Poll time: Are you pulling for Auburn for sake of SEC in BCS?

Cam Newton doesn't merely carry Auburn's BCS title hopes -- he's carrying the SEC's.

Cam Newton doesn't carry just Auburn's BCS title hopes -- he's carrying the entire SEC's.

This week’s Alabama-Auburn game is about more than just whether the Tigers can remain undefeated — and maybe the possible gateway to the next Cam Newton conspiracy theory. It’s probably about the SEC’s lifeline in the national title game.

The top five in the BCS rankings reads like this: 1. Oregon (10-0); 2. Auburn (11-0); 3.  TCU (11-0); 4. Boise State (10-0); 5. LSU (10-1).

Are you pulling for Auburn for sake of SEC?

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The question of whether a one-loss SEC team can make it into the BCS title game over an undefeated team from another conference has existed all season. But — at the risk of predicting the whims of voters or the probabilities of computers — I think that probably ended when Alabama (9-2) lost its second game of the season to LSU.

Try to follow:

♦ If Auburn, which is a four-point underdog to Alabama, loses at Tuscaloosa, it will have lost to a two-loss team. That hurts in computers.

♦ LSU has only one loss and could close the regular season with a win over Arkansas. The problem is that LSU won’t even make it into the SEC championship game (Auburn won the West Division). There is no BCS rule prohibiting a non-conference champion from being in the title game but I can’t see voters letting that happen. (I can’t speak for computers, and they’re not talking).

So Auburn losing to Alabama not only submarines its own title hopes, it submarines the conference. This would follow four straight BCS champions coming from the SEC (chronologically since 2006: Florida-LSU-Florida-Alabama).

So here’s the question: Do you care?

Some fans feel that once their team is out, they don’t care who wins it. Others pull for the division, the league, conference, the region, even the time zone.

True story: My father always has been a time zone guy. He starts on the West Coast, then works his way across the Rockies, through the Plains and eventually gets to Maine. Funny. He’s originally from Hoboken, New Jersey.

Anyway, I’ve got a poll up so let me hear ya. I guess this is mostly directed at Georgia fans:. Are you pulling for Auburn for the sake of the SEC?


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1,146 comments Add your comment

elvisaintdead

November 22nd, 2010
11:55 am

What’s it worth to you, Jeffy?
I ain’t cheap.

Richard

November 22nd, 2010
11:56 am

Actually Jeff, I’m pulling for Alabama for the sake of the BCS getting obliterated.

droopydawg

November 22nd, 2010
11:57 am

Normally I would root for an SEC team to make the BCS NC game, but after the UGA-Auburn game, I find myself hating the current Auburn team. The whole coaching staff was fired up about that thugged out s***head Fairley intentionally trying to hurt Murray after the game was decided. Chizik is slimy, and Newton should lose his amateur status.

The fun thing is that this will probably be the third consecutive time Auburn goes undefeated for a season and doesn’t get an NC (since this one will definitely be stripped even if they win out).

GO BAMA!

freehome dawg

November 22nd, 2010
11:57 am

Screw Auburn. I hope they lose the next three. They are dirty, as usual. SEC is better than AU.

Karl Hungus

November 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

If it were another team, the answer would probably be different. Auburn is not a likable team this year, and I hope they lose by 50 to Bama.

Aaron

November 22nd, 2010
11:59 am

Since I go to South Carolina, I want to beat an undefeated Auburn team in the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP.

Bob Didier Slept Here

November 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

JS,

I will DEFINITELY be pulling for the GameCocks as much as it pains me being a UGA fan. Plus, wouldn’t you consider USC to be a bigger story in some regards than Auburn?

Ostrich Racer

November 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

What Hungus said.

Ryan

November 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

Go Boise St.!

GTBob

November 22nd, 2010
12:00 pm

No, i’m not. Not because I don’t like Auburn, but because there is just too much of a shadow on their program right now and I don’t really want to see another MNC taken away like the USC situation.

Waycross Dawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

droopydawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

These comments are pretty one-sided so far.

Bradley G

November 22nd, 2010
12:02 pm

Let’s just say I’m not pulling against Auburn. That’s about as far as I can go.

Elvis the Peacock

November 22nd, 2010
12:03 pm

I’m pulling for Alabama because Auburn and its creepy quarterback are national disgraces.

Mark (another one)

November 22nd, 2010
12:04 pm

I agree with Richard. An Auburn loss, and a national title game without an SEC team will show the SEC that the BCS is NOT the national championship. With Boise and TCU playing high schools for most of the season, and the SEC beating up on itself, the SEC will pay a price. When they pull out of the BCS, we will finally get to determine the championship on the field.

