A season spent talking about BCS busters will end with another clash of the big boys — just not the ones we've gotten used to seeing in the title game.
BCS title game first-timers Auburn and Oregon will bring perfect records and potent offenses to Glendale, Ariz., for their Jan. 10 matchup.
The Bowl Championship Series announcements Sunday night were a formality after the top-ranked Tigers and No. 2 Ducks completed unbeaten seasons Saturday.
"There was no surprise to anybody that we were going to be one or two," Oregon defensive tackle Brandon Bair said. "I think you'd have had a great response if you'd seen us down there four or five."
Across the country, Auburn linebacker Craig Stevens had trouble putting his emotions into words. "It's just an amazing feeling," he said. "We've put in all that hard work (to) see our dreams unfold."
Third-ranked TCU, the nation's only other undefeated team, couldn't overcome playing in the lightly regarded Mountain West Conference and will have to settle for a trip to the Rose Bowl to face Big Ten co-champ Wisconsin.
Arkansas and Ohio State, which also won a share of the Big Ten, meet in the Sugar Bowl; Big 12 champion Oklahoma takes on Big East co-champ Connecticut in the Fiesta Bowl; and No. 5 Stanford plays ACC champ Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl.
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