The BCS national championship game 2011 has been heavily hyped. Yet just because the BCS national championship game 2011 is highly anticipated, and between two unbeaten teams, doesn’t mean it will be good. On several occasions, this event has turned out to be a massive letdown, with blowouts and disappointing performances. In fact, there have only been a handful of truly classic title showdowns in the last 10+ years. Now fans hope that tonight’s BCS national championship game will join those ranks, if it can.
On paper, Oregon and Auburn look to be evenly matched. They are both unbeaten, high scoring, led by second year coaches, and have superstars on the field. Therefore, this appears destined to be a high scoring thriller, although appearances could be deceiving.
If the BCS national championship game 2011 is disappointing, it wouldn’t be unprecedented. Since college football first put No. 1 and No. 2 against each other, they haven’t had that much bang for their buck. In fact, the two games head and shoulders above the rest are Miami vs Ohio State in 2003, and Texas vs USC in 2006.
Other than that, there have been blowouts, and games that were usually decided by the middle of the fourth quarter. Last year was one of those battles, as Alabama knocked out Colt McCoy and jumped out over Texas. The Longhorns put up a fight, but the Tide held them off before long, for a 37-21 triumph.
The hope is that the BCS national championship game 2011 is still undecided by the fourth quarter. The last time it was held in Glendale, underdog Florida slaughtered Ohio State in 2007, and was barely challenged. Yet the gold standard of blowouts is USC’s 55-19 slaughter of Oklahoma in 2005.
It wouldn’t surprise many experts if either Oregon or Auburn scored 55 points. But although both teams can run up the score, one of them could easily do it too well, and overwhelm the other. After well over a month of buildup, having the suspense end by halftime, or the third quarter, would be a definite anti climax.
There wasn’t that much controversy on the field over the BCS national championship game 2011 matchup. Auburn and Oregon were ultimately the clear No. 1 and 2, despite the best efforts of TCU. Most of the controversy came off the field, thanks to Cam Newton and his ordeal, yet his presence has made this an even bigger event.
With Newton and LaMichael James squaring off, the showdown could produce a lot of fireworks. Of course, there’s still uncertainty over whether it will count later, depending on whether the Newton scandal builds up again. If Auburn wins, some may still fear that the championship, and Newton’s Heisman, may be stripped later. After all, the classic Texas-USC thriller might not have counted, if the ineligible Reggie Bush outshined Vince Young.
In the short term, fans hope the BCS national championship game 2011 is worth remembering for anyone other than the winning side. Oregon and Auburn will test that out at 8:30 pm est on ESPN.
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