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.
All is seemingly quiet for the 120 member schools of the FBS that will crown their national champion in Glendale, Ariz., in January, despite the brewing controversy surrounding Arizona's new immigration law.