How do the numbers break down when analyzing the performance of the Auburn Tigers in preparation for their BCS Championship game appearance against the Oregon Ducks?
Let's take a look, in preparation for this contest, which kicks off at 8:30 PM ET at the University of Phoenix Stadium (natural turf) in Glendale, AZ.
In the BCS football betting odds, Auburn is a 1.5-point favorite, with the total on the game posted at 73 points.
BCS Game Betting
BCS Championship Game
Auburn Tigers (13-0 SU, 9-3 ATS) vs. Oregon Ducks (12-0 SU, 6-4-1 ATS)
Live at University of Phoenix Stadium
Monday, January 10 -- 8:30 PM ET
BCS Game Betting Odds:
BCS game bettors may be just a tad surprised to see that Auburn ranks just 67th in the country in passing offense, generating a little under 211 yards a game. However, it is passing efficiency that has been the strength of this rather balanced offense. Cam Newton is at the top of the charts in terms of efficiency in the entire country, and he has produced 28 touchdowns through the air, as well as 20 on the ground.
Newton is ranked as the #15 rusher in the country, as he averages 108 yards per contest. His high for the season was 217 yards against the speedy LSU defense, which led the Tigers to a seven-point win that satisfied those Auburn backers who are now looking at those BCS game online betting odds. Newton had only 45 yards against Ole Miss, in a game where his opposite number, ironically, was Jeremiah Masoli, who was Oregon's starting quarterback last year.
Auburn is fourth in the nation in scoring offense, at 42.7 points per game, and on defense they have allowed 24.5 points, which places them in a rather middle-of-the-pack 54th, which sounds rather unusual for a team that aspires to the championship.
Along those lines, BCS game bettors have heard a lot about how weak Auburn's defense has been, but the Tigers have done a very good job against the run in a tough conference. They allow just 3.5 yards a carry, and their figure of 111.7 yards a game ranks tenth in the nation.
Auburn isn't bad at getting to the quarterback, registering 33 sacks on the season. And to further demonstrate that they aren't bad at penetration, the Tigers are among the top 25 teams in tackling the opponent for a loss, racking up 88 such plays on the year.
In the category of "yards per point," Auburn has put up rather ordinary defensive numbers. They surrender one point for every 14.8 yards their opponent has gained, and that is something that might throw a scare into some BCS game bettors who might throw money their way.
To go back to Newton, aside from his #1 in efficiency and #15 in rushing, he is also #10 in total offense and #7 in scoring (which is amazing for a quarterback). he is looking for help in the backfield primarily from Michael Dyer, who has 950 yards and five touchdowns, and Onterio McCalebb, who has run for 763 yards and nine scores. How much support he gets from those guys could be a real key in cashing a ticket for Auburn backers in BCS game betting.
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