You all know I'm an SEC fan, so here's the thing about Auburn's loss at home to Arkansas:
The whole thing about the SEC (and its fans) griping about how a one-loss team should still be considered a BCS title-game contender, because the degree of difficulty in the conference is so much tougher than any other conference.
Fair enough. But that's predicated on the powers -- Auburn, LSU, Florida, Georgia -- beating on each other, round-robin style.
It's easier to claim you're an awesome one-loss team when you lose by, say, a point on the road to another team in the BCS Top 10. You've got a case.
And therein lies Auburn (and the SEC's) problem:
To an unranked team.
I had them at No. 2, and in my next Top 25 ballot, I'm going to drop them completely out of the Top 10, if not into the high teens. (Certainly Arkansas will get a HUGE boost -- I'm going to put THEM into the high teens.)
So now Auburn could run the table and still have zero cred with that ass-kicking at home to an unranked team on their resume. And, all of a sudden, even if LSU runs the rest of THEIR table, they lost to a team that lost at home to an unranked team. See how it builds on itself?
As far as I'm concerned, both Auburn and LSU are done. (Hell, LSU was done as soon as they lost to Auburn, but now -- even if every other contender has one loss -- LSU's loss seems that much more pathetic, because Auburn's loss was so ultimately pathetic.)
It's looming larger now than ever: The SEC isn't going to have any team emerge unbeaten, because the league is so freaking brutal. When an unranked non-factor can go on the road and completely stomp the league's top-ranked team (and No. 2 overall), THAT's a tough league.