$

December 6th, 2010
9:14 am

Winning is fine….until the wins are vacated. Talk your smack while you can.

Beast from the East

December 6th, 2010
9:14 am

BCSCG should be one for the ages. I hope we get a similar game to the one between Texas and USC in 2005. Once again, I cannot pick against the Tigers. They seem to be a team of destiny.

Sugar Bowl will be interesting. Will the Buckeyes get hammered again by yet another SEC team?

Will the ACC will again get exposed in the Orange Bowl or will the Hokies win a BCS game?

TCU will get to prove whether or not they deserve a BCS bid against one of the most physical teams in the country.

The Fiesta is a joke. Will Oklahoma get embarassed again by “the last team taken” or did they learn their lesson last time against BSU?

Jack

December 6th, 2010
9:14 am

I think Murray’s the worst QB at UGA in 25 years, you guys agree?

Beast from the East

December 6th, 2010
9:15 am

Almost forgot,

CONGRATS, WAR EAGLES!