What color uniform will Oregon pack for their next trip to Glendale? More importantly, will they be able to find a way to keep another SEC team from winning a BCS Championship?
It is pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point. Pac 10 champion Oregon, 37-20 winners on the road against Oregon State in the season finale known as The Civil War, and SEC champion Auburn, who defeated South Carolina in the biggest blowout in SEC Championship history, will hold on to their top two spots in the BCS rankings as the regular season comes to a close. The next game for each team will come against each other in a BCS Championship game that has been discussed since October 24 when the two schools were first paired together in the top two spots of the BCS standings. Now the quest for the first national championship in program history for each school will bring them together in a rare BCS championship match-up.
The final bowl announcements will be made on Sunday but with both Oregon and Auburn winning the chances of either team being left out of the BCS championship game are so slim that not even fans of TCU will be holding out hope. When Oregon and Auburn ultimately meet in Glendale, Arizona, site of the 2011 BCS Championship, it will be the first time in BCS history that a team from the SEC will play a team from the Pac 10. This one may be well worth the wait.
The SEC has won the last four BCS Championships and Auburn is looking to make it five straight. It will be the first time Auburn has ever played in a national championship game. It will also be the first trip to a championship game for Oregon, who will look to become the second Pac 1- school to win a BCS championship. The USC Trojans are the only other Pac 10 school to have played in the big game, winning one and playing in another.
For TCU, who also finished an undefeated season last week, it appears the Horned Frogs are heading to the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl, which traditionally take a Big Ten-Pac 10 match-up will be obligated to take TCU under BCS rules if the Pac-10 champion plays in the BCS Championship game. Good news for TCU, not so great news for Stanford. The Horned Frogs will likely be paired up with Wisconsin (11-1), who projects to be awarded the Big Ten’s automatic BCS berth by virtue of a tiebreaker using BCS standings. Stanford could head to the Fiesta Bowl, also in Glendale a week prior to the BCS championship game. The likely opponent would be the Big 12 champion, which will be decided later Saturday night between Nebraska and Oklahoma.
The bowl pairings for all bowl games will be confirmed Sunday evening during a bowl selection show on ESPN, airing at 8 p.m. EST.