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AUBURN VS. OREGON

Dec. 27, 2010
Dec. 27, 2010

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Dec. 27, 2010

LEADING OFF
10 FOR 10
THE YEAR IN SPORTS
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AUBURN VS. OREGON

TALE OF THE TAPE

This is an article from the Dec. 27, 2010 issue

Quarterback Cam Newton

Defensive end Kenny Rowe

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The dope Casey Matthews (55), the Ducks' hard-hitting middle linebacker, will be shadowing Newton most of the night. His mission: stop the quarterback from busting a big play. And with Oregon's defense focused on the Tigers' ground game, Auburn will need another game-breaking effort from wideout Darvin Adams (89), who set an SEC title game record with 217 receiving yards against South Carolina.EDGEAUBURN 37PREDICTIONOREGON 31The dope All signs point to a shootout in the desert—expect lots of big gains, points and razzle-dazzle. The difference? The Tigers' physical running attack will allow them to control the game against the undersized Oregon D. For a fifth straight year, the BCS confetti will rain down on a team from the SEC.PHOTORIC TAPIA/ICON SMI (BOYETT)PHOTORIC TAPIA/ICON SMI (JACKSON)PHOTORIC TAPIA/ICON SMI (ROWE)PHOTOCHARLES BAUS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (MATTHEWS)PHOTOCHARLES BAUS/CAL SPORT MEDIA (TURNER)PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (MCCALEBB)PHOTOSIMON BRUTY (NEWTON)PHOTOJED JACOBSOHN (JAMES)PHOTOJED JACOBSOHN (KELLY)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (HARRIS)PHOTOJOHN W. MCDONOUGH (THOMAS)PHOTOJOHN REED/US PRESSWIRE (CHIZIK)PHOTOJOHN REED/US PRESSWIRE (LUTZENKIRCHEN)PHOTOPAUL ABELL/US PRESSWIRE (ADAMS)PHOTONELSON CHENAULT/US PRESSWIRE (BLAKE)PHOTODAVID E. KLUTHO (FAIRLEY)PHOTODAVE MARTIN/AP (BYRUM)PHOTOJOE ROBBINS/GETTY IMAGES (CARTER)SIX PHOTOS