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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Auburn Wins the BCS National Championship

Michael Dyer levitates out of a tackle for a huge gain in Auburn's go-ahead drive. Thx to @bubbaprog for the pic
Michael Dyer's non-tackled wrist helped propel Auburn to a game winning drive as time expired.  Right now that is the most enduring image from a fantastic football game.  Sure it wasn't the 48-42 offensive extravaganza that some of us expected but both teams hustled all over the field and made countless "big plays" on both offense and defense.  

There will be a lot more to talk about tomorrow but it's safe to say that Auburn had the most dominant offensive and defensive players on the field with Cam Newton and Nick Fairley.  Both guys came up big time after time tonight and without either of them, this would have been a very different game.  At this point I don't think it's hyperbole to say that there is a very good chance that we could see both of them drafted within the first ten selections in this year's NFL Draft but it might be when I suggest that it's possible they go 1-2.

Great game by both squads.  I feel bad for Oregon because they seem like they were really the under-dog team all year despite playing at an incredibly high level all season long.  QB Darron Thomas had his ups and downs tonight but looked very solid for the most part.  The unheralded star of tonight's game is absolutely Jeff Maehl.  He made highlight catches all night long, all over the field, and the in toughest situations like 3rd and long and even 2 point conversions.  How good is Auburn's Freshman Running Back Michael Dyer going to be?  I remember him tearing up the HS All-American game last year but what a coming out party for that guy!

I know that there is a post-season ranking coming out and sometimes the losing squad in the National Championship game falls in those rankings but I don't see any way that it happens here.  The Ducks are very deserving of a #2 ranking.  In fact if they played again, I don't see how anyone could claim that the Ducks don't have an equal shot of winning that game.  Both teams will be restocking talent from incoming recruiting classes but I think we'll see Oregon in the Top 3 when the Preseason rankings come out later this Summer because they really aren't losing too many guys.

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