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BCS path clear for Tigers, Ducks

There is no longer any doubt. If Auburn or Oregon don't lose again, they will meet in the BCS Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz.

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Oregon (10-0, 7-0), No. 1 in the polls, remained No. 1 in the BCS standings released Sunday night, but by the barest of margin. With games remaining at Alabama and against South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game, Auburn (11-0, 7-0) could eventually pass the Ducks.

But in the end, the only difference in being No. 1 and No. 2 in the BCS standings is who gets to wear home uniforms.

Despite the controversy surrounding quarterback Cam Newton, Auburn kept on rolling last Saturday, erasing a 21-7 first-quarter deficit to beat Georgia 49-31. The Tigers moved to 11-0 overall and 7-0 in the SEC.

The Tigers have their first bye week of the season. They play at Alabama on Nov. 26 and will play South Carolina for teh SEC title at the Georgia Dome on Dec. 4.

The Ducks also have an open date. They play Arizona at home on Nov. 26 and close the regular season at Oregon State On Dec. 4. The Pac-10 does not have a championship game.

Auburn players will get Monday and Tuesday off before returning to the practice field to begin preparations for Alabama.

Oregon has a rating of .9753. Auburn is at .9687. TCU is a distant third at .8966, followed by Boise State at .8634 and LSU at .8243.


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