Auburn’s last-second 22-19 win over Oregon on Monday night drew a 16.1 overnight rating on ESPN. Last season’s Alabama-Texas game earned an 18.2 on Fox, which is available in about 15 percent more homes.
The Auburn Tigers won their first national championship in 53 years, but unlike the previous 13 games of the season, it wasn’t their offense which won them this game – it was their defense.
The BCS championship crowd of 78,603 set a University of Phoenix Stadium record, easily eclipsing the 74,628 who watched the 2007 BCS championship game between Florida and Ohio State.
There are reasons people are envisioning scores like 60-55 and 55-53 for the BCS title game Monday in nearby Glendale, a reason the matchup has turned into such a red-hot ticket.
Both the Ducks and Tigers come in to this game undefeated, having played brutal schedules and passing every test they faced. There’s no question that these are the two best teams in the country.
Wes Byrum gets the question all the time: What would it be like to give Auburn a BCS title with one kick? Luckily, he already knows what it’s like to be the hero — at least on a smaller stage.
All this talk about the unstoppable offenses set to be unleashed by No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS title game is enough to make a defensive coordinator’s head spin.
Cam Newton left nothing to chance. He ran and passed the Auburn Tigers to a shot at the national championship they were denied six years ago, and he might as well start working on that Heisman pose, too.
Heisman Trophy contender LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and the fast-paced Ducks negotiated the last speed bump on the way to the BCS national title game, grinding out a 37-20 victory against Oregon State in the Civil War on Saturday.
The biggest game of the week will take place at the Georgia Dome as Auburn tries to lock up a spot in the national championship game – standing in their way is a familiar foe, South Carolina.
The Ducks finally take over the top spot in my rankings thanks to their unblemished record, impressive play, and Boise State – and in particular Kyle Brotzman – choking.
Jeff Maehl caught a 29-yard touchdown pass for the Ducks’ only offensive touchdown, and Oregon got a stellar effort from its defense and a huge break on a missed field goal to beat California 15-13 on Saturday night.
Andrew Luck threw for 293 yards and two touchdowns, leading No. 10 Stanford to a 42-17 victory in its highly anticipated showdown with 13th-ranked Arizona on Saturday night.
Andy Dalton passed for a career-high 355 yards and three touchdowns and No. 4 TCU looked every bit like a team worthy of busting into the BCS championship game with a 47-7 demolition of No. 6 Utah on Saturday.
Oregon and Auburn swapped spots atop the BCS standings and Boise State was passed again, this time by TCU.