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Phillip's blog: No reason for AU fans to fret

It must have been Jesse Palmer's night to create debate Sunday night. On the weekly BCS Countdown show, Palmer showed a remarkable lack of knowledge about Auburn football. Pretty inexcusable for a guy in his position.

Phillip Marshall, Senior Editor,

Of course, Palmer had a pretty hard job. It's not easy to minimize four wins over teams in the BCS top 20, but he tried.

Anyway, here's what excited Auburn supporters need to understand: None of this matters. It doesn't matter that the Tiger fell to No. 2 in BCS standings behind Oregon. That wasn't surprising, considering the Ducks are No. 1 in the polls.

It doesn't matter what one talking head or another says or what one columnist or another writes. It doesn't matter if Lou Holtz continues to call Auburn a one-man team and it doesn't matter if Palmer makes statements he can't back up.

If Auburn is 13-0, it will play in the BCS Championship Game. No one argues that. If it isn't, it almost certainly won't, though I guess there is an outside chance of a one-loss Tiger team getting in if enough stuff happened.

For the first time in a long time, maybe ever, the Tigers have put themselves in position after nine games to win a national championship with no help from anybody.

The computers like Auburn the best, but the voters like Oregon the best. And the polls are 2/3 of the formula. Personally, I think the polls ought to be the total formula. Any computer program has the bias of the programmer built into it. But that's a story for another day.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik said Sunday winning games is his only focus, and that's as it should be.

There's a breather Saturday against Chattanooga, then things get serious. To play on the biggest stage in the sport, the Tigers will have beat Georgia home, beat Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium and beat South Carolina or Florida in the SEC Championship Game.

Is this good enough to pull that off? It certainly has a chance. And right now, that's all that really matters.

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