AU a "Hot" Pick for A Bowl Game, Jacobs Says

Auburn, Ala.--Athletic director Jay Jacobs says Auburn's strong finish makes the Tigers one of the most desirable teams for a postseason bowl trip.

Jacobs, a former Auburn football player who is wrapping up his first year as athletic director, says that he expects the Tigers will be playing in a prestigious bowl game vs. a desirable opponent, but says he doesn't know where that will be.

The best case scenario for the Tigers would be an invitation into the BCS eight-team mix as a selection by the Fiesta Bowl.

"I think it is a possibility," Jacobs says. "I think we are one of the top four hottest teams in the nation. I think the way we beat our two rivals, two Top 10 teams, in a matter of seven days at the end of the year, I think that people have to look at that.

"I think the way that our fans travel and the passion they have, people have to look at that," Jacobs adds. "I think we are in it. It will come down to the decision on what is best for the bowl."

Jacobs notes the Tigers have made it clear to officials at the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe that the Tigers are very interested in making the trip to the Arizona desert.

"We certainly want those folks to know, and we have made it known, that we will travel people--16,000 to 20,000 depending on the matchup and where it is," Jacobs says. "Our people are ready to go. We didn't go to the (SEC) championship game."

Quarterback Brandon Cox leads the SEC's top-rated offense.

If Auburn is invited to the Fiesta Bowl, a possible opponent would be Notre Dame, a team the Tigers have never played in football. If that happens, Jacobs says it would be very easy to sell tickets to that matchup. "I think we could sell everything we could get," he says. There is no doubt about it."

The most likely destination for the 9-2 Tigers appears to be the Capital One in Orlando. Jacobs says that is a definite possibility and notes that Auburn could be in Tampa for the Outback Bowl or Dallas for the Cotton Bowl.

Jacobs says he has been working with SEC Commissioner Mike Slive on the bowl scenarios and will be with him over the weekend at the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. "Commissioner Slive has done a wonderful job of keeping me informed on what is going on," Jacobs says.

"The Fiesta, Capital One, Cotton and Outback, all of those are in play right now," he adds. "I don't have any assurances of anything happening until after Saturday night depending on who all wins and loses."

It will probably be Sunday evening before everything is sorted out on where the Tigers and the other SEC bowl teams will be playing.


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