There is no argument that Auburn and Oregon deserve to be in the MNC if they win out. Despite my personal opinion that Boise would beat both of those teams, the superiority of their schedule is undeniable. HOWEVER, if Auburn loses in the SEC title game, it in no way deserves to be in the MNC ahead of either of those two teams. It would not have won its conference(neither would LSU) and the precedent as of 2006 has been set that winning your conference is a prerequisite for playing for the MNC(which if UM fans were honest, most would agree is a fair assessment). Now if you want to go down to Wisconsin, OSU(or not since they'll have two losses), MSU, etc. we'll have a discussion. But in no way does a one loss non-champion SEC team deserve a berth over TCU or Boise for the MNC.
"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.