Maybe USC would have clobbered Auburn too, but Oklahoma's weak effort makes one wonder how valuable the pre-season polls are. Although Auburn had a tougher schedule, they were penalized by beginning the season in the teens. Sportswriters made it impossible for Auburn to be recognized for their 13-0 season.
It shouldn't matter where you start but where you finish. It's un-American to allow kingmakers to pick champions when the champion can be decided on the field. Until college football develops a playoff system the sport is merely an exhibition of random teams and not a true competition looking for the real McCoy.