His runs and passes will long live in Auburn lore, but Cam Newton brought more than athletic skills to the Plains. He established himself as a leader the Tigers could follow all the way to the BCS title game.
It used to be that defense won championships. With two high-octane offenses in Auburn and Oregon, this year's BCS National Championship Game has parted ways with college football's long-held traditions.
With so much new blood playing in the BCS bowls, it's no surprise that there are more than a few unlikely matchups. From Oregon's new-school vibe against Auburn's down-home tradition on down, the BCS bowls feature culture clashes.