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Bowl Projections 2013: How Wild Day of Action Shakes Up BCS Picture

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers is surrounded after scoring the winning touchdown to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide 34 to 28 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIINovember 2, 2016

In one of the most astonishing games and finishes in college football history, the No. 4 Auburn Tigers upset the No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 34-28. Auburn returned a missed field goal as time expired in regulation, leading to the ultimate form of pandemonium.

The question is, what does a wild day of action mean for the BCS title picture?

BCS Bowl Projections
GameTeamTeam
BCS National ChampionshipFlorida StateOhio State
Fiesta BowlOklahoma StateNorthern Illinois
Orange BowlClemsonAlabama
Rose BowlStanfordMichigan State
Sugar BowlAuburnUCF
via Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

 

And Then There Were Two

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates on the field with quarterback Kenny Guiton #13 and quarterback Cardale Jones #12 after defeating the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 in a game at Michigan Stadium
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Whether you like them, love them, hate them or loathe them, there are only two undefeated teams in the national championship picture: the No. 2 Florida State Seminoles and No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. The No. 14 Northern Illinois Huskies are also 12-0, but they seem to be an afterthought.

With this in mind, it's to be expected that Florida State and Ohio State are the current favorites to participate in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game.

If that proves to be the case, it'd be the first time since 2005 that the title game would be held without an SEC team. Since then, all seven of the BCS champions have been from the Southeastern Conference.

It's worth noting that 2005 was the year in which the Texas Longhorns defeated the USC Trojans in a classic 41-38 affair. That event was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., where the 2014 title affair will transpire.

As the BCS system reaches its end, it's only fitting that the SEC is locked out after an extended period of dominance. It's even more fitting that the team that has won 24 straight games, Ohio State, is finally in line for a title opportunity.

Just don't think that anything is set in stone.

 

The Other Three

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts in the fourth quarter against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

With the conference championship games looming, there are only three other teams that are in position to compete for the BCS National Championship. Those squads are the 11-1 trio of Alabama, Auburn and the Missouri Tigers.

Each one of those teams needs some help to get into the championship game, but the door is still open.

Alabama will not play in the SEC Championship Game, but it shouldn't see too steep of a decline after its loss to Auburn. It would've been more ideal for Missouri to fall to Texas A&M in their season-closer, but the door is always open for Nick Saban's crew.

The two Tigers teams, meanwhile, will meet in the SEC Championship Game with the opportunity to move to 12-1. Whichever team emerges could represent the SEC and thus make a surprise appearance in the BCS National Championship Game.

There's a possibility that either Auburn or Missouri could leapfrog Ohio State in the BCS rankings. Whether fair or foul, the Buckeyes have received limited amounts of respect throughout the year, and the SEC is still the favorite conference for the BCS.

If there's one thing that you need to know, it's this: Nothing has been decided.

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