The Auburn football team will get an invitation to play in the New Year's Day Outback Bowl, according to bowl President Jim McVay.
The only thing that could mess that up is the highly unlikely event that the loser of the Florida-Alabama game falls out of the Bowl Championship Series. The winner is expected to go to Pasadena for the national championship game and the loser will likely end up in the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl.
"We're going to extend and invitation to Auburn if the BCS takes both Florida and Alabama," McVay said Saturday at halftime of the SEC Championship game.
The rumor all week is the Tampa Bowl would break with tradition and pick the 7-5 Tigers out of the SEC Western Division. Traditionally. the bowl has taken an Eastern Division team.
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Who Auburn plays will likely not be decided until tomorrow.
It will likely be 8-4 Northwestern or 8-3 Wisconsin, both out of the Big 10.
"Don't assume anything," McVay said.
The Outback Bowl had the choice of six conference teams locked at 7-5.
"We haven't had a Western Division team in 13 years," McVay said. "Why would we not take Auburn?"