Auburn: 9-1 (5-1 SEC West, second)
BCS Ranking: No. 7
Worst Possible Bowl: Outback
Best Possible Bowl: Sugar
After a three-win season a year ago, the Tigers are set to lose less games than they won in 2012. Gus Malzahn has proven his potential, making this year's Iron Bowl the SEC's biggest game yet.
Last year's 49-0 drubbing at the hands of rival Alabama seems like such a distant memory.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide isn't the only challenge left on the schedule. The Georgia Bulldogs are clambering for the upper rungs of the SEC ladder and have a lot of room for movement. Getting several key players back from injury will help.
If the Tigers are caught looking ahead at a potential SEC Western Division-deciding Iron Bowl, they could very easily lose to Georgia. That loss would end the dream of stealing the SEC West out from under Alabama.
Back-to-back losses would likely drop Auburn down past the Cotton Bowl into range of the Outback and Capitol One bowls. Still, this has been a tremendous season for the Tigers and the SEC West has gotten that much more murderous.
Change that Georgia matchup to a win, though, and everything gets very interesting.
With Auburn's single loss in SEC action, wins over Georgia and Alabama put the Tigers in a tie with the Crimson Tide for the SEC West. With the head-to-head victory, Auburn would suddenly find itself in Atlanta playing in the SEC Championship Game.
A BCS bid, despite being so tremendously unexpected at the beginning of the season, might just have Auburn fans wondering "what if." With Ohio State, Baylor, and Florida State all undefeated, the Tigers would need to not only be perfect for the remainder of the season (with some style points included) but at least two of those teams to lose in order to compete for its second national title.
A BCS Championship appearance seems unlikely enough to ignore it for now, but it's something to keep an eye on if top teams start falling.