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Oregon, Auburn break with tradition

Originally Published: January 4, 2011
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It has been a tenet of football wisdom for more than a century: Defense wins championships. And now it might be sent to the College Football Hall of Fame, along with leather helmets, Woody Hayes' short-sleeved dress shirts and the position of fullback. Defense won't win this crystal football.

I'm not saying that neither the Oregon defense nor the Auburn defense will play well Monday night. I'm not saying that Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley is not ...

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