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‘Auburn Football Resume’ making the case for the Tigers to play for the BCS Championship

Here’s Phenix City’s Jesse “War Eagle” Fincher on Jan. 4, 1984,  folksily expressing the feelings of Auburn fans everywhere toward the national media… except, amazingly,  the New York Times who had Auburn (11-1-0)  at No. 1 after the Tigers beat Michigan 9-7 in the Sugar Bowl. AP and UPI had us at No. 3. Kiss our grits. Kiss his grits.
You voters who were around in 1983? You do not want to kiss Jessie “War Eagle” Fincher’s grits again.

In 1983, they should have said more. In 2004 they should have said more. Now they’re saying more.

Auburn wants to play for the national championship regardless of whether Ohio State, who is currently one spot ahead of Auburn at No. 2 in the BCS rankings, wins Saturday night or not.

“We play in the best league in college football, I think we’ve won the last seven,” Gus Malzahn told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson after beating No. 5 Missouri to win the SEC Championship, “and if you go through our schedule you deserve it.”

In addition to Malzahn’s post-game comments, Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs sent a flurry of tweets following the game. An example: “Nine words why Auburn should go: strength of schedule, strength of schedule, strength of schedule.”

And with Missouri’s body’s still warm, Auburn sent media members an “Auburn Football Resume”: Six stats touting the Tigers not as just a Cinderella story written with miracles, but as a pigskin powerhouse that, uh, maybe deserves to go to Pasadena more than any other team in the country.

Here they are:


** Auburn has five wins versus ranked teams, the most of any team in the top six of the BCS standings.

** Auburn has won nine consecutive games, with five of those wins coming against ranked opponents, including three against the top 10.

** Auburn has three wins against Top 10 teams, including consecutive wins against the No. 1 and No. 5 teams in the country.

** Auburn has the highest strength of schedule (Sagarin) of any of the teams in the top six of the BCS standings.

** No other team in college football this season has defeated two top-five teams.

** 10 of Auburn’s 13 opponents are bowl eligible, the most of any team in the top 10 of the BCS standings.

Go baby, go baby, go baby, go…

Related: Auburn ties NCAA improvement record from one year to the next.

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