Heisman finalists mirror BCS championship game

Auburn QB Cam Newton and Oregon RB LaMichael James will compete for coveted NCAA award ahead of Jan. 10 contest

Published December 6, 2010 11:45PM (EST)

Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James will meet up in New York before heading to Arizona for next month's national championship game.

Newton and James have been announced as finalists for the Heisman Trophy and will be joined by Stanford's Andrew Luck and Kellen Moore of Boise State for Saturday's announcement.

Newton overcame a pay-to-play scandal with a superb season on the field, piling up nearly 4,000 combined yards and 48 touchdowns in leading the top-ranked Tigers into the Jan. 10 national championship game.

The dynamic James had more yards and touchdowns than anyone else in FBS, helping the second-ranked Ducks into their first national championship game.

By John Marshall

MORE FROM John Marshall

Related Topics ------------------------------------------