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Open Game Thread: BCS National Championship Game

OK, I know, we don't do this very often here at BOTC. But I'm pretty excited for this BCS National Championship Game. I'm going to anticipate that maybe some of you are less excited. If that's the case, I'm going to do my best to get you excited, via the power of the written word.

First, Black Heart Gold Pants discusses why tonight's game is a changing of the guard. There are several reasons for this. Obviously, Oregon is a traditional second-tier program that is playing for a national title. Auburn isn't quite the historic darkhorse that the Ducks are, but the Tigers haven't won a national championship since the decade my dad was born (no, 2005 doesn't count). Beyond the schools, the teams both embody the new age of offense in college football, running up-tempo, run-based spread offenses.

The latter point brings me to the best preview of the game you can read. Chris Brown of Smart Football checks in with Dr. Saturday to deconstruct the matchup. Read it. You'll understand what's going on, even if it's happening at warp speed.

And if that's not enough, there's always the BOTC Bowl Pick 'Em. I have Oregon for 13 points. So, Go Ducks!