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Danger lurks on championship Saturday

Originally Published: November 29, 2010
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

The work began last winter with offseason conditioning. Through the unending grind of spring practice, the sweat of summer 7-on-7s, the unending grind redux of August, and one game after another, No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon persevered. Each team stands four quarters away from playing in its first BCS National Championship Game.

But 60 minutes is a span that can last a lifetime. The Tigers and the Ducks are guaranteed nothing. Every competitor, be he a coach or athlete, understands that ...

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