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Non-AQ hopes dashed as Auburn, Oregon roll on to Glendale

Auburn University Tigers' head coach Chizik celebrates after his team scored a touchdown in their NCAA college football game in Atlanta

Don’t be alarmed; that sound you just heard was the rush of air being released from TCU’s party balloons.

A day that began with the notion in some corners that at least one or possibly both of the top two teams in the nation could go down in defeat — thus opening the door for the Horned Frogs to crash the big boy table at the title game — ended the exact same way it started.  Auburn and Oregon unblemished, unscathed and on an early January collision course for Glendale.

And, honestly, the outcomes were never really much in doubt.  Nor, for that matter, are their respective crystal credentials.

Oregon had perhaps the “toughest” time of the two today, leading in-state rival Oregon State by just nine points at the half then outscoring the Beavers 21-10 in the second half to come away with a worse-than-it-looked 37-20 win.

Auburn, on the other hand, left little doubt as to the outcome, especially in the second half.  After crushing South Carolina’s soul at the end of the first half, Auburn proceeded to grind the Gamecocks’ manhood to a bloody pulp in the second half, outscoring USC 28-3 to win going away.

(As an aside, and, speaking of winning going away — which we will do in a bit — is there any way you could not give the Heisman to Cam Newton in a landslide?  Just give the man the trophy now and save everyone the hassle of working their way through the ungodly New York City traffic.)

In the end, and as much as I hate to admit it given how much I despise the system, the correct teams will be playing in the BcS title game.  If you look at Auburn’s and Oregon’s complete body of work throughout the entire 2010 season, they are the two teams most worthy of a working vacation in Arizona.

Sure, you could make a case that either Stanford or Wisconsin are playing better football at this point in the season — and they would be the two schools that serve as this season’s microcosm of the dire need for a playoff — but the totality of the work of the two teams that will face-off in the title game should be unquestioned.  They did it on the field and under criteria utilized by the current system that determines the national champion.  Bottom line.  End of story.

While I will continue to rail against the BcS, I won’t impugn what those two schools accomplished this season.  They are the worthiest of the worthy and deserve the shot at hoisting the crystal.  They’ve more than earned the right.

Absolutely nobody should take that away from them, regardless of the crap system that got them there.

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11 Responses to “Non-AQ hopes dashed as Auburn, Oregon roll on to Glendale”
  1. soflatrojan says: Dec 4, 2010 8:33 PM

    They should just skip the Heisman ceremony this year or give it to Cam but tell him he can’t take it home. The guy is a beast but he is also a professional!

  2. thompgk says: Dec 4, 2010 9:02 PM


  3. pricecube says: Dec 5, 2010 2:33 AM


  4. 1historian says: Dec 5, 2010 9:02 AM

    It’s pretty much a given that Newton will win the Heisman trophy, but this should be told EVERY year around this time: On October 7, 1916 Georgia Tech played Cumberland College. It was 63-0 GT after 1 quarter, 126-0 at the half, 180-0 after 3 and the final score was 222-0 – to this day the most lopsided score in College Football History, and the man who was coaching Georgia Tech that day is the man whose name is on the Heisman Trophy – John Heisman.

  5. 1historian says: Dec 5, 2010 9:02 AM

    Forgot – Source – wikipedia

  6. WingT says: Dec 5, 2010 9:10 AM

    I truly don’t believe they will find anything on Cam. I think the ‘smoking gun” would have been found by now if there was one.

    Cam is an amazing talent. I just hope he moves on to the NFL next year.

    Roll Tide

  7. PanchoHerreraFanClub says: Dec 5, 2010 10:20 AM

    Why watch the BcS championship game at all? If Auburn wins we will have no national champion for a second time since BcS started. If Oregon wins, they will beat an 0-12 team, hardly a championship game.

    Of course, maybe Cam Newton’s uniform has been dipped in the blood of the lamb and come out white, but I doubt it.

    Boy, oh boy, I can hardly wait to watch UConn in one of the BcS bowls. What do you have to do to get play a non-top 25 team in a BcS bowl?

    Solution, pay all the college players. It would be an excellent replacement for the NFL which will die after this season.

  8. jsco2 says: Dec 5, 2010 12:46 PM

    There are only two things wrong with college football – 1 is called NCAA and 1 is called BCS. (No College Academics Apply and Bull Crap Series). This has become ridiculous – these are college KIDS, or at least they’re supposed to be. Rumor has it that the half time of the Alabama – Auburn game – Alabama got a call from the BCS telling them to hang back, if Auburn was to lose to them, the BCS would not have one of their “premier” teams in their BCS title game. I certainly hope that is just a rumor, as that would further devastate college football. But it certainly could be the truth. The NCAA made Cam ineligible and in less than 24 hours that was lifted. How often have you seen that happen? Never! The BCS has a good rating system, but their own rating for the top 12 do not always get to THEIR bowl games – Where is Connectuct ranked & how many times have they been in the top 20 this year?A couple of years ago Pitt was ranked about 20 or 22 and went to a BCS game in place of some one in the top 10 (top 10 by the BCS system). If the BCS is going to rate the top 10 or top 12 – however many are in “BIG bowl games” then those are the teams that should go. Not someone ranked 20 or not ranked, but goes because they belong to an “ELITE” conference.
    Of course we all know with the NCAA or the BCS it is all about the money – kids and college football don’t even enter into that equation. Let the BCS rate the top 16 teams in the nation, take THOSE teams and have a playoff. 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15 etc., until you get the two survivors and they play for the title – the rest as they are beaten can be signed by the other bowls. Also it would keep the kids in football shape – they wouldn’t take a month or more off & then come back to play one more game. JUST A THOUGHT!

  9. 1990tiger says: Dec 6, 2010 12:06 PM

    jsco2 says:

    “Rumor has it that the half time of the Alabama – Auburn game – Alabama got a call from the BCS telling them to hang back, if Auburn was to lose to them, the BCS would not have one of their “premier” teams in their BCS title game. ”
    HAHAHA. Don’t forget that the mob killed JFK and there is an armada of spaceships stored by the US government at Area 51………

    not a conspiracy theorist, are you????

  10. 8man says: Dec 6, 2010 2:49 PM

    I’ll say this, if in five years we find out that Newton was a cheat and those Auburn wins are stricken (struck?) from the record, I will not be willing to move on.

    That being said, Auburn beat my team twice, so I can’t really say much about it…except….Go Ducks!

  11. 1990tiger says: Dec 6, 2010 2:59 PM

    8man says:

    “Auburn beat my team twice, so I can’t really say much about it…except….Go Ducks!”
    Interesting. I usually have a different position. If my team were beat by another team, I would prefer that team to win out…..makes my team look better.

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