Sunday, December 1, 2013


Jay Jacobs
Following the University of Auburn's miraculous victory over Alabama on Saturday evening, the school's athletic director, Jay Jacobs, stated in an interview with ESPN that it would be "un-American" for a one-loss SEC team to be shutout of the BCS Championship game in favor of an undefeated Ohio State.

He then reiterated those sentiments to the USA Today newspaper later in the day.

"An SEC team can't get left out with one loss," Jacobs said. "We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation, and a team ahead of us struggled today." He was referring to the Buckeyes' 42-41 victory at Michigan. 

"And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it's us or Missouri — you can't get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team," Jacobs continued. "We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team ...

"It would be a disservice to the nation if we got left out."

This is the most idiotic statement uttered from a university administrator since former OSU president Gordon Gee said ... well ... anything.

Un-American? A disservice to the nation? Putting an unbeaten team from an FBS power conference in the championship game — that has won a nation's best 24 consecutive games — over a team that has a two-touchdown loss on their resume is unpatriotic? Really?

Wow! You have to love that southern logic. No wonder they lost the war.

First, I am not into public opinion, because I have come to the conclusion after nearly 40 years on this Earth that the public's opinion is usually uneducated, being persuaded by bells, whistles and ESPN-manufactured image over substance and facts.

Jacobs is saying that if Auburn or Missouri wins the SEC title, regardless of what happens or has happened, they get their Pasadena ticket punched. He said they have the better argument because they beat the "No. 1 team." 

Well, Alabama was No. 1 because of the "opinion" of the public. It isn't a fact, it is a belief. These are the same opinions that cried, "Clemson should go! Ok, Oregon should go! Hold up, Stanford! For real, though, it's Baylor! Wait ... who's gonna play Alabama, because they are definitely the best?" 

Excuse me if I greatly devalue the credibility of the voters.

What I like to look at is wins and statistics, you know, actual facts.

Let's breakdown the "facts" between Auburn and Ohio State, assuming each win their conference championship games Saturday against Missouri and Michigan State, respectively ...

— Victories against FBS teams with winning records: Ohio State 7, Auburn 6.

— Victories against FBS teams with eight wins or more: Ohio State 4, Auburn 4.

— FBS ranking in total offense: Ohio State 6th (530.5), Auburn 15th (491.0).

— FBS ranking in scoring offense: Ohio State 3rd (48.2), Auburn 17th (38.6).

— Victories against FBS teams with top 10 defenses: Ohio State 3, Auburn 1.

— FBS ranking in total defense: Ohio State 30th (355.8), Auburn 75th (414.3)

— FBS ranking in scoring defense: Ohio State 18th (20.3), Auburn 31st (22.5).

— Total touchdowns scored: Ohio State 3rd (79), Auburn 13th (61).

And most importantly ...

— Number of wins: Ohio State 12, Auburn 11.

— Number of losses: Ohio State 0, Auburn 1.

— Number of losses by two touchdowns: Ohio State 0, Auburn 1.

Of course, those who have an anti-Big Ten agenda (ESPN and most of the sheep media) will say that the Buckeyes wouldn't be as successful if they had to play in the SEC. But again, this is an opinion, not a fact. 

If we were in the court of law the judge would rule Jacob's and the public's argument as purely speculative. Not factual.

But numbers? Those are facts. Numbers don't lie. Even ESPN will tell you that.

Sorry, Jacobs ... but the American way of life isn't going to be in jeopardy if your Tigers play in New Orleans, instead of Pasadena.