What's not gotten lost in the proverbial noise is the firepower of the Auburn offense. Averaging 43.2 points per game, offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's no-huddle attack has befuddled and bamboozled opponents who are left with the arduous task of stopping one of the nation's strongest run games while minding the accuracy and strength of Newton's arm.
On the other side of the offensive spectrum lies the Miami RedHawks, who averaged a mere 20.5 points per contest (ranked 103rd in Division I-A). The defense has been slightly more impressive, holding adversaries to 23.4 points on the scoreboard. Miami squirmed it's way into December Madness with five straight wins, including a 26-21 upset over heavily-favored Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game.
While everyone loves an underdog, Miami's foot didn't fit Cinderella's slipper as the RedHawks fell 47-10. Auburn went to the ground game early and often, racking up 300 yards and four touchdowns through the rushing attack. Running back Onterio McCalebb started the onslaught with a six-yard dash into the end zone in the first quarter, and the Tigers never looked back.
To the RedHawks' credit, they did hang tough into the 2nd quarter, as a TD pass from Zac Dysert to Nick Harwell brought Miami within seven of the Tigers. Unfortunately for those in Oxford, Ohio, Auburn threw a little 30-0 run at the 'Hawks, highlighted by three touchdowns from Newton and a 61-yard scamper by Michael Dyer.
Player of the game: Cam Newton (243 pass yds, 1 TD - 72 rush yards, 2 TDs)
Winning Percentage of 1,001 Simulations: Auburn 95.0% - Miami (OH) 5.0%