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Undefeated Auburn and Oregon are headed to Glendale for the BCS national title game.
Auburn (13–0) made a statement against South Carolina in the SEC title game, while Oregon (12–0) outlasted Oregon State in the Civil War finale to set up the undefeated No. 1 vs. No. 2 BCS National Championship Game we've all been hoping for.
Heisman Trophy favorite Cam Newton accounted for six touchdowns — passing for 335 yards, four scores and no picks while rushing for another 73 yards and two trips to the end zone — as the Tigers devoured the Gamecocks, 56–17, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Across the country, the Ducks soared past their in-state rival Beavers in Corvallis . UO's own Heisman contender, running back LaMichael James, led the way 134 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Now, Auburn's Gene Chizik and Oregon's Chip Kelly have until Jan. 10, 2011, to plan their attack and scout their opponent's potent offense. The team that cries "War Eagle" enters averaging 42.7 points per game against only 24.5 points allowed, while Nike's neon-clad club is averaging 49.3 points against just 18.4.
Regardless of the outcome, this year's BCS national title game has all the ingredients for a classic — with two Heisman candidates leading teams that carry a combined 25–0 record while averaging nearly 100 points per game.
What's He Werth?
Well, if he's a 31-year-old one-time All-Star who plays right field, he might be worth $126 million over seven years. That is the deal Phillies' double-machine Jayson Werth signed with the Nationals over the weekend.
But the happiest man in the country had to be free agent outfielder Carl Crawford. The 28-year-old four-time All-Star was already viewed as the top everyday player on the market. And following Werth's outrageous contract, he now has the leverage to command an even better deal — maybe somewhere in the ballpark of Mark Teixeira's eight-year, $180 million of two years ago.
The Yankees, Red Sox and Angels can't be too happy after hearing what Werth was "worth" to the Nats. But at least they can look forward to negotiating with uber-agent and notorious nice guy Scott Boras at this week's winter meetings.
Tough as Steel
Big Ben Roethlisberger fought through a broken nose suffered on the first drive of the game to lead the Steelers to a 13–10 win on the road against the Ravens in an AFC North division Sunday night fight that lived up to its pregame billing.
"Someone just came through and a hand got through my facemask," said Roethlisberger, who also played the game with a broken bone in his foot. "The next thing you know, I feel blood running down my face."
But the biggest play of the game came on a safety blitz from Pittsburgh playmaker Troy Polamalu, whose strip sack of Baltimore's Joe Flacco was recovered by LaMarr Woodley to regain possession and set up the go-ahead touchdown pass to Isaac Redman with 2:51 left in regulation.
The Steelers now own sole possession of first place in the AFC North. And coach Mike Tomlin's team appears to be in top form heading into the stretch run after proving once again that they are as tough as any team in the NFL.