The Auburn Tigers have cleared all the hurdles, or so it seems. The NCAA and university officials declared Heisman Trophy favorite quarterback Cam Newton eligible for the SEC Championship Game Saturday, as well as any bowls to which the Tigers accept an invite.
Presumed unstoppable, the Tigers seem poised to step forward and claim their berth in the BCS Championship Game against (again, presumably) the Oregon Ducks, on Jan. 10, 2011. They still have one more game in front of them, though.
That game is the SEC title match against Steve Spurrier and South Carolina. The game is almost an afterthought: All anyone is talking about is Newton's predicament and the matchup of Auburn against Oregon for all the marbles.
But what if it went the other way? What if, as they did in October against then-national favorite Alabama, the Gamecocks bring their A game and knock off Newton and the Tigers? Read on for five ways the college football landscape would turn on its ear if they do.