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Friday, January 7, 2011
Auburn and Oregon: A lifetime between games

If it seems like a lifetime since Oregon and Auburn last played, you'd be right ... if you were a bee.

The two undefeated teams -- who play Monday night in the BCS Championship Game -- last played on the same day, Dec. 4, which means the Ducks and Tigers will have had 36 days off between games.

Poor honeybees might never see Oregon or Auburn play in their lifetime.

That's enough time for:

• The average worker honeybee to live its entire life of 28-35 days.

• The pomp and pageantry of 34 other college football bowl games.

• One university -- Pitt -- to hire AND fire the same football coach, Mike Haywood, over a 16-day span, with time left over for speculation about a new candidate.

• The Miami Heat to completely turn around their season. Since beating Atlanta Dec. 4 to improve to 13-8, Miami has gone 15-1 while Oregon and Auburn have gone 0-0.

• A college football fan to walk from Vancouver, B.C., to Glendale, Ariz., the site of Monday night's matchup -- a distance of 1,220 miles (at an average speed of 3 mph for 12 hours a day).

• The L.A. Angels to whiff on just about every big-name free agent that was rumored to be Anaheim-bound, including Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Adrian Beltre and Cliff Lee.

And, with five days left before kickoff, there's still time for about 23 college football coaching changes.