Did the BCS work? Well, in its final season, it did. Like magic. For Auburn.
The Tigers' storybook season gained steam with the "Miracle on the Plains," when they miraculously defeated Georgia on a 4th-and-forever Hail Mary. It continued with the now-epic Iron Bowl missed-kick return.
Then, after outlasting Missouri in a 59-42 shootout in the SEC Championship Game, the Tigers got the final piece of good news before their bus even pulled out of Atlanta—Ohio State lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game.
So Auburn will be headed to Pasadena for the last-ever BCS Championship Game against No. 1 Florida State, which cruised past Duke 45-7 to win the ACC title. It will be the Seminoles' fourth BCS title game appearance but their first since playing in the first three BCS title games from 1998-2000.
With Auburn back in its second BCS title game in four years, the SEC will now have a chance to close out the BCS era with its eighth consecutive national championship. Incredibly, the state of Alabama will be represented in the BCS title game for the fifth straight season.
|Projected Final BCS Standings|
|4||Michigan State||12-1||Big Ten||10|
|7||Ohio State||12-1||Big Ten||2|
|13||Oklahoma State||10-2||Big 12||6|
Ohio State's loss sets off a chain of reshuffling in the BCS bowls.
While most of the other BCS impact games went as projected, Oklahoma pulled off a surprise in Bedlam, beating Oklahoma State on a touchdown with 19 seconds left. With that, not only did OU deny OSU a Big 12 title and a Fiesta Bowl berth, but it likely earned the Sooners a trip to New Orleans.
With the Orange Bowl selecting first to replace Florida State, it'll grab one-loss Ohio State for its second-ever trip to Miami (the other being the 1977 game) and pair it up with the ACC's Clemson.
The Sugar Bowl will take Alabama, which automatically qualifies by being in the top four, and create a matchup of traditional powers by picking Oklahoma. The Fiesta Bowl is then left with Baylor vs. Central Florida.
The Sugar Bowl will likely select Oklahoma over Oregon—the only other viable alternative—because of a new relationship that is slated to begin with the dawn of the College Football Playoff.
Except in years where it will host the national semifinals, the Sugar Bowl will now annually pair up the top teams from the SEC and Big 12.
|BCS Bowl Matchups|
|BCS Championship||No. 1 Florida State (ACC) vs. No. 2 Auburn (SEC)|
|Rose Bowl||No. 4 Michigan State (Big Ten) vs. No. 5 Stanford (Pac-12)|
|Sugar Bowl||No. 3 Alabama (at-large) vs. No. 12 Oklahoma (at-large)|
|Orange Bowl||No. 7 Ohio State (at-large) vs. No. 10 Clemson (at-large)|
|Fiesta Bowl||No. 6 Baylor (Big 12) vs. No. 16 UCF (American)|
|Projected BCS standings|
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