BCS TITLE GAME: For Auburn and Oregon, time for talk is over: ‘Let’s go play’
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Sitting in front of a microphone one last time before tonight’s BCS national title game, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly kept his opening press conference statement brief Sunday.
“Wow. Haven’t heard enough?” he said to a room full of reporters. “Game is tomorrow night. Let’s go play.”
There is nothing much else to say. Thirty-seven days after they were officially paired, no. 1 Auburn and no. 2 Oregon will finally meet at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale at 8:37 p.m.
The Tigers (13-0) seek their first national championship since the school’s only title in 1957. The Ducks (12-0) have never won a championship.
Only one will raise the crystal football tonight after what most experts expect to be a close game.
“in these games, there’s always two or three plays that are going to stand out that everybody is going to remember,” Chizik said. “You know, this game coming up could come down to a couple of plays here, a couple of plays there, a turning point here, a turning point there.”
The game isn’t lacking for hype. with both fan bases desperate to see their school play in the spotlight, ticket demands are outrageous. some have called it the most difficult ticket in the history of American sports.
“How cool is that, that this game has become that big?” Chizik said. “I mean, this is great for college sports. It is awesome for college football. It is great for Auburn University. It is great for Oregon.”
Despite the enormity of the game, both coaches haven’t changed their approach.
Chizik, who is 6-0 in bowl games as a coach during his career, thinks Auburn accomplished what it set out to do a month ago when preparation began, finding the right balance between work and rest.
“I don’t know exactly what the right formula is,” he said. “You got to know your team. You got to know the variables of your team. You got to know your injuries. You got to know are they tired, are they not tired; when to back off, when to pour it on; when to bang them up, when not to bang them up. I think there is a delicate balance in there somewhere. …
“So I feel good about where we’re at.”
Kelly is trying to keep the lead-up to the game as normal as possible for his Ducks.
“I think if I did something special,” he said, “our guys would think it was crazy.”
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