Originally Posted by remdog
... this change was the major factor in Auburn having a weaker schedule and, therefore, costing them the #2 ranking ahead of Oklahoma.
Even if all that were true, the way SC played that night, I don't think that Auburn would have done much better.
Michael Franks had an album out many years ago entitled 'A Ledgend In His Own Room, A Rumor In His Own Time'. IMO, that's a good summation of Auburn's 'National Championship'.
And the funny/ironic things in the shotty setup called the BCS which all Auburn fans hate...
* Even USC fans hate the BCS. To have fans question their championship sucks for them. Their team was GREAT(!!). But the BCS allows other people to call their team the real champ. Hard to argue w/ Auburn fans in a sense. I think USC would have sent Auburn back to AL with both their War Eagle and Tiger tails between their legs if they had played. But the BCS leaves that uncertainty in some fans. Too bad... money talks, a REAL system walks.
* Auburn probably finishes the season higher (#2) than if they had played (and probably lost to) USC. Just ask Oklahoma fans. We all know that Auburn would not have been #2 if they lost in the Bowl regardless of who they played that night. Even if OKlahoma had lost their non-championship bowl game. So, as the BCS leaves it, Auburn gets to have an undefeated season in check. Not playing USC might be the complaint... but it might also have been a blessing!
* Back to Oklahoma fans. They were thrilled to get a shot at the title, but fell in the final rankings for it. Sure... only #1 really matters. However, in a few years most will only remember that they finished #-something rather than they had a chance to win it all in one night. Bitter-sweet as they say. Perhaps Oklahoma, in the world of 20-20 hindsight, would rather be sitting in Auburn's turfshoes today with an undefeated record and a parade thru Norman, OK declaring themselves champs? Better than still changing the bandages on those USC-inflicted wounds and a lower final rating? Gotta wonder... in the 20-20 hindsight world!