It's almost like the swallows returning to Capistrano.
When undefeated Auburn was left out of the BCS title game of 2004, a defiant Commissioner Mike Slive vowed it would never happen again.
He was wrong, but not for long.
Since 2008, in fact, the hardware hasn't left the state of Alabama. The Crimson Tide won in 2009, followed by Auburn, followed by consecutive titles by Alabama.
The Crimson Tide looked sluggish in its 20-7 win at Mississippi State, but it had no impact on Alabama's quest to win a third straight title.
Auburn needed an all-time fluke touchdown catch to beat Georgia, but that win lifted the Tigers to 10-1 with a Nov. 30 showdown looming against the Crimson Tide.
Oregon is ahead of Auburn now in the BCS standings but won't be if Auburn defeats Alabama.
Don't bother comparing the defeats: Oregon lost by six points at then-No. 5 Stanford, and Auburn lost by 14 at then-No. 6 Louisiana State.
Blah . . . blah . . . blah.
The sun may set in the West, but the BCS standings set over Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Auburn's "win" should have made nervous all contenders outside of Tuscaloosa and Tallahassee.
But what happens if Auburn defeats Alabama in two weeks and ends up winning the SEC title with a 12-1 record?
Florida State would move up to No. 1, and then what?
Unless you think Slive would say, "Nah, we've won enough, give the Big 12 a chance."
Sunday's BCS standings set the stage for an exciting closing act, with the top four teams lined up in order: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and Baylor.