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BCS Rankings 2013: Teams with Most to Lose in Week 15 Action

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scores a touchdown in the third quarter against the Michigan Wolverines during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIDecember 2, 2013

Week 15 is a big week for the 2013 BCS Rankings because a couple of games could have a serious impact on the final rankings next Sunday.

With bowl season upon us, several teams simply can't afford to lose. A loss at this point would seriously affect the type of bowl game they would receive and could determine whether at least one team plays for the national title.

While Week 14 was arguably the most exciting week of the college football season, Week 15 certainly has the biggest implications for some of the nation's top teams. Expect another solid week of football.

 

Auburn

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 30:  Chris Davis #11 of the Auburn Tigers returns a missed field goal for the winning touchdown in their 34 to 28 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. C
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Auburn takes on Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, and Auburn simply cannot afford a loss after its stunning victory over Alabama.

Auburn has all the momentum heading into the game. Missouri did win against Texas A&M by a touchdown, but Auburn's win was much more of a confidence booster. That confidence will impact this one.

A loss would hurt Auburn's chances of a big-time bowl game and take something away from the win against the Crimson Tide.

That win will always be on Auburn's record, but the momentum and confidence the team gained from that victory can wither with time.

A loss against Missouri in the SEC Championship would result in a loss of confidence that may not be re-attainable prior to bowl play. It would also hurt Auburn's chances of playing in the national title game.

If Ohio State or Florida State loses, then Auburn will have an opening. Not with a loss, though.

 

Missouri

COLUMBIA, MO - NOVEMBER 30:  Quarterback James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers passes during the game against the Texas A&M Aggies on November 30, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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On the other side of the field, Missouri will also be playing with a lot to lose against Auburn.

A win against Auburn would likely propel Missouri to the Sugar Bowl, but a loss would bump Missouri down a notch or two to the Cotton Bowl. Hey, a win might even mean a shot at the national title game if things get wacky with the higher-ranked teams.

Missouri needs to come out strong against Auburn, but that may prove difficult. Missouri fought tough against A&M, but coming out strong and deflating Auburn early will be key.

If Missouri loses, it can kiss any hopes it has for the national title game goodbye.

 

Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Michigan Wolverines during a game at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ohio State has the most to lose this week. If it loses to Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game, there's a really strong chance it will miss out on playing in the national title game (presumably against Florida State).

Head coach Urban Meyer has yet to lose with the Buckeyes, and now certainly isn't the best time to pick up defeat No. 1. A win would secure a second straight undefeated season and a much-deserved trip to the biggest stage in college football.

Alabama's loss gives the Buckeyes an enormous opportunity to prove themselves against the top teams in the nation. Squandering that opportunity by losing to the Spartans would seemingly make Auburn's efforts all for naught for Ohio State.

Plus, on paper, the Buckeyes appear to be a team capable of giving the Seminoles a run for their money.

 

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