After one of the wildest college football Saturdays ever, many couldn't wait to see the aftermath of the BCS picture.
Florida State was undoubtedly looking at the No. 1 spot following its comprehensive win over Florida, but how would Ohio State and Auburn proceed the Seminoles?
Could the Tigers' unbelievable win over No. 1 Alabama propel them over the Buckeyes, who held off Michigan thanks to a late two-point stop, or would Urban Meyer's undefeated squad hop into the national championship spot as projected?
Let's take a look:
Why not start at the top? The Seminoles' official Twitter feed commemorated the team's return to No. 1:
If the Seminoles' last appearance at this spot is any indication of what's to come, Jimbo Fisher's squad is in terrific shape. From ESPN Stats & Info:
Florida State is ranked No. 1 in the BCS Standings for the 1st time since 1999, when it won the national title— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2013
From the same Twitter feed, No. 4 Alabama now has this unfortunate distinction to go along with being on the wrong side of Saturday's game of the century:
Alabama is the 2nd team to drop out of the BCS top 2 after at least six weeks at No. 1. The only other school to do it was Florida in 2009— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 2, 2013
The team that will face FSU in the national championship—assuming the Seminoles knock off No. 20 Duke in the ACC title game—will come down the Big Ten, the SEC and the voters.
As Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel pointed out, the debate surrounding OSU and AU from Saturday night was a little overblown, as there remained a significant gap between the two schools, at least for now:
BCS Standings: Ohio State No. 2 at .950, Auburn No. 3 at .923. Close, but not as much as some thought.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2013
That being said, there is still plenty of room for potential controversy. Auburn can still add a win over No. 5 Missouri, while Ohio State "only" stands to bolster its resume with a victory against No. 10 Michigan State.
Nevertheless, Mandel, with the help of ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, doesn't believe the Tigers can make that jump should both teams win their conference championship:
Herbstreit nails it. If neither poll bumped Auburn over Ohio St after this week, seems unlikely they'd turn around and do it next week.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 2, 2013
As Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde pointed out, that means there is a very strong chance we won't be seeing an SEC school in this year's title game:
Quick column on new BCS standings, which put the SEC's championship streak on the Endangered List: http://t.co/gpScl4GkxL— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 2, 2013
For those of you who don't have your SEC or BCS trivia down pat, that would mark the first time since 2005 an SEC school hasn't been in the national championship. Moreover, in each of the previous seven seasons, an SEC school has taken home the title.
ESPN and Grantland's R.J. Bell reveals how Vegas views some of the top teams in the nation:
BCS haters and SEC lovers: Vegas consensus opinion is Ohio State would be favored by 2.5 over Auburn— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) December 2, 2013
Alabama would still be favored over any team in the country (yes, including Florida St) - via bookmaker @JayKornegay— RJ Bell (@RJinVegas) December 2, 2013
Outside of the national championship, Bleacher Report's Michael Felder notes that Michigan State, almost regardless of what it does against the Buckeyes, is likely headed to the Rose Bowl:
So, Sparty at 10 all but ensures they're going to the Rose Bowl, right? Barring getting murdered by Ohio State.— Michael Felder (@InTheBleachers) December 2, 2013
Typically known as a basketball powerhouse, the Spartans haven't been to a Rose Bowl since 1987.
Meanwhile, probably much to the chagrin of most, Northern Illinois' jump to the all-important No. 14 spot has the Huskies staring down a BCS bowl for what would be the second straight year.
Fox Sports Ohio's Zac Jackson explains the importance for NIU, as well as the rest of the schools in the MAC:
I can confirm what @DanWolken tweeted the other day: NIU in the BCS last year was worth in the ballpark of $360k to every other MAC program.— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) December 2, 2013
Considering each MAC program makes only about $100k in the current TV contract, that's a huge deal. So, NIU's BCS standing is a HUGE deal.— Zac Jackson (@FSOhioZJackson) December 2, 2013
Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel used the fact that Northern Illinois is ranked No. 2 by one computer to promote his book:
If BCS is going to trot out a mathematically unsound computer that says NIU is No. 2, then we're still selling: http://t.co/fxpd2UawzN— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) December 2, 2013
Don't worry, Dan. With this final official ranking and just one week until the bowls are announced, death has finally become the fate of the BCS.