Take each conference champion and the top five non-champions and play a play-off. I see where Ga Southern is in a play-off with 4 losses and a total of 20 teams made the bracket. Why not at the FBS level?

Matthew

November 22nd, 2010
12:08 pm

As a Georgia fan, I typically like to see the SEC win the championship. But based on the Newton drama and the way Auburn played against Georgia with the obscene late hits, I’m willing to have the SEC not play for the championship if it means Auburn fans lose that chance this late in the season. And, with a glass half full attitude, maybe a BCS buster winning the championship will cause the powers-at-be to rethink the current bowl structure and implement a play off system.

Bama Falcon

November 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Lets just say, not NO to Auburn, but %!#$% NO to Auburn, on winning anytime.

UGA Thugs

November 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

I Love the uGA fans who call auburn a bunch of thugs. Isnt it so easy to point blame in another team without looking into the mirror? uGA has had 11 arrests this year!!! 11!!! Back when Miami was Thug U they didn’t even have 11 arrests in one year. Calling another school a bunch of thugs is like Lou Holtz telling someone they have a speech impediment. So before you complain about Auburn just remember you own team is not a bunch of choir boys either.

As far as the Auburn Bama game, I am rooting for Bama so we can watch the implosion of the BCS (when SEC fans are irate their team isn’t in the Championship game since they are the best conference to ever exist) and finally have a playoff. Who here is honestly in favor of the BCS?

By the way- the SEC has by far the easiest non-conference schedule ever. You can argue you play the toughest teams every week all you want but non of your teams ever prove themselves during the season. I will admit they perform well in bowls but lets make watching football fun every week. No one wants to see Florida whoop up on FIU every year.

PonGT

November 22nd, 2010
12:09 pm

Your poll questions are not a fair assessment of the landscape. My team UGA is out, but I still care about who plays in the BCS … but I’m not pulling for Auburn for the sake of the SEC to have a representative in the Big GAme. I’m pulling for Alabama .. because I think Boise St should be playing in the Big Game … after all, they have the nation’s longest winning streak and began the season undefeated behind the defending national champions. Nobody has knocked them off … oh wait, I forgot … a buch of computer geeks that wouldn’t stand a chance against Boise on a football field beat them on their computers .. I keep forgetting about the geeks get to decide who’s best … Maybe that’s why they call id a Bull Crap System

dawg-gone

November 22nd, 2010
12:10 pm

Auburn is going from #2 nationally to #2 in their home state. #2 is what they are.

John

November 22nd, 2010
12:11 pm

If I was the BCS computer, I wouldn’t hold the fact that LSU isn’t playing in the SEC Title game against them. LSU has the misfortune of playing in the SEC West, where arguably, the three best teams in the entire conference reside.

If Auburn falls to ‘Bama (here’s hoping – I’m already tired of the Cam Newton’s act, payola rumors aside – see pic atop this blog), why not move LSU into their slot? You could argue that LSU’s one loss came to Auburn when both were undefeated.

Any computer that thinks Boise State or TCU are better than either a one-loss Auburn or LSU needs an enema – or whatever a computer gets to correct faulty logic.

ub

November 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

HE11 no they suck.

ScoutDawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:12 pm

Yes I would root for any other SEC team, but Awbarn, HELL NO!!!!!!!!!

Cincy Bulldog

November 22nd, 2010
12:14 pm

I was always an Auburn fan when T.T. was there, but after their display against Georgia I hope they lose their next three and go on probation. T.T. would have never allowed Fairley to play that way.

gbal

November 22nd, 2010
12:15 pm

another one –

I say take top 16 period. No auto qualifying for confrence champ. If your confrence doesnt have enough respect from the poles, voters, and computers to have you as a top 16 team as a confrence winner, you are not in in my book.

The goal is to determine the best team in the country period. We now have no clue if the best teams win… But put the top 16 in a playoff and you can rest assured that the best team is in the field.

droopydawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

arrest =/= to thug when it is a stupid driving or drinking offense. Headhunting to try to hurt someone is the definition of thuggish. UGA doesn’t play that way. Auburn does.

bamadawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

Roll Tide and Go Cocks!!!

droopydawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:18 pm

That was directed at “UGA Thugs”

droopydawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:19 pm

16 is an obscene number of teams and would cheapen the other bowls (which hurts the bottom line, which means it will never happen). There should be a +1 game. There has never been a time where a #5 team was “unfairly left out”.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:19 pm

Oh yeah!

