Whether it be in Washington, D.C., Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, or Auburn, Ala., it makes people say crazy things.
The BCS isn't immune.
Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs went to bat for third-ranked Auburn after the Tigers' thrilling 34-28 win over previously top-ranked Alabama on Saturday night, stating his case that the SEC Championship Game winner—whether it be 11-1 Missouri or 11-1 Auburn—should rank in the top two of the final BCS standings and earn a berth in the BCS National Championship Game.
His platform? American pride.
"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. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team," Jacobs told USA Today following the win.
"It's already happened in 2004, and it would be a disservice to the nation if we got left out."
This comes as the opening act to Jacobs telling ESPN's SportsCenter that a one-loss SEC champ being left out of the title game would be "un-American."
Au contraire, it'd be very American. It'd actually be the most American thing ever.
The BCS is a popularity contest, and popularity contests dominate every aspect of American culture.
Whether it be Hollywood celebrities, the musicians that establish their careers through the 913 reality television shows out there, or the way we elect our government officials, everything about this entire situation screams "America."
It's a beauty contest. It always has been. What looks better on paper, Ohio State's unblemished record or a one-loss SEC champ that will have a tougher strength of schedule but a crooked number in the loss column?
What's more important is in the eye of the beholder, which is the very essence of America.
Choices. Personal choices.
For Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, Auburn's one loss—a 35-21 loss to LSU in September—should be too much to overcome.
Oh, Jay just stop. Your boys also lost by 2 tds to a three-loss LSU.— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) December 2, 2013
For Clay Travis of Fox Sports and OutKickTheCoverage.com, Ohio State's strength of schedule, presumably, should keep it out of the title game.
Here's my national top five: 1. Auburn 2. Alabama 3. Florida State 4. Mizzou 5. Ohio State: http://t.co/ethxGaFIAv— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) December 1, 2013
Different strokes for different folks. In other words, "America."
Politics makes people say crazy things. Between irrational promises, mudslinging and negative campaigning, chalk Jacobs' comment as just that.
For the next week, there will likely be plenty more from representatives of several title game contenders.