In a season defined by disbelief, the unlikely achieved the improbable. Except, of course, that one BCS title game constant.
Whether it is an anomaly or the pendulum swinging back to the bad old days is debatable, but recent headlines indicate college football is up to its headgear in ethical quicksand.
As Auburn basks in the glory of its national championship win, Gene Chizik prepares his team for life as a defending champion absent many of the faces that helped deliver the trophy.
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.
Only Auburn and Oregon reached the BCS title game. Why did the Tigers and Ducks make it? Let the players and coaches explain how they did it.
His runs and passes will long live in Auburn lore, but Cam Newton brought more than athletic skills to the Plains. He established himself as a leader the Tigers could follow all the way to the BCS title game.