The 2013 college football season wouldn't have been complete without one more colossal upset. And on Saturday night, Michigan State scored 17 unanswered points in the Big Ten Championship Game to deliver Ohio State its first loss since 2011, derailing the Buckeyes' title hopes in the process.
|Rank||Team (first place votes)||Record||Points||B/R Rank|
|1||Florida State (62)||13-0||1550||1|
Undefeated Florida State remains on top after beating Duke by 38 points in the ACC Championship Game.
Heisman Trophy favorite Jameis Winston was the driving force behind the Seminoles' blowout win, completing 19 of 32 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns en route to being named the game's MVP. He also ran for a touchdown and an additional 59 yards. Although Winston threw two interceptions, Florida State's dominant defense was able to bail him out, forcing three turnovers and holding the Blue Devils to just 239 yards of total offense.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher was proud of his team after they wrapped up their second straight ACC title and secured a berth in the BCS National Championship Game for the first time in 13 years, per Seminoles.com:
Very happy for our team, our university. This championship means a lot to us. This is where we want to be every year and we have to get here to keep achieving and going to BCS games and the other games in which we want to get to, but the ultimate goal is to always win your conference and I think this conference is a great conference.
Fisher and the 'Noles will now have a month to prepare for January's championship game.
Ohio State's 10-point loss to Michigan State in Indianapolis means that Auburn finishes the year in the No. 2 spot. The Tigers put up 545 rushing yards and 59 points on Missouri in Saturday's SEC Championship Game to win college football's toughest conference for the second time in four years.
As a result, Auburn appears set to play for its second national title in four years as well. The Tigers are projected to jump the Buckeyes and finish No. 2 in the final BCS standings.
Meanwhile, the loss means that Mizzou will miss out on a BCS bowl game this winter, as only two teams from each conference can compete in the five BCS bowls.
Two-time defending national champion Alabama will finish the year as the SEC No. 2 and at No. 3 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Had Florida State lost on Saturday, the Crimson Tide would be in position to play for their third consecutive BCS title. Instead, Nick Saban's squad will likely be headed to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl.
In other Championship Weekend action, Stanford blasted Arizona State to win the Pac-12 title for the second straight year. The Cardinal's 38-14 rout of the Sun Devils sets up a Rose Bowl clash with Big Ten champ Michigan State on New Year's Day.
Big 12 champion Baylor is headed to the Fiesta Bowl after beating Texas in Waco and getting some help from Oklahoma in Bedlam. The Sooners knocked off rival Oklahoma State with a go-ahead touchdown pass in the waning moments, opening the door for the Bears to finish atop the conference for the first time in program history.
SI.com college football writer Stewart Mandel presents the most likely BCS bowl matchups after Week 15:
Expected BCS pairings. FSU Auburn. Rose: Mich St-Stanford. Fiesta: Baylor-UCF. Sugar: Bama Oklahoma. Orange: Clemson Ohio St.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) December 8, 2013
The official matchups will be announced on Sunday night after the final BCS standings are released, kicking off a month of anticipation.
If the past 15 weeks are any indication, the upcoming bowl season is sure to exceed college football fans' expectations.
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