The No. 4-ranked Auburn Tigers pulled off the win of the year with their thrilling 34-28 victory over No. 1 Alabama. There is some debate as to whether the win should vault the Tigers ahead of the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes.
Ohio State is still undefeated, but it barely escaped with a 42-41 win over unranked Michigan on Saturday. Should the BCS be a slave to "the undefeated teams trump one-loss teams" rule, or should voters ask themselves one simple question: Is Ohio State a better team than Auburn or Alabama?
If the latter logic wins out, the Buckeyes should be fourth, Alabama third and Auburn second in the next BCS standings. We'll find out for sure on Sunday night. For now, here's a look at the bowl projections, per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports, following a wild Week 14 in college football.
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||Pasadena, Calif..||Florida State vs. Ohio State|
|Orange||Jan. 3||Miami, Fla.||South Carolina vs. Alabama|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. UCF|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||Glendale, Ariz.||Okla. State vs. N. Illinois|
|Rose||Jan. 1||Pasadena, Calif.||Michigan State vs. Stanford|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 5||Mobile, Ala.||Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||Birmingham, Ala.||Miss. State vs. Rutgers|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||Arlington, Tex.||Baylor vs. LSU|
|Outback||Jan. 1||Tampa, Fla.||Iowa vs. Clemson|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||Orlando, Fla.||Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Dallas, Tex.||Maryland vs. Rice|
|Gator||Jan. 1||Jacksonville, Fla.||Michigan vs. Vanderbilt|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||Atlanta, Ga.||Duke vs. Missouri|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||Memphis, Tenn.||Marshall vs. Ole Miss|
|Sun||Dec. 31||El Paso, Tex.||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA|
|Independence||Dec. 31||Shreveport, La.||Oregon State vs. Georgia Tech|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||San Diego, Calif.||Arizona State vs. Kansas State|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||San Antonio, Tex.||Oklahoma vs. Oregon|
|Music City||Dec. 30||Nashville, Tenn.||Boston College vs. Georgia|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||Fort Worth, Tex.||Utah State vs. Navy|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 28||Phoenix, Ariz.||Texas vs. Nebraska|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)|
|Belk||Dec. 28||Charlotte, N.C.||Houston vs. North Carolina|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||New York, N.Y.||Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati|
|Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||San Francisco, Calif.||Washington vs. BYU|
|Texas||Dec. 27||Houston, Tex.||Texas Tech vs. Minnesota|
|Military||Dec. 27||Washington, D.C.||Syracuse vs. North Texas|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||San Diego, Calif.||Boise State vs. Ohio|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||Detroit, Mich.||Ball State vs. Pittsburgh|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||Honolulu, Hawaii||Colorado State vs. Middle Tenn.|
|Beef O'Brady's||Dec. 23||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Toledo vs. East Carolina|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||New Orleans, La.||La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||Boise, Idaho||Buffalo vs. UNLV|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21||Las Vegas, Nev.||Fresno State vs. USC|
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||Albuquerque, N.M.||San Diego State vs. Arizona|
Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports
Is the Mayhem Over?
What happens if Auburn and Ohio State lose their respective conference championship games? Would Missouri then become the team lined up to play in the BCS title game, or would Alabama then be the team sitting at No. 2?
It all depends on how far Bama falls after Saturday's wild loss. If Bama stays ahead of Ohio State in the BCS standings, then losses by the Buckeyes and the Tigers should put Bama right back in the running for a national championship.
What if Florida State loses?
Things could get really complicated. A loss to Duke in the ACC championship game would be an ugly defeat because the Noles figure to be so heavily favored. That said, it would only be one loss and Florida State has manhandled every other ranked opponent it has faced this season.
Would a loss to Duke really ruin the Seminoles' entire resume? Most likely. If all the top dogs win their conference championship, everything should remain in the same form it appears with Sunday night's BCS standings.
If either of the top two teams lose, we could be in for another wild weekend of speculation.