WAR EAGLE! BEAT BAMA!

T2wagen

November 22nd, 2010
12:20 pm

I’m rooting for Auburn and that is who I’ve always rooted for. They have been robbed from a national championship before and it wouldn’t surprise me if it happens again. I rooted for Alabama last year too because of them representing that state of Alabama and the SEC. But if Auburn beats Alabama, you will hear a lot of fair weather Alabama fans changing their tune about Saban. But then again the typical norm for Alabama fans and the main reason I have no trouble rooting for Auburn anyway.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

droopydawg

Your sad little puppy dawgs had 6 penalties. Your sad little puppy dawgs SUCK!!!!!!

Typical Dawg fan: WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg fans are making Tebow look good right now.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

“Chizik is slimy”

Gotta love stupid people.

Mark in Woodstock

November 22nd, 2010
12:21 pm

Hope Auburn goes down hard….Not a fan of Auburn or the BCS and would like to see this current system blown up.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

freehome dawg

Your team had 11 players get arrested this year.

YOUR TEAM IS DIRTY!!!!!!!

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:22 pm

“Auburn is not a likable team this year”

Oh the stupidity runs rampant on the AJC sports blogs.

Andy

November 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

Too bad Dawgies, because most Aubies would be cheering for you guys if the situation was reversed. If you really think Fairley was trying to take out your QB, you’re falling for the same crap the sensationalist media want you to believe. Fairley has been flagged TWO times all year, pretty incredible for someone that good and aggressive. No one disputes the shot in the back was late and flagrant…it happens in big games with excited players. It’s football. I’m guessing UGA has had at least one late hit this season. But you need to watch the tape if you think the play that knocked him out was intentional.
The only team that called dirty plays in the huddle was UGA…a two-man chop block on Fairley (several times) and linemen punching and gouging him that led to the fight.
But whatever. AU is quite accustomed to being hated – occasionally deserved – and a media campaign to sink us. Take your best shot, Thayer, Barnhart & Co.!

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:23 pm

“GTBob”

Your school has graduated more Muslim terrorist than any other school in the US.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:24 pm

“the SEC has by far the easiest non-conference schedule ever.”

Auburn has beaten more ranked teams than any team in the top 25 this year.

jarvis

November 22nd, 2010
12:25 pm

There is a special place in hell for these 2010 Auburn Tigers.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

dawg-gone

I’ll wave to you from the SEC Championship. You know, since the Dawgs aren’t going to a bowl game this year.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

“There is a special place in hell for these 2010 Auburn Tigers.”

jarvis = Adolf Hitler

Coach Grohbo

November 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

A rematch of Oregon vs. Boise State would be fun.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

“I hope they lose their next three and go on probation.”

Not one of those three “hopes” will happen.

Sucks for you, loser.

Paul H

November 22nd, 2010
12:27 pm

Hey WAR EAGLE, UGA will go back to giving Auburn their annual beatings as usual next year when your one-trick-pony Newton is gone. Of course, that is provided the NCAA lets Auburn play football next year.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

59bulldawg

November 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

Maybe if another team was representing the SEC west but not Auburn. I will be pulling for Bama to lay the wood to the Tigers this year because of Mr. Fairley. Hope it ends up a laugher for Bama and Auburn is embarrassed on national tv.

BCS the only way to the top

November 22nd, 2010
12:28 pm

The best way to keep everyone unhappy is to continue the BCS. It is better than how the MNC was previously decided. A series of games would only insure that a low seed would sometimes upset a high seed and often the best team would not be champion. The team that wins would be the deepest team with all the extra games exhaustion and injury would play a big part. Teams that play an easy regular season would be fresher and have fewer injuries. This method would not be fair to a conference like the SEC.
I would also like to comment on the late hits on the GA QB. The late hits were called the last time he was hit he was blocked into Murray. I saw him act like an idiot later but the emotions of the moment had many players acting stupid. I cannot blame the GA linemen for wanting to protect their QB but overreacting helps noone.

WAR EAGLE

November 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Paul H

Auburn OWNS the all-time record against the crybabies of Athens.

LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!

Jeff

November 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

Pull for the Barn……you have to be joking…&*^&%& NO!!!!!I would pull for Hitler before I would pull for AHBarn. For the sake of the SEC….yeah Right….Mike Slive and his “do nothing” organization…..If the Barn makes it to the NC game I hope and pray they get blown away by whoever they play. SEC loyalty….LMAO….for everyone except that Barnyeard Birdies