Is Gene Chizik an exceptional coach or the luckiest man in the world?
It's nearly impossible to argue with success and today the second-year Auburn coach sits atop the college football world after his Tigers won the Bowl Championship Series title.
But only 758 days ago, Chizik was not held in such high regard. He was coach at Iowa State and had a two-year record of 5-19. His teams were undisciplined and the coaching staff disorganized. Against Kansas in 2008, the Cyclones blew a 20-0 halftime lead, a season in which the team failed to win a Big 12 game.
Even on the national stage, Nick Fairley couldn't help himself. The Auburn defensive tackle, often called the dirtiest player in college football, got flagged for a penalty after messing with LaMichael James' facemask at the bottom of a pile during Monday's game. 30fps has an animated gif of Fairley's cheapie.
Stewart Mandel of SI.com tweeted after the game that James said his postgame conversation with Fairley was "all love" but "I told him he was cheating because he kept grabbing my facemask."
Who is going to win tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game between Auburn and Oregon? For the fourth year in a row, The Wiz presents the Mother of All BCS Title Game Prediction Posts.
A new twist this year. At the end of the post, readers are invited to vote in two polls. The first asks which team will cover the spread. At the time of this post, Auburn is favored by two points. The second asks if the total number of points will go over or under 73.
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Auburn and Oregon fans gathered Sunday in the Valley of the Sun for the BCS Fan Experience. Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin was on hand to catch all the festivities. There are more photos after the jump and you can view Greg's full gallery by clicking here.