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Cirminiello - The Auburn D & The Roof On Fire
Auburn DT Nick Fairley
Auburn DT Nick Fairley
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Jan 11, 2011


Ted Roof's defense was the reason the Tigers won the national title.


  

CFN Bowl Analysis ... BCS Champ. 

The Roof Was Raised


By Richard Cirminiello

- Auburn Wins The National Title
- CFN Analysis - The Fizzling Oregon O
- CFN Analysis - The Better Team Won
- CFN Analysis - The Duck D Did Its Part

- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - Pregame
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 1st Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 2nd Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 3rd Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 4th Quarter

Ted Roof, Ted Roof, Ted Roof was on fire.

Leading up to this game, all of the coaching talk revolved around Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. And why not? It was a national championship game that was supposed to be dominated by the high-powered offenses, and Kelly and Malzahn are the two mad scientists. However, the defensive coordinators, Roof and to a slightly lesser extent Oregon’s Nick Aliotti, wound up looking like the geniuses of Glendale.

While Roof never made it as a head coach, he’s earned his stripes as a defensive assistant. Tonight was his opus, pushing the right buttons to slow down the nation’s highest scoring offense. Oregon arrived averaging just under 50 points a game, but managed only 19. The vaunted running game generated a little more than two yards a carry, wilting in the face of DT Nick Fairley and the rest of the Tiger front four. Auburn was nasty for all 60 minutes, containing the Ducks’ speed and really hunkering down in the red zone. The pace of Kelly’s system? A challenge, but not insurmountable. The Tigers had to control the line of scrimmage. Check. The Tigers needed to tackle in space. Check. They had to maintain their stamina. Checkmate.

Auburn did what only Cal could in 2010, containing the point-a-minute Oregon offense. Roof may have been one of the least talked about coaches over the last month, but his kids did all the talking for him during a truly dominant, championship performance.

- Fairley returning for his senior year would be a bigger surprise than what Stanford’s Andrew Luck announced a week ago. In terms of disruptive interior linemen, he’s just a hair below where Ndamukong Suh was in 2009, which means he’ll have a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick.

- After five straight national championships, let’s just simplify the BCS process by pitting the SEC champion against the next best team every year. This run, which includes four different champs, has got to be killing the SEC-haters across the country.

- Gene Chizik has yet to lose a bowl game as an assistant or a head coach in his career, going a perfect 9-0. I’d like to have had a camera tonight on that idiot who was heckling the coach at a local airport after he was hired 25 months ago. There are a ton of people who have egg on their face after the way they reacted once Chizik got the nod. There’s something about a last laugh in this message.

- He certainly won’t listen to me, but Cam Newton ought to return to college for his final season. Great athlete and all-around playmaker, naturally, but he has a long way to go as a passer and would be eaten up on Sundays right now. One more year of seasoning could help prevent him from becoming a bust at the next level.
 
- Auburn Wins The National Title
- CFN Analysis - The Fizzling Oregon O
- CFN Analysis - The Better Team Won
- CFN Analysis - The Duck D Did Its Part

- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - Pregame
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 1st Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 2nd Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 3rd Quarter
- 2011 BCS Champ. SOC Notes - 4th Quarter