Executive Sports Editor Brad Carroll breaks down the BCS Championship
Last Week: 3-5 (spread); 4-4 (overall); 0-4 (upset picks)
Craig Carroll's Week: 6-2 (spread)
Anthony Della Calce's Week: 2-6 (spread)
This Season: 65-48-3 (spread); 86-30 (overall); 8-4 (upset picks)
Craig's Season: 59-54-3 (spread)
Anthony's Season: 53-59-3 (spread)
BCS National Championship
No. 1 Auburn vs. No. 2 Oregon, 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Say what you want about college football not giving everyone a true championship game — and, yes, I want a playoff tournament as much as the next fan — but Monday night's BCS National Championship game between No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon is everything a fan could want and more. Why? Simple ... it features the two best teams in the country deciding the game’s biggest prize on the field. And it should be one heck of a game. Both Oregon and Auburn have nearly unstoppable offenses, with tremendous skill position players that could easily turn this game into an instant classic. Auburn averages just under 43 points per game, while Oregon scores nearly 50 a game. Both units are in the top 10 in the country in total offense. Auburn features quarterback Cam Newton, the Heisman Trophy winner, who accounted for a remarkable 48 touchdowns this season. Newton had one of the most remarkable seasons in recent college football history, dominating the game like no one else. Oregon is led by star running back, and Heisman Trophy finalist, LaMichael James. The Oregon back has rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. But most impressive is James’ totals in games against ranked opponents. In those three games, James rushed for 622 yards and eight touchdowns. Oregon has an exciting, playmaking quarterback as well, in Darron Thomas, who totaled 38 touchdowns this year. Of course, with names and offenses like this, the game could be decided by the defense that plays best, whether or not that means just one drive at the end of the game. I see this game coming down to the final minutes in a high-scoring affair, meaning one defense is going to have to hold at some point. And the better defense is on the Oregon sideline. The Ducks defense will get the big stop late and Oregon will win the BCS National Championship in a thrilling game.
Brad Carroll’s Pick: No. 2 Oregon 38, No. 1 Auburn 35
Craig Carroll’s Pick: No. 2 Oregon 42, No. 1 Auburn 38
Anthony Della Calce’s Pick: No. 2 Oregon 33, No. 1 Auburn 30
Now, for the Brad Carroll’s GameDay season-long battle for bragging rights, it was no contest. I easily beat both Craig Carroll and Anthony Della Calce in the picks race, without even counting this final championship game. Craig placed second, while Anthony ended his first season in third place. Remember, there is a special, season finale web episode of Brad Carroll's GameDay on all three of our websites that breaks down this game, the Randy Edsall exit from UConn and more. To read all about the season-long race, and the BCS National Championship game, make sure to check out College GameDay Rewind, right here on this website.
We’ll see everyone next season!