Dec. 1, 2013
Auburn celebrates its Iron Bowl victory in Jordan-Hare Stadium (Lauren Barnard photo)
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn is now the No. 3 in the nation following its crazy 34-28 win over Alabama in the Iron Bowl on Saturday night, and the school's athletics director says the Tigers deserve a shot at another BCS title game should it win the SEC title game Saturday in Atlanta.
Auburn moved to No. 3 in the AP, coaches and Harris polls Sunday. Auburn received two first-place votes in the AP poll and is within easy shouting distance of No. 2 Ohio State in the coaches poll. The Harris and coaches polls account for two-thirds of the BCS standings. The remaining third is an average score of six computers used by the BCS.
The new BCS standings will be released Sunday night.
The new Top 3 has No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Auburn. Alabama fell from No. 1 to No. 4. The top two teams will play in the BCS title game. Auburn was No. 4, and Alabama was No. 1, last week.
Jacobs said he was moved by the win over Alabama as he was looking out at the thousands and thousands of fans who rushed the field, covering it a massive sea of orange and blue.
"My thoughts were, 'this is what it's all about.' This is what the Auburn family deserves. And this is what the passion of college football is all about," Jacobs said on ESPN radio Sunday morning.
Jacobs also did a little campaigning, saying the winner of the SEC Championship Game between Auburn and Missouri deserves to be in the BCS title game.
"Whether it's us or Missouri, the winner of the SEC Championship Game belongs in Pasadena. A one-loss SEC team belongs in Pasadena," Jacobs said. "We've got the best college football conference in the nation. We've won seven straight BCS titles.
"Auburn has beaten four ranked teams, two in the Top 10. We beat the No. 1 team last night. Everybody wants to talk about next year and the four-team playoff. We had it last night: 1 versus 4. And we beat them. We should be in the game if we beat Missouri, which will be a tough challenge for our team to do. Missouri is playing very, very well. But if do, or Missouri wins, a one-loss SEC team belongs in Pasadena. It's just that simple."
Jacobs also campaigned for head coach.
"I'll tell you this, Gus Malzahn, who is the best coach in the nation, should be, without a doubt, the national coach of the year," Jacobs said.
Jacobs said Malzahn won't be distracted with such talk, or BCS talk for that matter, not with an SEC Championship Game to play.
"He will have them on point," Jacobs said. "I shook his hand last night on the field, and I said, 'Great win, Gus' and he said, 'It is great. We've got to get ready for Atlanta.' I'm there with my family and everybody is hugging and everybody is crying and Gus is just thinking, 'What's next?' That's just the kind of guy he is. It's what makes him a great football coach."
Also, Malzahn's will to run against Alabama and its touted defense.
"All week long Gus had been telling me, 'Jay, where people make the mistake against Alabama is they try to do something different.' He said, 'Jay, we're going to do what we do. We're going to run the ball. We'll have to throw it a little bit more, but we're going to run the ball. We've made a living doing that. We're going to hand that ball to Tre Mason and let Nick Marshall run it on the give-read. That's what we're doing..."
And that's what beat Alabama.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine