Sportsbook - Handicapping the BCS National Championship Total

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Today, we are taking a look at how these two teams will stack up against each other in relation to the 'total', and how you can beat your sportsbook by looking at the stats for the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers.

Oregon Ducks at Auburn Tigers

Game Date/Time: Monday, January 10th, 8:30 ET

Game Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

TV/Radio Broadcast: ESPN, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN 3D, Sirius

Oregon Ducks (+2) -110

Auburn Tigers (-2) -110

Over/Under 74

Let's get this much out in the open right away. If these two teams are at their best offensively, there isn't a sportsbook on the internet that could post a number high enough for this game. The Ducks averaged over 78 plays per game throughout their regular season campaign, while Auburn is good for at least 65 on a regular basis, and if these two teams plan on playing at that type of breakneck pace, there isn't a defense in the nation that can really stop them.

However, what we have to keep in mind here is that these two teams do have defenses as well in spite of the fact that the offenses have really stolen the show.

Auburn's defense in particular, has a few stars on it that you need to watch that your sportsbook might not be accounting for. Nick Fairley is one of the best defensive linemen in the country, and when he went toe to toe with Clemson Tigers' Da'Quan Bowers, who many think will be the top pick in the NFL Draft this year, Fairley held his own. This is a man that can cause all sorts of distractions in the backfield, and he is one of these players that doesn't need to get a sack or even record any stats to make any impact on the game. Know that it might be Fairley, and not LaMichael James, that is the best player on the field at any time when it is Auburn's defense against Oregon's offense.

What your sportsbook might not be accounting for as well is the fact that the Ducks really did find a way to shut down their best opponents for long periods of time this year. Look at the Stanford Cardinal, the team that is likely to finish this year ranked somewhere between No. 2 and No. 4 in the country. After giving up 31 points in the first half, the Quack Attack held the Cardinal scoreless in the second half, something that was unheard of this year against Andrew Luck and company.

Don't be surprised if the key to beating your sportsbook on Monday night is with the 'under'.

My BCS National Championship Game Predictions: Oregon/Auburn Under 74 (-110)

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