In a season defined by disbelief, the unlikely achieved the improbable. Except, of course, that one BCS title game constant.
To truly understand what Monday's win means to Auburn's faithful, view the Tigers' accomplishments through the prism of five decades' worth of near-misses, shared titles and close calls.
Alabama has been the more impressive team heading into the BCS title game, but Texas has the edge if history is any indication.
Texas' offensive line had a disastrous outing in the Big 12 title game. Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh won't be around again, but the going only gets tougher (and bigger) with Terrence Cody and Alabama's defense on deck.