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CHICK-fil-A BOWL preview: Virginia vs. Auburn tonight in Atlanta at 7:30 pm on ESPN

 

(courtesy of bowl via wikipedia commons)

The Auburn Tigers were the national champions last year. But this postseason, they’ve taken a step back to 7-5 and will have to play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s team, without star QB Cam Newton, had a sluggish offense, a porous defense and were blown out in several games.

They’ll take on a young team in the Virginia Cavaliers who are 8-4.

The Cavaliers are making a return to postseason play after a three-year absence and will be playing in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for the first time since 1998.

The Tigers have one of the top rushing offenses (174.8 yards per game) in the country. The Cavaliers are one of the top 40 rushing defenses in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Virginia, during a four-game winning streak won its first ACC road win since 2009 and its first win at Florida State.

 

Info compiled from Auburn University & University of Virginia news

Auburn’s Chizik gets big pay raise; salary 4th highest in SEC

Gene Chizik (courtesy of Auburn athletics)

The head football coach of the nation’s number one team, the Auburn Tigers, has received a new contract, which nearly doubles his salary and makes him one of the highest-paid football coaches in the country.

Auburn announced the deal recently that will pay Gene Chizik $3.5 million a year through 2015, with all types of incentives that could add on another $1 million.

Chizik was given the hefty reward for leading Auburn to their first national title since 1957 in his second season as coach. The Tigers went 14-0 last season, quite an improvement over the 8-5 in his first season. His salary was $2.1 million in salary and received $1.3 million in bonuses.

The raise for Chizik only puts him fourth amongst Southeastern Conference teams.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s contract is $4.7 million annually; LSU head coach Les Miles receives $3.75 million a year and Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino receives $3.56 million yearly.

 

compiled from Auburn athletics news, Radio & TV news

 

MacArthur Bowl Trophy claimed by Auburn Tigers

MacArthur Bowl Trophy (courtesy of National Football Foundation via Wikipedia Commons)

The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame (NFF) has presented the MacArthur Bowl to the Auburn Tigers, who finished 14-0 as their reward for beating the Oregon Ducks, 22-19 in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game before a sellout crowd of 78,603 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Oregon finishes the season at 12-1.

NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell handed the national championship trophy to Auburn head coach Gene Chizik who accepted the trophy on behalf of his program which marked the 52nd time that a team has claimed the prestigious trophy.

Wes Bynum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and #1 Auburn beat #2 Oregon.

Oregon had tied the game at 19 with 2:33 left when Darron Thomas found Jeff Maehl on a tying two-point conversion pass after LaMichael James scored on a shovel pass.

Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and the Tigers of Auburn went back to work with a 73-yard drive, with freshman Michael Dyer making key plays. He ran over several Oregon players and when the play wasn’t blown dead, he ran another 32 yards to the 23 -yard line.

One play later, Dyer scampered for 16 yards up the middle to the 1-yard line.

Newton was pushed back a yard on the next play, bringing on Bynum with two seconds to kick the game winner and give Auburn its first national championship since 1957 and the Southeastern Conference’s fifth in a row. It also was the second straight year that the state of Alabama has won the national title. In 2010, the Alabama Crimson Tide located in Tuscaloosa won it. And now in 2011, Auburn University from Auburn, Alabama which is near Phenix City and Opelika, has won it.

Auburn is the 2010 SEC Champions and Oregon the 2010 Pac-10 Champions.

The MacArthur Trophy was not presented until 1959. This is the first time the Auburn program has won the award.

The 1957 Auburn Team, coached by Hall of Fame Coach Shug Jordan, went 10-0 and claimed the Associated Press national championship. The Tigers’ win continues the streak of SEC teams to claim the national crown, becoming the fifth straight SEC team to win the title game.

Representing the pinnacle of team achievement in college sports, the trophy was the gift of an annonymous donor, who commissioned Tiffany & Company to craft it from 400 ounces of silver, in honor of NFF founder General Douglas A. MacArthur. It took eight months to make, and the trophy features MacArthur’s famous quote: “There is no substitute for victory.” The 2010 Auburn team will now have its name etched on the silver trophy, which will visit Auburn, Alabama, until the 2011 champions claim it. Last year, more than 500,000 people saw the trophy while it was on display in Tuscaloosa, Alabama after the Crimson Tide’s win in the BCS title game.

Info courtesy of  the National Football Foundation

Cam Newton leads #2 Auburn back from 24-point deficit to beat Alabama

Cam Newton (2) (courtesy of Matthew Tosh via Wikipedia Commons)

Cam Newton has had a fantastic 2010 football season for the Auburn Tigers. One of successful play and controversy about possible NCAA violations.

With all of that aside, he lead his Tigers teammates back from a 24-point deficit in Tuscaloosa, Alabama Friday afternoon, for a 28-27 win over the ninth-rated Crimson Tide.

The 2010 Iron Bowl game was played in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Newton, a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy, threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, helping Auburn on track for the BCS title game.

The Tigers are now 12-0, 8-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

Auburn trailed 21-0 in the first quarter before it picked up it’s initial first down of the game.

But trailing is nothing new to the Tigers; they’ve trailed in eight of 12 games this year.

Newton, the University of Florida transfer who had a chance to learn from Tim Tebow, but knew he would never get a chance to play for the Gators and thus transferred up to Auburn.

The 6’6 junior QB completed 13 of 20 passes for 216 yards, but was sacked four times.

After winning the national championship last year, Alabama now has a 9-3 overall record, 5-3 in the tough SEC.

compiled from staff & Auburn athletics news