The 2011 BCS national championship is on the line Monday Night from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ as the #1 Auburn Tigers meet the #2 Oregon Ducks with a scheduled kick-off time on ESPN set for 8:30pm EST. Online sportsbooks have listed Auburn as a 2-point betting favorite in BCS Championship predictions vs Oregon with an over/under total of 74. The money line at sportsbooks has opened with the Tigers as a -130 favorite in BCS Championship odds and Oregon as a +110 underdog.
Auburn won the SEC in dramatic fashion with several close calls along the way to finish 13-0 straight up and 9-4 against the spread heading into 2011 BCS Championship predictions as field-goal favorites with 8 of their games going OVER the total. The Tigers paid out in 6 of the last 7 games of the season. Auburn is well known for Heisman Trophy winning QB Cam Newton but the defense is a concern against the high octane Oregon attack that ranked 1st in the nation for scoring. Auburn's defense ranked 52nd overall in the country and 54th for points allowed and was a most alarming 105th against the pass which is why the BCS Championship odds are so close while the offense ranked 6th in the country for scoring.
Oregon is the Pac 10 champ with a mark of 12-0 straight up and 7-4-1 against the spread heading into 2011 BCS Championship predictions as underdogs with 8 of their games going OVER the total. The Ducks lost some value down the stretch and got the money in just 1 of their last 4 games. Oregon has plenty of weapons led by Heisman Trophy finalist LaMichael James, who ran for 1,702 yards and had 22 TD's. QB Darron Thomas was poised and polished in his first year as starter with 2,500 yards. The Ducks defense could be the secret formula to success in BCS Championship odds as it ranked 13th nationally for points allowed. Oregon's 52-31 domination of #4 Stanford this season should make everyone take notice that they can run away with a game against anyone.
2011 BCS Championship Predictions: Oregon Ducks +2.5