It's just a week and a day until the biggest bowl game of them all takes center stage.
Professors at Oregon and Auburn should be careful not to give out assignments this week as students at those two universities might be sidetracked in the next little while. The NCAA football national championship is coming soon as Oregon and Auburn are scheduled to meet from Glendale, Arizona in January 10th's BCS National Championship.
The game will come from the University of Phoenix Stadium, the home of the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL.
Both Auburn and Oregon are undefeated heading into the BCS Championship game. Oregon have played a lighter schedule but they are still 12-0 out of the PAC 10 while Auburn are 13-0 out of the SEC.
At this point most are expecting the Auburn Tigers to prevail and when you look at the two teams, you can see why.
Oregon would not be in the championship game unless they were made out of something special but they are a team that have not faced as much adversity as Auburn.
The Tigers, as the people of Alabama will remember, were losing by multiple possessions in the Iron Bowl versus Alabama, at Alabama, before Auburn made a historic comeback that kept their dream season alive.
The Oregon Ducks are not really as battle tested as Auburn heading into the championship game and that should give the Tigers more confidence.
The Ducks did beat Stanford this year and so far Oregon are the only team to have accomplished that however that was a home game for the Ducks. Auburn making an incredible comeback and ultimately beating the defending national champions on their home turf, a team who won the Capital One Bowl by 42 points, was a far more impressive feat than the Ducks beating Stanford from Eugene.
But Auburn have also persevered through mental distractions as their star QB, Cameron Newton, has been central to allegations surrounding NCAA violations. How that plays out in the long run is still unknown but the allegations surfaced at a terrible time for the Tigers and they still kept their heads in the right place.
Both Oregon and Auburn are tough teams but Auburn looks a little tougher and their status as favorite heading into the championship game appears legitimate.