Posted: Dec 4, 2010 11:23 PM by Lee Douglas
(AP) - Oregon and Auburn have turned Sunday's final BCS standings into a formality.
The top-ranked Ducks and No. 2 Tigers each capped perfect regular seasons with lopsided victories this afternoon, putting them in next month's BCS championship game.
The Ducks' rushing tandem of LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner combined for 267 yards and four touchdowns in a 37-20 win at Oregon State. James ran for 134 yards and two scores to remain one of the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy.
Barner's 23-yard scoring run made it 30-13 with 12:16 remaining before Oregon finished up 9-0 in the Pac-10 and 12-0 overall.
Cam Newton also staked his claim for the Heisman by leading the Tigers to a 56-17 rout of South Carolina in the SEC title game, giving Auburn a 13-0 record. Newton threw for a career-high 335 yards and four touchdowns as the Tigers clobbered a team that almost beat them earlier this year. Newton also ran for a couple of TD's to help Auburn turn the game into a rout by the early stages of the third quarter.
The Tigers and Ducks now wait for the BCS to make it official when it announces its bowl game selections Sunday. Both teams had sizable leads over No. 3 TCU in the BCS standings heading into Saturday's action.