The just-ended rivalry week ranks among the best that college football has seen in forever.
Now comes the hangover.
Welcome to whining week, that time of year when everybody from the university president to the second-string long snapper for the program most likely to be spurned by the Bowl Championship Series tries his hand at lobbying.
First in line was Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs, whose 11-1 Tigers were ranked No. 3 Sunday night in the next-to-last BCS standings of the season, behind unbeatens Florida State and Ohio State, respectively. Jacobs didn't even wait to see the official result; he knew what was coming. And so he began howling some 24 hours earlier, just moments after Tigers' running back Chris Davis put his foot down in the end zone Saturday night to seal the Tigers' wacky upset over mighty Alabama.
Right after the game, Jacobs actually said "it would be a disservice to the nation" if Auburn were to win next weekend's Southeastern Conference title against No. 5 Missouri and still be denied a chance to play for the national championship at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6. Given a night to sleep on it, he doubled down.
"This is inarguable," Jacobs said Sunday. "I think it would be, quite frankly, un-American for us not to get a chance to go to Pasadena."
This seems like the perfect time to remind him that stifling competition was exactly why guys like Jacobs created the BCS — and its previous incarnations — in the first place. Nearly two decades ago, the power brokers running college football's major conferences hijacked the sport's postseason to make certain the choice spots in the big-money bowls went to their friends. If occasionally that meant choosing one friend over another, well, no need to take it personal; that's just how business works.