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Programming note: Join the Doc at 8:30 p.m. ET for a BCS Championship live blog.

Predictions: There are too many to count, and none of them are worth the screens they're magically displayed upon – individually, anyway. Assuming the wisdom of crowds might fare somewhat better, I hit up some of the top college football voices on Twitter for their picks in tonight's BCS Championship Game between Auburn and Oregon, in 140 characters or less:

Stewart Mandel, national columnist for Sports Illustrated: "Auburn, 48-39. I don't have much faith in either teams' defense to stop the other's offense. Cam Newton will be more unstoppable than Oregon." (@slmandel)

Chris Brown, proprietor of Smart Football and occasional contributor to the New York Times: "Auburn 38, Oregon 35. Defense will be the difference but, while OU's is better, I like Auburn's stellar D-Line in the matchup. Plus, Cam." (@smartfootball)

Clay Travis, Nashville-based author, radio host and columnist for AOL Fan House:Auburn wins 41-31, breaking open a tie game in 4th quarter with final ten points. Whether it will stand, who knows?"(@ClayTravisBGID) "

Graham Watson, college sports reporter for AOL Fan House: "Oregon has had the flashy offense, but they haven't been tested as much as Auburn. Hard to go against Newton in this game. Auburn 45-41." (@greide)

And now, a brief interlude for Duck fans:

Pete Thamel, national college football and basketball reporter for the New York Times:Oregon 28, Auburn 27. It won't be as high scoring as many predicted. Look for Cliff Harris to make one more big play in a big game." (@PeteThamelNYT) "

Bryan Fischer, national columnist for CBS Sports: "Oregon 38, Auburn 33. Despite visions of VY-Rose Bowl in my head, UO's defense gets at least one stop of Newton. Auburn D is gassed in 4th." (@BryanDFischer)

Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin.com, writer for New York Magazine: "Here goes: Oregon 38, Auburn 28." (@williamfleitch)

Dan Rubenstein, Oregon fan and one half of the Solid Verbal podcast for Sirius Radio's The Score: "Long layoff favors the better prepared team. Great offenses means D that turns balls over has an advantage. Oregon 34 - Auburn 27." (@Dan_Rubenstein)

Spencer Hall, aka Orson Swindle, proprietor of Every Day Should Be Saturday and blogger for Sports Blog Nation: "Oregon wins 45-38 because they sort of have a defense, and Auburn doesn't." (@edsbs)

We now return you to your regularly scheduled Cam Newton love fest:

Darren Rovell, sports business reporter for MSNBC: "33-23 Auburn. Newton hoists the BCS trophy. But will it be stripped in the coming years? Only Cecil Knows." (@darrenrovell)

Tim Gardner, college football reporter/blogger for USA Today: "Fast start for both teams, but Auburn's size on defense wears down Oregon in second half. Auburn wins, 41-31." (@TimGardner_USAT)

Bill Connelly, proprietor of Rock M Nation and college analyst for Football Outsiders: "Auburn 39, Oregon 28. The teams have put together similar statistical profiles, but Auburn's done it against much tougher competition." (@FO_College)

Teddy Greenstein, reporter for the Chicago Tribune: "I'll take the team that was ranked 22nd to start the season over the the 22-1 longshot to win a national title. Auburn 34, Oregon 33." (@TeddyGreenstein)

There you are: Consensus says Auburn by about 2-to-1, no one citing SEC superiority (thanks for the restraint, Clay) and no one except Pete Thamel imagining either team winning with less than 33 points – a good bet, considering five of the last six champs have easily exceeded that number in victory. The good news if you're just hoping for a close game: The widest predicted spread in is only 11 points. Everyone sees a tight game into the fourth quarter, which is all an unaffiliated fan can ask for.

Oh, and as for the Doc's pick? I'll be weighing in later.

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