Even The Great Saban had to admit it.
In the middle of Friday's post-game handshake, Alabama's coach moved close to Gene Chizik and uttered the obvious: "Great comeback."
The two words are beginning to define Auburn's season. After Saturday's stirring 28-27 win in the Iron Bowl, it's becoming a lot easier to concentrate on the football portion of the Tigers. Off the field, they are a mystery until the NCAA gets through with them. On the field, they are playing with the resolve known only to crooked politicians.
While the world is collapsing around them, they continue to smile and do their jobs. That job is now down to beating South Carolina next week. Do that and Auburn is in the national championship game.
"God," Chizik said, "is good."
Fitting that the Auburn coach brought religion into the equation. That's what the Iron Bowl is the folks of Alabama. What they saw Friday is one of the all-time Auburn-Alabama games. The Tide obviously used iup their emotional ammo in the first quarter going up 24-0. From there, Auburn regrouped and outscored the Tide 28-3. Auburn's Comeback Kids are now 4-0 when trailing by 10-plus this season. The win was their eighth this season when trailing at any point in the game.
Comeback? Two years ago Chizik's hire was a joke, Cam Newton was transferring from Florida and Alabama was ramping up to win a national championship. Now it all seems so long ago.
What we've witnessed to date is as much a movie as it is a season. Don't laugh. Saban already has one. Auburn's close up is getting, well, closer.