What’s That Smell? …2004?

By Posted on: December 2nd, 2013 in Member Post 8 Comments »

Let’s Celebrate! The biggest Iron Bowl win we’ve all been gloating over the past couple days.  With wide smiles, wearing as much Auburn gear as you can just to check the mail (and the mailbox is 10 feet in front of your house).  It was a Miracle vs. Georgia and now it’s a Shocker vs. Bama. What’s next!? Well that’s what I’d like to look at because I’m a tad worried.

Let’s face it, we know we can win (words we would probably not have muttered with such resilience pre-season) but that’s where we are at. 

We are also haunted by that 2004 season. 

The one where we went undefeated, proclaimed we could take anyone down (cough, cough USC) and then got shut out of the National Championship just to see USC steam roll Oklahoma 55-19. I believe that was where ‘it’ all started. The landslide of SEC dominance winning the National Championship yearly,  minus the very next year when Texas and USC played for it all. Even with that the Nation came to their senses and decided that the SEC Champion should be awarded a slot in the big game… which has paid off every since.

Here we are on the verge of the SEC Championship where a one loss SEC team will sit and wait to see whether Michigan St. can topple Ohio State or whether the nation holds to historical significance and allows a one loss SEC team to leapfrog Ohio St. in the final standings. I’ll just assume the Florida State – Duke game is already settle in favor of Florida State.

If Auburn wins and so do Ohio State  and Florida State, then where do we hang our hat?

It’s surely strength of schedule. Auburn will have played 6 ranked opponents through the SEC title game.  Ohio St. will have played 3 ranked opponents through the Big Ten title game. If that’s not enough, Auburn will have beaten 5 of those ranked opponents (with one being our only loss) when 4 of the 6 were top 10 teams.  Ohio St. will have played 1 top 10 team when they meet Michigan St. this Saturday. Let’s also keep in mind that Auburn’s lone loss was to a #6 LSU team, on the road in Baton Rouge at night, in the rain during a time when LSU was being touted as likely the best ‘team’ in the SEC.

We hope to beat Mizzou and then fill one of the two slots for the National Championship no matter the outcome of any other game next Saturday. We hear it all the time, just win and things will play out well. Even IF we lose to Mizzou we had a Terrific season with one loss, Beat Bama, and will likely go to the Sugar Bowl. Those were outlandish thoughts heading into this season. 

I will leave you with one last nugget of thought:

Urban Meyer sure does a lot of whining for an ex-SEC coach. Urban knew of Ohio St.’s weaker scheduling / opponents well before he took that job along with the SEC’s strangle hold on top 25 dominance and National Championship record …  Just sayin’.

WAR EAGLE!!

  1. mvhcpa says:

    Great post, Jonathan. This is what I’ve been saying for the past two weeks–one-loss us (or Mizzou, for that matter) should take precedence over any no-loss Weak12 or Little10 team. Sad to say, it looks like AU could be jobbed yet again by an SEC-fatigued northern media.

    This is especially ironic being that in 2004, we lost out to OK because Bowling Green pulled out of a scheduled game that year because of other TV machinations. Our own strength-of-schedule went kaput with our substitution of The Citadel, and the computers duly penalized us for that. (My understanding is that the computers love AU this year, but that just shows how biased the human voters are.)

    Michael Val
    (who says there ought to be a riot, if he has to start one, if AU wins Saturday and does NOT leap over tOSU)

    • AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

      What made it particularly painful was that Bowling Green dropped Auburn from their schedule to play Oklahoma, which helped Ok. get in the final BCS game.

      Good write up Jonathan.

  2. spanky says:

    The thing that is shocking to me is that the computers still like OSU over us, even with the teams that we have beat. I don’t know if beating mizzou will even let them boost us over OSU. One of the computer rankings has us at number 6???? I think our only hope is OSU loosing, and I think they will.

  3. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I refuse to worry about this. We’ve got to beat the Tigers of the upper Mississippi. Nothing else matters, right now. If we get shunned by the national pundits once again, well, we’ve proved we can bear it. What we need to do right now is GRIND THE MISSOURI TIGERS into DUST!

  4. SandMountainTiger SandMountainTiger says:

    I’ll say this (again): if we win and shoot past Ohio St. in the rankings, it will remind me of 2004. Look, they handled buisness and are undefeated. We aren’t. Just root for us, root for Sparty, and let the chips fall.

  5. Jonathon Jonathon says:

    Whew. Following a much deserved Congratulations to our Auburn Tigers and their performance vs. Mizzou, I’m inclined to offer a much appreciated Thank You to Michigan State for clearing up any nonsense from voters.