When the approximately 20 members of the Football Writers Association of America decide this week what to do with the national title they awarded USC in 2004, they will have three options:
— Retain Southern Cal as national champion.
— Remove Southern Cal and keep the title vacant.
— Remove Southern Cal and give the title to another school.
That other school, duh, would almost certainly be Auburn.
Ken Bradley at SportingNews.com decided to ask several members of the undefeated 2004 Auburn Tigers (Cole Bennett, Jeremy Ingle, and Bret Eddins) which way they would vote if handed a ballot.
Like he did against LSU, with regard to whether Auburn would have beaten the Trogans, it’s Bret Eddins who brings out the big guns:
“This is what I tell everybody—we would have killed them. And the reason I say that with such confidence is you can’t prove a negative. We would have killed them. We would have killed Oklahoma. Realistically, I think we matched up great with both those teams.” … Any of those three teams who came down undefeated from the big conferences, I feel like you have to give them a look. Unfortunately there at the end, it just didn’t work out.”
No hanging chads there…
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