Unfamiliar territory: Ducks aren't the favorite

After a season of mostly wide-margined victories, the Oregon Ducks prepare for the national championship game against Auburn in an unfamiliar spot. They're the underdog.

The No. 2 Ducks play the top-ranked Tigers on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz., in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Oregon has never won a national title, while Auburn was crowned just once back in 1957.

While Auburn has the slight edge both in the rankings and with the oddsmakers, on the surface the two teams seem very similar.

Oregon scored an average of 49.3 points and won by an average margin of 30.9 points as repeating Pac-10 champions. The spread-option offense averaged 537.5 yards of total offense.

Auburn averages 43 points and 498 yards per game. The Tigers are led by Cam Newton, who has thrown for 2,518 yards and 28 touchdowns, and run for 1,682 yards and 21 scores.

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