and Boise lost to 4-9 Washington in 07. Not to mention we got bitchslapped at home by that same midmajor. But, Bama followed up with 1 loss to the national champs in 08 and didn't give 2 rips about the Sugar Bowl, much like we didn't give 2 rips about the Rose Bowl in 06. You really think a team can get up for a game when they were 1 game away from the National Title game??
It simply doesn't happen, hell Auburn who didn't get a shot at it on 04 looked like crap against Va Tech in the Sugar Bowl but found a way to win it.