The 2004 Auburn Tigers: Still Not the FWAA's Champ, and That's Good
If you haven't heard yet, the Football Writers' Association of America released their decision today. They stripped USC of the 2004 title, but they did not award it Auburn or Oklahoma.
All I have to say is, "Thank God it's over."
All the talk about a retroactive championship looks pretty pointless now. That was 2004, this is 2010. Every Auburn fans knows that team was the best in the nation. Turns out, Tiger fans, that's all that is needed. As long as you know that the team played the best it could and didn't lose a game, there is no failure.
Also, even if the FWAA did award Auburn, seeing as AU only claims titles from the BCS, Coaches' Poll, AP, or UPI, would Auburn even claim it? They wouldn't put up a banner or throw a Toomer's Party. They would just accept the Grantland Rice Trophy, put it in the case, and move on with it.
That is the right move.
It's 2010. The future is brighter than it has been in a long, long time. The offense looks like it will live in the end zone even more than it did last season, and the defense looks like it won't. Gene Chizik has proved he can coach in the SEC. Spirits are high just a week away from kickoff against Arkansas State.
With the FWAA's decision to just vacate the title, all the talk may finally end after six years. There is no national champion in 2004. It may not be Auburn, but it isn't USC or Oklahoma either, so either you think Auburn was the best or you don't. But thank goodness, it won't change a thing. It's finally over.
Now, LET'S PLAY SOME FOOTBALL!
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