A giant upset in Week 14 shook up the BCS standings and will now create a new matchup for the BCS Championship Game.
Auburn became the first team to defeat Alabama this season, earning a 34-28 victory in the Iron Bowl, while Ohio State's late defensive stand against Michigan preserved the Buckeyes' title hopes. These and other results led to some pretty big changes to one of the final polls of the college football season.
Here is a look at the latest BCS rankings heading into Week 15.
|BCS Standings - Week 15|
The Iron Bowl was easily the most anticipated contest of the weekend, featuring two teams ranked in the Top Five of the BCS. The only loss for either side came in September when Auburn fell to LSU.
Auburn was able to come through with a win in this rivalry game thanks to a phenomenal performance on the ground and a pair of big plays late. The Tigers' potent rushing attack, led by Tre Mason, gashed Alabama's defense to the tune of 296 yards and two touchdowns on 52 attempts.
The improbable win was highlighted by Chris Davis' 100-plus-yard game-winning touchdown return as time expired. Davis fielded Adam Griffith's 57-yard field-goal attempt in the back of the end zone with no time remaining and took advantage of his blocks along the sideline to send Jordan-Hare Stadium into an uproar.
The loss drops Alabama a few spots in the standings to No. 4, while No. 3 Auburn will go on to the SEC Championship Game after clinching the SEC West title.
The Tigers will face No. 5 Missouri, which completed its surprising regular season with a win over No. 24 Texas A&M. This moved the squad to 7-1 in conference play in its second year in the SEC, which was good enough to win the SEC East.
As for the nation's new top-ranked team, Florida State won easily in The Swamp to hand Florida its seventh loss in a row following a 4-1 start.
With the win, the Seminoles will only need to come through in the ACC Championship Game against No. 20 Duke in order to secure a spot in the national championship.
Unlike the Gators, the Michigan Wolverines came to play in their rivalry game on Saturday and were a successful two-point conversion attempt away from stunning the No. 2-ranked Buckeyes in Ann Arbor, as Braxton Miller and Co. held on for a thrilling 42-41 victory.
Ohio State will now hope to remain undefeated in the Big Ten Championship Game against No. 10 Michigan State.
Aside from the title contenders, a number of other teams made big moves toward spots in BCS bowls. South Carolina, Stanford, Baylor, Arizona State and a few others earned impressive wins to put themselves in position for a prestigious finish to the year.
Additionally, No. 14 Northern Illinois now becomes the best chance for a non-AQ school to reach a BCS bowl after No. 23 Fresno State lost in a shootout against San Jose State. Northern Illinois defeated Western Michigan and now only needs a win in the MAC Championship to get into one of the bigger bowls for the second year in a row.
This week represented the end of the regular season for most conferences with the title games slated for Week 15. If any team is looking to impress voters and make a move in the standings, the time is now.
Otherwise, the squads at the top will simply have to just keep winning and hope for the best at this time next week.
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