This appears in the Jan. 7, 2011 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
CASEY MATTHEWS HAS HEARD ENOUGH of all this talk about offense. The Ducks linebacker, Clay's backfield-crashing younger brother, listens politely when a question about the upcoming BCS championship turns into an Auburn stat sheet recitation: 42.7 points and 497.7 yards per game! One offensive play run every 26 seconds! He emits a subconscious response, a heavy sigh, indicating he's seen the numbers before.
Auburn's All-America defensive tackle, Nick Fairley, is kind enough to endure a nearly identical numerical homage to the Ducks' ability to move the football: 49.3 points and 537.5 yards per game! One offensive play run every 21 seconds! Fairley tries to smile but unknowingly curls his lower lip a little.
Both wait patiently for the inevitable question at the end of the statistical dissertations. "So how do you plan on stopping such a prodigious offense?"