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Six years ago, I was in Atlanta. It was my senior year at Auburn, and my dad and I watched as my undefeated Auburn Tigers beat the Tennessee Volunteers 38-28 to take the SEC Championship. But, alas, it was a bittersweet moment as we also watched UCLA fall short of beating Southern California, thus insuring Auburn would be left out of the three-way tie that would result in Southern Cal and Oklahoma playing for the National Title.

Southern Cal walloped Oklahoma 55-19 in that game. I'm not saying Auburn would've won, but I can damn well guarantee we would have put more than 19 points on the board. So Auburn went on to beat Virginia Tech in a meaningless bowl game and I got drunk (because, if there's one thing I'm good at, it's fucking drinking).

But at the same time, I thought, that was the end of that. It had been 11 years since the last time Auburn had gone undefeated, and I thought it would be just as long until we might have a chance of doing it again. In the meantime, we went through the hell that was the 2008 season, fired Tommy Tuberville and made the strangest hire in Gene Chizik, who was 5-19 at Iowa State.

We had a respectable 2009, but stood on the sidelines as the fucking Alabama Crimson Tide won a National Title.

Fast forward a year. I watched (well, halfway before I had to leave for the company Christmas party, followed the rest on my phone) as Auburn absolutely walloped South Carolina to the tune of 56-17 to cap another undefeated season and bring home another SEC title. But this time it was different.

But unlike 2004, Auburn isn't standing on the inside looking out. Auburn is ranked number one in the BCS.

Not in a million years did I see this coming this year. We stared out way back at 22. Now, we sit at number one, and with only 1 team in the top 10 now that started the year there, it proves what a wild season it's been (and how useless pre-season polls are).

So it all comes down to this. I can't believe I'm even typing this: January 10th in Glendale, Arizona, Auburn will play Oregon for the NATIONAL TITLE.
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