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Will Malzahn (right) be heading to the BCS title game or settle for the Sugar Bowl?
Week 15 Matchup: SEC title—No. 5 Missouri (11-1) vs. No. 3 Auburn (11-1), Dec. 7, 4 p.m. ET on CBS
Spread: Auburn (-1.5)
Biggest Question: Would an SEC title win be enough to jump an undefeated Ohio State?
You don’t need to remind Auburn to stay focused.
This is a team that has been an underdog since the moment head coach Gus Malzahn took over. After winning just three games last year, the Tigers are one win away from being crowned SEC champions, and maybe more.
That “maybe more” depends on several variables.
Entering Week 15, Auburn came in as No. 3, just behind undefeated Ohio State in the latest BCS rankings. Although the team has one more loss than the Buckeyes, the gap is a little too close for comfort.
Believe it or not, with a win over Missouri, the Tigers would have a strong case to jump Ohio State—regardless if the Buckeyes win or not.
That’s because the win would move Auburn to 5-1 against Top 25 opponents in 2013. Furthermore, the team would have its second win against a foe ranked in the Top Five.
In comparison, with a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, Ohio State would just have three.
Unfortunately, a win alone won’t be enough for the Tigers. The team would most likely have to crush Missouri, and the Buckeyes would need to struggle immensely in putting away the Spartans.
Of course, the easiest solution would simply be hoping for an Ohio State loss.