Barring a major misstep in the ACC championship game, the No. 2-ranked Florida State Seminoles are headed for Pasadena to play for the national championship. Jameis Winston and Co. must defeat Duke for the conference title, but the Noles will be heavy favorites.
It is hard to guess what team will face Florida State should the Seminoles defeat Duke as most expect. Auburn made a strong case with its amazing win over No. 1-ranked Alabama on Saturday. Meanwhile, Ohio State remained undefeated by escaping the Michigan Wolverines 42-41 earlier in the day.
How far will Alabama drop after losing and how far will Auburn rise? There is some credence to the thought that both teams deserve to be ahead of Ohio State. Alabama's only loss is to the No. 4-ranked team on the road, and the end came on one of the most miraculous plays in the history of college football.
That is about as respectable a loss as any team can have. Auburn's only loss came early in the season to then No. 6-ranked LSU. The Tigers have played five ranked teams this season compared to just two for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes' highest-ranked opponents have been then No. 23-ranked Wisconsin and then No. 16-ranked Northwestern. The Bucks won those two games by an average of just 8.5 points. The strength of schedule between Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State isn't comparable.
Is Ohio State's undefeated record against a less-than stellar schedule more impressive than Auburn's and Alabama's one-loss records against tougher opponents? That's the million-dollar question that the pollsters and BCS computers will answer on Sunday night.
If you asking which team is better: Auburn/Alabama or Ohio State, it is hard to give the Buckeyes the edge against either team. That said, the BCS system may give the Bucks the edge because they are undefeated.
Under that assumption, here is what the bowl picture looks like after a wild Week 14.
|BCS Title Game||Jan. 6||Pasadena, Calif..||Florida State vs. Ohio State||BCS Title Game|
|Orange||Jan. 3||Miami, Fla.||South Carolina vs. Alabama||Orange|
|Sugar||Jan. 2||New Orleans, La.||Auburn vs. UCF||Sugar|
|Fiesta||Jan. 1||Glendale, Ariz.||Okla. State vs. N. Illinois||Fiesta|
|Rose||Jan. 1||Pasadena, Calif.||Michigan State vs. Stanford||Rose|
|Non-BCS Bowls||Non-BCS Bowls|
|GoDaddy.com||Jan. 5||Mobile, Ala.||Bowling Green vs. W. Kentucky||GoDaddy.com|
|BBVA Compass||Jan. 4||Birmingham, Ala.||Miss. State vs. Rutgers||BBVA Compass|
|Cotton||Jan. 3||Arlington, Tex.||Baylor vs. LSU||Cotton|
|Outback||Jan. 1||Tampa, Fla.||Iowa vs. Clemson||Outback|
|Capital One||Jan. 1||Orlando, Fla.||Wisconsin vs. Texas A&M||Capital One|
|Heart of Dallas||Jan. 1||Dallas, Tex.||Maryland vs. Rice||Heart of Dallas|
|Gator||Jan. 1||Jacksonville, Fla.||Michigan vs. Vanderbilt||Gator|
|Chick-fil-A||Dec. 31||Atlanta, Ga.||Duke vs. Missouri||Chick-fil-A|
|Liberty||Dec. 31||Memphis, Tenn.||Marshall vs. Ole Miss||Liberty|
|Sun||Dec. 31||El Paso, Tex.||Virginia Tech vs. UCLA||Sun|
|Independence||Dec. 31||Shreveport, La.||Oregon State vs. Georgia Tech||Independence|
|Holiday||Dec. 30||San Diego, Calif.||Arizona State vs. Kansas State||Holiday|
|Alamo||Dec. 30||San Antonio, Tex.||Oklahoma vs. Oregon||Alamo|
|Music City||Dec. 30||Nashville, Tenn.||Boston College vs. Georgia||Music City|
|Armed Forces||Dec. 30||Fort Worth, Tex.||Utah State vs. Navy||Armed Forces|
|Buffalo Wild Wings||Dec. 28||Phoenix, Ariz.||Texas vs. Nebraska||Buffalo Wild Wings|
|Russell Athletic||Dec. 28||Orlando, Fla.||Louisville vs. Miami (FL)||Russell Athletic|
|Belk||Dec. 28||Charlotte, N.C.||Houston vs. North Carolina||Belk|
|Pinstripe||Dec. 28||New York, N.Y.||Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati||Pinstripe|
|Fight Hunger||Dec. 27||San Francisco, Calif.||Washington vs. BYU||Fight Hunger|
|Texas||Dec. 27||Houston, Tex.||Texas Tech vs. Minnesota||Texas|
|Military||Dec. 27||Washington, D.C.||Syracuse vs. North Texas||Military|
|Poinsettia||Dec. 26||San Diego, Calif.||Boise State vs. Ohio||Poinsettia|
|Little Caesars||Dec. 26||Detroit, Mich.||Ball State vs. Pittsburgh||Little Caesars|
|Hawaii||Dec. 24||Honolulu, Hawaii||Colorado State vs. Middle Tenn.||Hawaii|
|Beef O'Brady's||Dec. 23||St. Petersburg, Fla.||Toledo vs. East Carolina||Beef O'Brady's|
|New Orleans||Dec. 21||New Orleans, La.||La.-Lafayette vs. Tulane||New Orleans|
|Famous Idaho Potato||Dec. 21||Boise, Idaho||Buffalo vs. UNLV||Famous Idaho Potato|
|Las Vegas||Dec. 21||Las Vegas, Nev.||Fresno State vs. USC||Las Vegas|
|New Mexico||Dec. 21||Albuquerque, N.M.||San Diego State vs. Arizona||New Mexico|
|Per Jerry Palm of CBS Sports|
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