Is this the greatest Monday ever? I think so. We're going to the national championship game. Here's some quack to make that just a bit better:
- It's finally official. Oregon is headed to Glendale, Arizona to play against the Auburn Tigers for the BCS Championship, though you wouldn't know that by watching the team reaction. Auburn boasts the best player in college football, and this will be a stiff tests for the Ducks. But the Ducks have 35 days to win and prepare for the Tigers, and if there's anything this team does well, it's practice. Chip Kelly and Auburn coach Gene Chizik were on the BCS annoucement show last nighy, with thoughts on their teams journey to the title game. Also, DSN has a video roundup of player and coach reaction.
- Oregon held their annual football dinner last night, giving out awards to the top players on the team. LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, and Casey Matthews shared MVP honors, and Nate Costa won the award for most inspirational. All awards were more than deserved, and the Ducks would not be where they were without this collection of players. Many other awards were given out, so check the article for the full list.
- While Oregon is known for it's hard work this offseason, they got to celebrate the Civil War win a bit longer than normal. And after all their hard work this season, they deserve it.
- Rob Moseley has another piece this morning on Oregon's "sprinters kick" that they used once again this season to put away the Beavers. While OSU got the first and last touchdowns, Oregon had 5 in between, and were up by 24 before OSU made the final score more respectable. Think about this: Oregon has not trailed in the 4th quarter this entire season. When it was close, they went on a 9 minute drive against Cal to put the game away.
- Is it too early to start breaking down the title game? Apparently not. Ted Miller and Chris Low of ESPN give us an early breakdown. Also, Jon Solomon of the Alabama Birmingham news talks about how this game will be a nightmare for the defensive coaching staffs. My early thoughts: Auburn has an edge right now on offense, especially has Cam Newton has been the most efficient passer in the nation this year, but Oregon holds a big lead on defense, especially passing defense. If there is a defense that is set up to slow this Auburn attack, it's Oregon's.
- And let's not forget the basketball team. The Ducks hosted Portland State last night, and after letting the Vikings close to 44-41 with 10 minutes left, stepped it up defensively, and won 68-49. The Ducks are now 5-3 and host Willamette on Saturday.
Got any other quack to share? Leave it below. GO DUCKS!