No words can describe what happened this past weekend. In front of a national audience, No. 4 Auburn pulled off one of the most improbable wins in college football history in the 78th Iron Bowl to knock No. 1 Alabama off its pedestal.
Just two weeks after Auburn pulled off “A Miracle in Jordan-Hare” with a 73-yard Hail Mary pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis to defeat Georgia 43-38 in the final minute of regulation, it happened again. Alabama placekicker Adam Griffith kicked a potential game-winning 57-yard field goal as time expired but came up just short, and that’s when the Auburn magic happened again.
Cornerback Chris Davis was waiting in the back in the end zone and caught the missed kick. Davis then outran the entire Alabama special teams unit and scored a 100-yard touchdown.
It will be remembered as the greatest Iron Bowl in history, for Auburn fans that is.
While Auburn took the SEC West Division title, No. 5 Missouri continued its quest to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta this upcoming Saturday by knocking off No. 21 Texas A&M 28-21 to clinch the SEC East Division.
In the Big Ten, No. 3 Ohio State should be grateful that it stopped Michigan on a two-point conversion that likely would have given the Wolverines a huge upset victory over the Buckeyes. Urban Meyer’s squad will get its chance to play for a BCS National Championship if it can take down a physical Michigan State team this Saturday in Indianapolis.
The Ducks avoided the upset by getting a clutch 12-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver Josh Huff with 29 seconds remaining to secure a 36-35 win and its sixth-straight victory over the Beavers. The Dawgs and Yellow Jackets went into double overtime, with running back Toddy Gurley scoring on a 25-yard touchdown run to give Georgia a 41-34 win.
Lastly, San Jose State upset No. 16 Fresno State 62-52, meaning the Bulldogs are no longer a BCS bowl buster. This leaves Northern Illinois just one win away from being BCS bound for a second consecutive year.
Overall Record: 97-43
Week 14 Record: 7-3
Note: Team in bold indicates author’s pick
Prediction: Ohio State 31, Michigan 17
Result: Ohio State 42, Michigan 41
Prediction: Alabama 31, Auburn 24
Result: Auburn 34, Alabama 28
Prediction: South Carolina 30, Clemson 21
Result: South Carolina 31, Clemson 17
Prediction: Texas A&M 35, Missouri 21
Result: Missouri 28, Texas A&M 21
Prediction: USC 28, UCLA 24
Result: UCLA 35, USC 14
Prediction: Michigan State 35, Minnesota 14
Result: Michigan State 14, Minnesota 3
Prediction: Duke 34, North Carolina 26
Result: Duke 27, North Carolina 25
Prediction: Baylor 38, TCU 17
Result: Baylor 41, TCU 38
Prediction: Stanford 28, Notre Dame 17
Result: Stanford 27, Notre Dame 20
Prediction: Arizona State 45, Arizona 37
Result: Arizona State 58, Arizona 21
The seventh BCS Standings were released Sunday night. Here are the current Top 10:
1. Florida State .9948
2. Ohio State .9503
3. Auburn .9233
4. Alabama .8539
5. Missouri .8428
6. Oklahoma State .7629
7. Stanford .7069
8. South Carolina .7037
9. Baylor .6623
10. Michigan State .6529
Current BCS Bowl Projections
BCS National Championship (Pasadena, Calif.)
Florida State vs. Ohio State
Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.)
Michigan State vs. Arizona State
Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.)
Oklahoma State vs. Northern Illinois
Sugar Bowl (New Orleans)
Auburn vs. UCF
Orange Bowl (Miami)
Clemson vs. Alabama
Instead of discussing the whole Ohio State or Auburn as the No. 2 team in the country debate, it would be interesting to reflect on the greatest finishes since 2000. It’s easy to go back to “The Play” between Cal and Stanford in 1982 or Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary pass that beat Miami back in 1984 and say those are two of the top 10 finishes ever.
For Generation Y fans, they would have not been born or have any recollection of those two plays. It would be interesting to see what many fans of Generation Y think when they think about the greatest college football game finishes they have remembered and cherished.
My top 10 list since 2000 consists of:
10. (2005) Touchdown Manningham!
9. (2005) “The Catch”
8. (2002) "Holy Buckeye"
7. (2008) Crabtree's Touchdown
6. (2007) Appalachian State shocks Michigan
5. (2002) "The Bluegrass Miracle"
4. (2007) Boise State’s statue of liberty play
2. (2005) Push by Bush