Auburn, Oregon in title game

Championship matchup a first for both teams

A season spent talking about BCS busters will end with another clash of the big boys -- just not the ones we've gotten used to seeing in the title game.


Alabama and Texas? Florida and Oklahoma? Ohio State? Southern California? Not this year.

BCS title game first-timers Auburn and Oregon will bring perfect records and potent offenses to Glendale, Ariz., for their Jan. 10 matchup.

The Bowl Championship Series were made official Sunday night, a formality after the top-ranked Tigers and No. 2 Ducks completed unbeaten seasons Saturday.

Those outsiders from TCU and Boise State were closer than ever before to playing for college football's biggest prize. But the third-ranked Horned Frogs, the nation's only other undefeated team, couldn't overcome playing in the lightly regarded Mountain West Conference and will have to settle for a trip to the Rose Bowl. As for Boise State, one loss was one too many, and the Broncos ended up out of the BCS altogether this season.

The other BCS matchups announced Sunday were: TCU against Big Ten co-champ Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl; Arkansas and Ohio State, which also won a share of the Big Ten title, in the Sugar Bowl; Big 12 champion Oklahoma taking on Big East co-champ Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl; and, No. 5 Stanford playing ACC title-winner Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.

Auburn has one national title to its credit -- and it came in 1957. That's one more than Oregon has. In fact, the Ducks are just the second team in the 13-year history of the BCS to reach the championship game looking for the program's first national title. Virginia Tech was the first in 1999.

Another first: Never before have two teams that started the season ranked outside the AP top 10 played for the BCS title.

The Ducks began the year ranked 11th in the AP poll.

The Tigers were even further back, second in their own state to Alabama and No. 22 in the nation.

BCS Standings


1. Auburn .9866 1

2. Oregon .9720 2

3. TCU .9102 3

4. Stanford .8365 4

5. Wisconsin .8041 5

6. Ohio State .7660 6

7. Oklahoma .7297 9

8. Arkansas .7274 7

9. Michigan State .6922 8

10. LSU .6167 10

11. Boise State .6104 11

12. Missouri .5276 12

13. Virginia Tech .5032 15

14. Oklahoma State .4897 14

15. Nevada .4336 17

16. Alabama .4328 16

17. Texas A&M .4151 18

18. Nebraska .3934 13

19. Utah .2549 20

20. South Carolina .2418 19

21. Mississippi State .1828 22

22. West Virginia .1330 24

23. Florida State .1140 21

24. Hawaii .0778 NR

25. Central Florida .0545 NR



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