Auburn AD: ‘We have a better argument’ than Ohio State

“An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss. 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.”

— Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, as told to USA Today’s Dan Wolken, said today about the upcoming BCS drama following the Tigers’ upset of No. 1 Alabama. Jacobs also said “it would be a disservice to the nation” if Auburn again missed out on the championship game as they did in 2004.

The BCS standings will be released tomorrow night, but lots more football is still to be played. Auburn clinched the SEC West and will play fellow one-loss No. 5 Missouri next Saturday. Florida State, expected to jump from No. 2 to No. 1, will face off against No. 24 Duke in the ACC Championship Game. The Buckeyes will play No. 11 Michigan State in the Big Ten title. FSU and OSU are the two remaining BCS conference teams.

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  • cmm13

    “it would be a disservice to the nation” ….. As in “Auburn Nation” or like the United States of America? Cause I don’t think Edward T. Iowa really cares if Auburn gets left out again.

    No offense to Edward T. Iowa.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I’m pretty sure being allowed to keep Cam Newton on the roster after buying his services was Auburn’s do-over for 2004.

    Get over it pal. Drop the whole “an SEC team must be in the game” business. Save that talk for the off-season along win your conversations about the SEC title game being the “real” title game.

  • Wow

    Talk about a cringeworthy statement. Yikes.

  • Samuel Barrick

    Even with the one loss Auburn has a better resume than Ohio State and FSU. Personally, I think Ohio State has a better resume than FSU, or certainly will after beating Michigan State. If Auburn beats Missouri, it should be them and Ohio State in the NC game.

    Missouri on the other hand, has one loss to a woeful Tennessee program. Even if they do have other impressive wins, that doesn’t compare to Auburn losing a close game at LSU when LSU is 30-1 at home. If tOSU, FSU and Missouri wins in conf Championship week, no way should there be a SEC team in the National Championship.

  • Kildawg

    Hey Auburn AD, what if that one loss SEC team that could go to National Championship is Missouri? Plus, FSU is primed to be knocked off by Duke and/or their QB facing serious criminal charges (merely serious accusations at this point). Strength of schedule you say? Ohio State thrashed SDSU, who knocked off #16 Fresno State.

  • Natedawg86

    An undefeated all world Fresno state mind you

  • saggy

    that first point is a point that isn’t being made enough. I mentioned it the other day: Ohio State has a better strength of schedule than FSU (or will after playing MSU). FSU plays in an even WORSE conference than the Big 10, and their signature win over Clemson is looking less valuable every second, after the Tigers got trounced by South Carolina yesterday.
    So, tell me again, why is FSU above any scrutiny here?

    Regardless, OSU would be an undefeated league champ from a power conference. Period.

    By the way….Alabama only has one loss, too – and that is to a top-5 team on the road. Don’t they deserve a shot???

  • Natedawg86

    Aww boo hoo hoo. Win your games. Nuff said

  • Kildawg

    Fresno State was in position to be a BCS buster until SDSU busted them.

  • Kildawg

    Plus FSU beating Florida means nothing since Florida got swamped by FCS Georgia Southern…

  • saggy

    Florida is All-Time terrible for their program. I don’t think that ever mattered.

    This whole thing is a mess.

  • mizzou had a tough/fluky loss at home to not-woeful south carolina not tennessee.

  • Wow

    People bring up great points about FSU. For starters the QB is involved in an assault case which is being held off, ridiculous. And the ACC is awful. The Clemson win is not impressive.

  • Dustin

    Fresno got beat by San Jose State, not SDSU. Completely different teams. SDSU is awful and in no way should they be used to strengthen tOSU’s BCS argument.

  • architrance

    Lose to a 9-3 team and play for a national championship?? I don’t think so!

  • Samuel Barrick

    Good catch on that one! It must have been South Carolina that lost to Tennessee then.

  • Stew Hawk

    The guy has a legitimate argument though he is isn’t going to win it. Let’s face it: OSU struggled and got luck against an unrated team. Auburn beat the number one team in the country, albeit in an amazing way. My heart says OSU should move up but my head says they aren’t close to the caliber of Auburn..

  • Cloverine

    “Disservice to the nation”

    What hubris! It is a disservice to the nation to imply that the nation’s well being is linked to what teams play in a ball game. Mr. Jacobs needs to regain his senses.

  • BenRM

    “We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.”

    This is actually a giant fallacy. Rankings before the end of the season are meaningless because they are fluid. They have not beat the No. 1 team, because the No. 1 team is now FSU.

    I still believe that Auburn has a better argument because they’ve beaten better opponents than OSU, but not because they beat the “No. 1 team.”