Talk is over, time to play ball - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Talk is over, time to play ball

By Dennis Washington

SCOTTSDALE, AZ (WBRC) - After more than a month since their last game, the Auburn Tigers and the Oregon Ducks will finally get a chance to prove who is the best college football team in the country.

The two teams will face each other Monday night in the BCS Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on ESPN.

The game was being played on Jan. 10 to avoid conflicts with the NFL playoffs over the weekend.  BCS organizers said they could play the championship game as early as Jan. 7, as they did last year, but said Jan. 7 was not an option this year.

Auburn and Oregon fans descended on Phoenix throughout the weekend.  Westgate Mall, just a few blocks from the stadium in Glendale, was packed Sunday night with fans showing their team spirit and enjoying the pleasant weather. Temperatures reached the mid 60s each afternoon under sunny skies.

Some Auburn fans in Alabama were struggling Sunday night to find alternative ways to make it to the game. A powerful winter storm struck Alabama Sunday afternoon, closing roads and making travel nearly impossible across the northern half of Alabama.  The Birmingham Airport was not reporting any significant delays, but fans were struggling to find open roads to make scheduled flights.

The storm also forced Auburn University to cancel all viewing parties and other events planned for Monday night's BCS championship game against Oregon. The college asked all students who have not returned to campus for the start of the semester to stay home until the roads are clear, though dorms will stay open for students already on campus.

The FOX6 Sports team will have a pre-game special report, Duel in the Desert, live from Glendale, Arizona, at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX6 and  Then, once ESPN has ended its coverage of the game, FOX6 will carry live post-game coverage, including reaction from Auburn players, on FOX6 and
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