Auburn made a statement with a 59-42 win over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, and the impact the results of this game had on the rest of the BCS picture were quite large. In fact, an Auburn loss would have shaken up the standings entirely.
Thankfully for those predicting the BCS matchups, Auburn was able to pull out the win and keep everyone a little more sane in the process.
Even so, there were major ramifications for both squads after the exciting SEC Championship Game on Saturday.
Auburn and the BCS National Championship Game
The win against Mizzou all but secured Auburn's berth in the BCS National Championship Game against Florida State.
The Seminoles are the nation's lone remaining undefeated team after taking down Duke in the ACC Championship Game, and the Tigers will have their hands full against arguably the top player in college football. It might prove impossible to contain Jameis Winston in the passing game, so it will come down to how effective Auburn's offense can be in response.
Florida State might be the team to beat on paper, but Auburn is the team of destiny this season. They haven't lost since September 21 against then-No. 6 LSU, and their win against Alabama in the Iron Bowl was absolutely unbelievable.
Getting in the way of destiny is never a smart thing to do, and the Seminoles will likely find themselves standing between Auburn and the title.
Tre Mason, Heisman Candidate?
Don't look now, but Auburn running back Tre Mason may have run himself into the Heisman discussion with the video game numbers he put up against Mizzou.
Overall, Mason racked up 304 yards on 46 carries with four touchdowns. He also caught a pass for eight yards for good measure.
On the season, Mason has 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns. He averages 5.7 yards per rush. Mason added 11 catches for 121 yards in the passing game as well.
Mason caught fire at the perfect time for Heisman voters. His 300-yard performance was stellar, but the 146-yard game he posted against the stout Alabama defense was enough to get people watching. His game against Mizzou was just the icing on the cake.
Mason probably won't win the Heisman and may not even place in the top five in the voting. His unbelievable close to the season will net him a few votes, though, and he may even steal some away from the award's top contenders.
Missouri to the Cotton Bowl
As a result of the loss to Auburn, Missouri may find itself playing in the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State. A win might have secured them a BCS bowl game. Instead, they'll be playing in a non-BCS event.
The No. 2 team in the SEC will face a tough opponent in Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have taken down Texas Tech, Texas and Baylor this season, though they fell just short against Oklahoma. Clint Chelf and Desmond Roland work well together behind the offensive line, and Mizzou will need to find ways to contain Roland out of the backfield.
By losing to Auburn, Mizzou really cost itself a chance to play in a prominent bowl game. By all accounts, an 11-2 season should be considered a success. That being said, the end result certainly isn't what the team would have liked to see.
There were scenarios leading up to championship weekend that had Mizzou playing in the BCS title game. Now, the Tigers will have to be content with the Cotton Bowl.