Monday, January 10, 2011

Because We Are Ducks...

Look, the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl was a treat. And the Meineke Car Care Bowl ranks up there with the best of them. But in the grand scheme of things, those games really didn't have any significance. To say that those games mattered, is like saying people care about the "5th Place Game" in fantasy football or the consolation bracket in gym class badminton. People don't. That's just a fact. But tonight's bowl game is actually significant. It's easy to forget that when 54 bowl games in a three week span tend to dilute the college football season for us. But rest assured, the national championship is important.

The nation should be in for a real treat too. The game features two of the most explosive offenses in the country. Oregon comes in averaging 49.1 ppg and Auburn 42.7. To put those numbers into perspective, think about this: For the year, the Oregon Duck had to do as many push-ups as OU had points after each of their scores. No big deal. That amounted to 2,757 push-ups. 2,757 push-ups over 13 games! That's like half the amount I've done in the gym this week! Incredible.

As good as the Ducks offense is, Auburn's isn't that far off - ranking fourth in the nation in scoring. Keeping up with the Ducks won't be a problem for the Tigers. Plus Auburn has a much superior defense, led by defensive stud, Nick Fairley. All signs point to Auburn being crowned the national champion late Monday night.

But if I learned one thing in my childhood, it's that ducks fly together. Even when the roosters are crowing and the cows are spinning circles in the pasture. I've got coach Gordon Bombay to thank for that:

That's right, Jan!

Oregon 38 - Auburn 34

Roll tide.

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