While the Auburn Tigers are a field goal favorite over the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game, the underdog club could be poised to pull an upset on January 10th in Glendale, Arizona.
Here are the top 5 reasons why Oregon could take down Auburn in the BCS Championship Game:
1. A dynamic offense
With an explosive offensive attack, the 2nd-ranked Ducks rolled to a perfect 12-0 regular season mark. Oregon led the nation in scoring offense (49.3 points per game average) while ranking second in total offense. The balance of the offense creates plenty of matchup problems for opposing defenses. The Ducks averaged more than 230 yards rushing and passing during the regular season.
2. LaMichael James
The sophomore running back is Oregon’s biggest weapon on offense. He leads the country in rushing yards per game. James gained 1682 yards in the regular season with 21 scoring runs. He rushed for more than 120 yards in all but two games for the Ducks in 2010. In 2009, James burst onto the scene as a freshman with over 1,500 yards on the ground.
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– Oregon vs. Auburn Over-Under: 72 points
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3. A solid defense
While the Oregon offense garnered most of the headlines this season, the squad’s defense played a big role in the club’s success in 2010. The Ducks are in the top 25 nationally in total, scoring and rushing defense. Sophomore defensive back Cliff Harris is just one of several impact performers for Oregon’s stop unit. He tied for the Pac-10 lead in interceptions with five. In addition, Harris helped the Ducks special teams by ranking second in the country in punt return average.
4. Ducks not intimidated by SEC
The SEC has established itself as college football’s premier conference with four straight national titles. However, the SEC has yet to face a Pac-10 foe in the BCS title game. While teams from the Big 10 and Big 12 have struggled to adjust to the speed of the SEC in previous national title games, Oregon appears to have enough quickness to keep pace with Auburn. The Ducks got a feel for SEC competition earlier this season with a trip to Tennessee. In one of the biggest and loudest venues in all of college football, Oregon dominated the Volunteers in a 48-13 victory.
5. Chip Kelly
Kelly has taken the Oregon program to new heights in just two seasons at the helm. After serving as the offensive coordinator in 2007-08 under Mike Belloti, Kelly took over as the head coach in 2009. While Belloti had a solid 14-year run at the school, Kelly has made the Ducks an elite program. In 2009, Oregon won the Pac-10 crown while ranking 11th in the nation. This year, Kelly has the Ducks on the verge of a national title. His quick tempo offense has brought plenty of excitement and energy to a program that hasn’t been viewed as a national power for most of its football history.