Auburn And Oregon Set For Bcs Showdown

{flickr|100|campaign} Auburn University canceled its college classes on Monday due to winter weather, and it also scrapped a series of viewing parties for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game.
The Auburn Tigers are scheduled to take on the Oregon Ducks in college football’s national championship Monday night. The game, which is hosted this year by Fiesta Bowl organizers, will be played at University Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Considered to be one of the biggest nights for sports fans at colleges and universities throughout the U.S., the BCS title game will kick off at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time and air on ESPN.
According to USA Today, Auburn’s spring semester was set to commence on Monday before Alabama Governor Bob Riley declared a state of emergency following Sunday’s snow and ice storm. Many scholars who were hoping to watch the game with their friends on campus may be watching from their homes, because school officials urged students to wait until it’s “safe” before returning from winter break.
In addition, Riler canceled his trip to Glendale, Arizona the site of the BCS championsip because he did not want to leave Alabama while it was in a state of emergency.
On the other side of the country, Oregon fans have no weather to disrupt their viewing parties. The Register-Guard recently reported that about 6,000 Ducks fans will convene at the University of Oregon’s Mac Court to watch the game. Entry is free for students and the general public, and viewers will have four jumbo screens from which to choose.
Individuals who received their college education from Oregon are hosting viewing parties throughout the country. According to the media outlet, alumni groups have organized at least 53 events in 18 different states.
Although most experts believe that the best colleges in football are vying for the title Auburn and Orgeon are both undefeated the BCS system still faces criticism from fans who would prefer a playoff format. Many followers of collegiate football argue that BCS organizers are more interested in profits than establishing a fan-friendly postseason format.
According to the Business Insider, the directors of the “not-for-profit” BCS bowls rake in hundreds of thousands of dollars for each game, which is why big-name colleges as opposed to small-conference schools are given the inside track to big contests, such as the Rose, Orange and Sugar bowls. The news provider recently reported that less than 2 percent of profits from the 2010 BCS bowls have been donated to charity.
According to The New York Times, the Playoff Political Action Committee (PAC) has filed complaints with the Internal Revenue Service, claiming that Orange Bowl officials funded a Caribbean cruise for 40 athletic directors and conference commissioners. Furthermore, Playoff PAC has accused officials of the Fiesta Bowl of making illegal contributions to political campaigns, then failing to disclose the donations on federal tax returns.