“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.