Both teams have firmly supplanted themselves as the teams to beat in their respective conferences. Auburn is 9-0, Oregon 8-0. Both have dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, top-notch running games, and a knack for making the big play on defense. So which team is the best team in the country?
I know that Cameron Newton would probably win the Heisman if the award were given out today, but I believe the Oregon trifecta of Darron Thomas-LaMichael James-Jeff Maehl is about as good as it gets. James is an absolute beast of a runner, and Thomas has established himself as a major threat at the quarterback position. Also, having Maehl to throw to certainly does not hurt. He leads the Ducks in ever major receiver category, most notably receptions (45), yards (675), and TDs (9). Auburn, with Newton’s 29 total TDs, is no slouch either. Him and running back Michael Dyer have combined for over 1800 rushing yards and 18 TDs. That is simply unbelievable. Throw in running backs Onterio McCalebb and Mario Fannin, and it’d be hard-pressed to not call Auburn the most explosive rushing committee in the country.
Defensively, Oregon is 17th in the country in points against, averaging 17.3 a game. Auburn is 59th, ringing in at 24.3 pts. against per game. I believe the SEC is tougher than the Pac-10, so Auburn gets a slight bump due to the competition factor. All-in-all, I believe both teams are solid and could beat each other on any given day. However, that being said, I think Oregon holds a slight edge over Auburn. I just believe that their combination of size, speed and quickness on both sides of the ball would be too much for the Tigers. Of course, we may just get to see these 2 teams actually battle it out come January in Glendale, Arizona. As a college football fan, one can only hope.