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Auburn to face Oregon for BCS National Championship


Other state teams headed to bowls; high school champions crowned

Video: Auburn coach Gene Chizik and Oregon coach
Chip Kelly look ahead to the big game.

Auburn has had a perfect season, looking to cap it with a couple of important victories.

• First, Heisman Trophy finalists will be announced at 5 tonight, and quarterback Cam Newton is considered the one to beat this year. The winner will be announced at 7 p.m. Saturday on ESPN. Should Newton succeed, he’ll be Auburn’s third Heisman winner after QB Pat Sullivan in 1971 and running back Bo Jackson in 1985. It would also move Auburn up to a five-way tie for fourth place among all-time Heismans by school. Update: Newton is one of four Heisman finalists, along with LaMichael James, running back for Oregon.

• Second, the No. 1 Tigers head to Glendale, Ariz., to take on No. 2 Oregon on Jan. 10 in the BCS National Championship Game. Auburn earned its trip after crushing South Carolina 56-17 in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday. This marks the Tigers’ first appearance in the BCS title game and the school’s shot at a second national championship, the first in 1957. The game airs at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN and in 3D where available.

See Auburn’s SEC victory across
newspaper front pages
from Alabama.

Other bowl games announced Sunday (all airing on ESPN):

  • R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl: Troy (7-5) takes on Ohio (8-4) at 8 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Superdome. It’s the Trojans’ third trip to the New Orleans Bowl.
  • Capital One Bowl: BCS No. 16 Alabama (9-3) faces BCS No. 9 Michigan State (11-1) at noon on New Year’s Day in Orlando. Alabama’s Nick Saban coached at Michigan State from 1995 to 1999; the Spartans’ coach, Mark Dantonio, was an assistant coach under Saban at that time. The two teams have not played against each other, and are scheduled for games in 2016 and 2017.
  • BBVA Compass Bowl: Kentucky (6-6) meets Pittsburgh (7-5) at 11 a.m. Jan. 8 at Legion Field. The Wildcats make their fifth straight bowl appearance, with just two SEC wins this season.

Plus, the schedule and the networks for all 35 bowl games.

The AHSAA Super 6 football championships featured three teams from the Birmingham area. The Thursday and Friday results from Auburn:

  • 6A: Daphne 7, Hoover 6
  • 5A: Spanish Fort 14, Briarwood Christian 0
  • 3A: Leeds 42, Hamilton 32

The Green Wave of Leeds won its second title, its first recently in 2008. All six games are available for viewing online.

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