"I think if they keep on playing the way they did tonight, they deserve to go to the national championship," senior quarterback David Greene says. "Just the way they're executing in all facets of the game. They're not shooting themselves in the foot. They're making plays. They're just playing good."
Greene's roommate, two-time All-American David Pollack, agrees that Auburn should have a chance to play for it all if the Tigers win their final two games.
David Greene is shown in action vs. the Tigers.
"Oh yeah, absolutely," Pollack says. "We'll see how they get ranked, but I think they could possibly jump up there and play in the national championship game. They could be the best team in the country. They played us the best that anybody's played us this year, definitely. I think it's the best team. On all cylinders they play well."
Georgia head coach Mark Richt, who has a vote in coaches poll, says this his team was simply "out-executed, out-coached and out-played" by the best team he has faced all season. "I've been voting them high," he says. "I think they're one of the best, if not they best team in the country. If they win the rest, I think they ought to be in the (Orange Bowl) game.
"They've done well all year," Richt says about the Tigers. "Even in the LSU game that was very close, they played well in that game against a very good football team. Since that time nobody has really challenged them. I was hoping we could challenge them some and make it a little bit tight for them, but it never did happen that way."
Before Saturday, Georgia hadn't lost a regular season game by 18 points or more since 1998. Richt says that his team lost to a better team. "I told (the players) that we got beat," he says. "We got whipped and that happens sometimes. It was against an undefeated team that was ranked three in the country. We didn't get whipped by somebody who wasn't playing well. Those guys are playing extremely well on both sides of the ball and in their kicking game. They've got great leadership and great players, and it showed tonight."
Auburn began the day ranked third in the AP Top 25 poll, the coaches poll and the Bowl Championship Series Standings. With its 24-6 win against the Bulldogs, Auburn has a strong chance of gaining ground against BCS number one Southern California and number two Oklahoma, a 30-3 winner over Nebraska on Saturday.