Auburn has faced tougher road

If Auburn finishes the season undefeated, it will be much more deserving of a shot at USC.

Originally Published: November 12, 2004
By Todd McShay | Scouts, Inc.
The BCS standings, computer rankings and polls may not agree, but Auburn is the second best team in college football right now. The Tigers are more versatile on offense, more athletic on defense and more explosive on special teams than Oklahoma.

Tommy Tuberville's club has a significantly better chance of beating USC in the Orange Bowl than the Sooners. If Auburn finishes the regular season undefeated, and emerges victorious from the SEC championship game, it will be much more deserving of a shot at the Trojans.

Here are the central reasons why:

Todd McShay

ESPN Senior Writer