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Phillip's blog: Biggest game ever for Auburn

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Nothing that happens in the BCS National Championship Game against Oregon tonight can wipe away Auburn’s comeback from a 24-0 deficit at Alabama.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor,

Nothing that happens tonight can take away the Southeastern Conference championship.

Nothing that happens tonight can make comebacks from deficits of 17, 13, 14 and 24 points less remarkable.

Nothing that happens tonight can diminish what quarterback Cam Newton did in winning the Heisman Trophy.

But there are a lot of things that what happens tonight can do.

What happens tonight can make the 2010 Tigers, if not the most talented and most dominant, the most accomplished football team in Auburn’s proud history.

What happens tonight can give Auburn its third perfect record in the past 18 seasons. If that’s not an elite program, I don’t know what is.

What happens tonight can put to rest forever the notion that Auburn is anybody’s “little brother.”

What happens tonight can show you can win with good players who do things the right way. When is the last time you heard of an Auburn player being arrested?

What happens tonight can give Newton one more opportunity to laugh at his tormentors.

What happens tonight can give the tens of thousands of Auburn fans who made the long trek to Arizona memories for a lifetime.

Whether they win by 50, win by 1, lose by 50 or lose by 1, the 2010 Auburn Tigers have already proved they are a great football team. Based on the way Gene Chizik runs his program and the way he and his staff are recruiting, I don’t believe this will be Auburn’s last trip to the BCS National Championship. But it’s the first one, and there’ll never be another one of those.

It is, indeed, the biggest game an Auburn football team has ever played.

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