Aren’t you going to miss the BCS? There’s been so much both optimism and sheer terror down the stretch of every college football season since 1998. You can have your playoff, college football.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs is already ringing the bell for the one-loss SEC Champion to play in the BCS National Championship Game, and he says it’s impossible for it not to happen, via USA Today.
“An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss,” Jacobs said. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation, and a team ahead of us struggled today, I understand,” (referring to Ohio State’s 42-41 victory at Michigan).
“And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it’s us or Missouri — you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.
“It’s already happened in 2004, and it would be a disservice to the nation if we got left out.”
Jacobs also appeared on SportsCenter today and claimed it would be ‘un-American’ if a one-loss SEC Champion didn’t play for the national championship.
Auburn should jump up from No. 4 to No. 3 following their takedown of No. 1 Alabama, and Alabama should fall to either No. 4 or No. 5, in front of or just behind Missouri.
Auburn’s only loss came to a nine-win, top 15 team against LSU in a rain-soaked Death Valley, and Ohio State is undefeated and is playing one of the weakest schedules in college football. Of course, Auburn has to get past Missouri in Atlanta, but even Mizzou is still in the hunt for a national championship as a one-loss SEC Champion.
If OSU beats Michigan State Saturday and finishes undefeated, there’s a better chance for a one-loss Auburn to jump the Buckeyes than a one-loss Missouri. Auburn could be ranked No. 1 in the computer polls in the final BCS standings if they win the SEC Championship.
Still, whether or not Ohio State is truly the No. 2 team in the country, I think it’s going to take Michigan State beating the Buckeyes for a one-loss SEC Champion to garner a title shot, which certainly could happen Saturday.
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