The No. 1-ranked Auburn football team will play No. 2 Oregon in the Tostitos BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 10, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. CT at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. It will mark the first time that the Tigers (13-0) and Ducks (12-0) have met.
The game will be Auburn's first appearance in the BCS title game and its second BCS bowl appearance. The Tigers other BCS appearance was the 2005 NOKIA Sugar Bowl. Auburn's last national championship came in 1957, and the Tigers will try to make it five straight BCS crowns for the Southeastern Conference.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to play in the Tostitos BCS National Championship against a very good Oregon team," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "The goal for every team at the beginning of the year is to win a conference championship and beyond. We've achieved one goal by winning a Southeastern Conference title and we have a bigger goal ahead of us. This is a tremendous time for our players, coaches, fans and the entire Auburn family."
Auburn won its seventh SEC title and second SEC Championship game when the Tigers defeated South Carolina, 56-17, on Saturday.
"I want to congratulate Coach Chizik, his entire staff and the 2010 Southeastern Conference Champion Auburn Tigers for earning a spot in the BCS National Championship Game," Director of Athletics Jay Jacobs said. "This is an historic day for Auburn football and a special time for us all. This team embodies the Auburn spirit and has inspired the entire Auburn family throughout this memorable season."
The game will feature two of the most prolific offenses in the country. The Ducks are first nationally in scoring offense averaging 49.3 points per game, while the Tigers are sixth averaging 42.7 points a contest. Oregon has never won a national title. Heisman hopeful LaMichael James and the Ducks lead the nation in scoring.