Following a zany November that transformed the BCS title picture, the Florida State Seminoles sit atop the national rankings as a comfortable No. 1. That's what happens when you score the second-most points in the nation (53.7) and give up the fewest (11.0).
Because Florida State plays in the ACC, the Seminoles get to face Duke University, which is not known for its football program. Thus, FSU is favored by four touchdowns.
Florida State opens up -28.5 over Duke in ACC Championship Game at Vegas Insider.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 1, 2013
Led by Heisman front-runner Jameis Winston, the Seminoles have steamrolled opponents, including a 54-6 thrashing of Bethune-Cookman and an 80-point display against Idaho. Winston has completed 68.8 percent of his passes, amassed 3,490 yards and tossed a whopping 35 touchdowns to only eight interceptions.
It's hard to deny that the Seminoles have been the best football team this season, and it's a shame they won't get to play Alabama. Instead, here are the most likely scenarios for the BCS National Championship.
Florida State vs. Ohio State
Bovada has this at 4-7 odds. Those are really strong odds! The Seminoles are virtually assured of victory against the Blue Devils, and Vegas clearly thinks the Buckeyes will handle Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
This would be a matchup of similar teams with strong defenses and ridiculously strong offenses. The Seminoles launch their attack through the air, while the Buckeyes like to keep it on the ground. The smart money would probably be with the over in this one, and while it would be a fun game to watch, it lacks the smash-mouth credibility that an SEC contender provides.
Florida State vs. Auburn
Auburn remains the No. 1 team in the nation in the eyes of some fans, mainly SEC fans, by virtue of the stunning win over Alabama. The Tigers handed Bama only its second loss in the last 30 games going back to Nov. 5, 2011.
It would be interesting to see if Gus Malzahn and his charges can take down another vaunted team, and that could happen if the Buckeyes fall to the Spartans in the Big Ten title game.
Florida State vs. Missouri
If the Missouri Tigers can outlast the Auburn Tigers for the SEC crown and the Buckeyes fall as well, Mizzou will be playing for a national title. It's been an incredible rebound for the Tigers after going just 5-7 last season, and they've made this remarkable run on the back of their defense.
According to Bovada, Florida State would be favored by at least 10 points in any of these three matchups and just shy of two touchdowns against Mizzou. Sorry to everyone back in Columbia, Mo.
Ohio State vs. Auburn/Missouri
If Florida State loses to Duke in the ACC title game, all heck will break loose. In that scenario, I say we let Northern Illinois play Ohio State in a match of the final unbeatens, but the title game would instead be between the Buckeyes and the winner of the SEC championship.
Because of Ohio State's tough run game, this might actually be a more enjoyable match of styles. Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and running back Tre Mason have run wild for Auburn, and it would provide a great counterpoint to the QB-RB combo of Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde for the Buckeyes.
OSU against Mizzou would be the least attractive matchup of the bunch, but if Missouri's D can hold down Auburn's offense, perhaps it can hold down Ohio State, too.
If both OSU and FSU somehow lose this weekend, things would get very interesting indeed, but those are extremely long odds. If both of the top undefeated teams lose and Auburn snags the SEC title, it would end up being a rematch of this year's epic Iron Bowl in the BCS National Championship.
Is there anything you want to see more than Auburn vs. Alabama II?
Of course, most fans would welcome a rematch of Alabama and Auburn, but that's not how the cookie crumbled this year, so it will require a surprising series of events.
With the SEC constructed in divisions, the loss to Auburn all but slammed the window shut on the dream of yet another national championship for the Crimson Tide.
Regardless, it seems extremely likely that the Seminoles will be competing in the BCS title game, and when they do, they'll come in as heavy favorites. Your move, Buckeyes.