We're just minutes from kickoff of the 2011 BCS Championship Game, and SB Nation's Oregon Ducks and Auburn Tigers communities are abuzz with predictions, superstitions, and last-minute bursts of emotion.
Addicted To Quack ponders the hype of this game, staggering by even the lofty standards of postseason college football:
Why do you think a game such as this, pitting BCS outliers, of sorts, has become the hottest ticket in college football history?
In the past decade, the collective college football nation has become enamored with underdogs like Boise State and TCU. But, as we discover year in and year out, non-AQs simply don't have a strong enough slate to get them to the big one. This matchup, despite pitting undefeated teams from two of the nation's toughest BCS conferences, has underdog appeal. Oregon and Auburn are outsiders compared to the traditional college football powers.
Meanwhile, at Track Em Tigers, they're just sort of spinning around in circles and making themselves dizzy, and frankly, it's hard to blame them:
Many Alabamians are snowed in today, but the football team does not have that problem. The conditions should be perfect for football in Glendale, and this game will be played in a state of the art stadium. This has been the toughest ticket ever in football, with bids going well above the $5000 mark. Those lucky ones who attend the game will be part of history!
The 2011 BCS Championship Game kicks off at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on ESPN.