It's not official yet, but by Sunday night the matchup most fans have been waiting for will become a reality.
No. 1 Auburn will meet No. 2 Oregon for the BCS National Championship in Glendale, Ariz., on Jan. 10. The matchup won't be officiall until the final BCS standings are released and BCS bowl matchups are determined on Sunday night. But with both teams sitting in the top two spots of the BCS standings, it's a lock that the Tigers and Ducks are heading to Glendale.
It will be the first time either Auburn or Oregon will be play for the BCS national title. It's also the first time the schools will meet.
Auburn (13-0) easily beat No. 19 South Carolina 56-17 to win the SEC title in Atlanta.
Cam Newton was remarkable once again and it's highly likely that this performance clinched his winning the Heisman Trophy, which will be officially announced next Saturday night in New York. Newton completed 17 of 28 passes for 335 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns.
South Carolina (9-4) was very much in the game and appeared to be in good shape with just a 21-14 deficit heading into halftime. With time winding down in the first half, Newton threw a Hail Mary pass into the end zone. The pass was deflected and Darvin Adams caught it for a 51-yard touchdown. That play really changed the game. Auburn came out and scored the next 21 points of the second half to build a comfortable 42-14 lead.
Adams caught seven passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns.
Meanwhile, Oregon (12-0) started slow and only had a 16-7 lead at halftime of the Civil War game against archrival Oregon State. The Ducks had a 23-10 lead heading into the fourth quarter, but broke the game open with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. Oregon ended up winning 37-20.
Darron Thomas threw for two touchdowns, but it was Oregon's running game that was the real difference. The Ducks had 346 rushing yards. LaMichael James rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns and Kenjon Barner had 133 yards and a touchdown.