Auburn finished the season 13-0, but was snubbed by the BCS rankings – which left the Tigers outside the Top 2 spots.
Auburn players, coaches and fans were forced to watch the most lopsided BCS Championship Game, in which Southern California dismantled Oklahoma 55-19.
Auburn also had an undefeated 11-0 season in 1993, but were banned from participation in the SEC Championship Game and a bowl game because it was serving a two-year penalty for NCAA rules infractions.
The 2010 Tigers are having another fairy tale season (even without quarterback Cameron Newton’s Halloween costume).
The Heisman frontrunner dressed up as the Tooth Fairy in the team’s Halloween costume contest.
Auburn is once again undefeated and in control of its own destiny in the SEC title race. The difference this season is that the Tigers also control their BCS destiny – they are currently ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings behind Oregon.
Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton (left) dressed up as the Tooth Fairy at the team’s Halloween costume contest. But did he take more than the money under the pillow? Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton (left) dressed up as the Tooth Fairy at the team’s Halloween costume contest. But did he take more than the money under the pillow? Another difference this season is the ongoing alleged recruiting scandal involving an agent that claimed to represent Newton.
Reports that a former Mississippi State player, and current sports agent, shopped Newton’s letter of intent to MSU for a reported $180,000 has many questioning the quarterback’s honesty, eligibility and Auburn’s legitimacy as a title contender.
Are the Tigers an eligible title contender, or is it all a scam?
Will the cheers of “War Cam Eagle” turn into painful regrets of “War S‘Cam’ Eagle”?
One thing is clear – Newton’s abilities on the field. With everything going on around him, that’s all he can control at this point.
To this point in the season, he has pulled further and further ahead in the ESPN Heisman rankings with each performance.
Will the controversy affect Heisman voters?
Newton is the primary reason Auburn is an SEC and BCS title contender, and his numbers speak for themselves:
¦ Total Yards: 3,036 ¦ Total Touchdowns: 34
¦ Passer Rating: 182.77 (2nd nationally)
¦ Passing Yards: 1,890
¦ Passing Touchdowns: 19 (T-19th nationally; leader has 26)
¦ Rushing Yards: 1,146 (4th nationally)
¦ Rushing Touchdowns: 15 (2nd nationally)
Newton also has a touchdown catch to his credit, making him a legitimate triple threat.
He has the Auburn offense moving at a blistering pace. Take a look at the numbers the Tigers are putting up:
¦ Total Offense: 509.4 yards/game (6th in nation/1st in SEC)
¦ Scoring Offense: 42.2 points/game (6th in nation/1st in SEC)
¦ Rushing Offense: 307.2 yards/game (4th in nation/1st in SEC)
But due to the nature of the recruiting scandal, some
are already willing to disregard those accomplishments and dismiss Newton and Auburn.
One FoxSports.com writer has already assumed Newton’s and Auburn’s guilt and advised all Heisman voters not to vote for him. This is coming despite a lack of any formal allegations against either Newton or Auburn.
At this point, that’s completely unfair. Without any formal accusations of wrongdoing or any clear supporting evidence, Newton nor Auburn should suffer.
If rules were indeed broken and Newton is deemed ineligible, Auburn will suffer harshly by enduring another fairy tale season with a sad ending.
If Bama has its way, the fairy tale ends on Nov. 26 in Tuscaloosa.