ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit and Jesse Palmer have been following both Auburn and Oregon all season.
The day before the big game, one was willing to make a prediction: Auburn.
Herbstreit isn't allowed to predict the winner because he'll be calling the game for ESPN. But he did admit he considers Auburn to be a "big team" and he's curious to see if Oregon can handle Auburn's size for a full game. He also says he expects the game to be lower-scoring than most are predicting.
"Both defenses have something to prove," said Herbstreit. "Both defenses are tired of hearing about what a high-scoring game it's going to be."
Palmer, himself an SEC quarterback, wasn't constrained from making a prediction. He thinks Auburn will win. For Palmer, Cam Newton is the difference.
"He seemingly was able to will his team to victory, particularly down the stretch when there were so many off-the-field distractions," said Palmer. "What makes Cam Newton special is the way he is able to ignite his team." Palmer noted Auburn's numerous come-from-behind wins, calling them "the most resilient team in college football."
"This is a dream match-up, said Palmer. "I'm really excited to watch Cam Newton and see if he can take that final step on the biggest stage."