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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

November 30, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Stunner at Auburn: Is the BCS about to get really crazy?

Unbelievable finish to the Auburn-Alabama Iron Bowl moments ago — one second (literally) Alabama’s trying a 57-yard field goal to win it at the wire, the next the Tigers’ Chris Davis is running back the miss from deep in the end zone all the way back for a 34-28 all-timer over the Tide.

So now what happens to the BCS? ‘Bama had been No. 1, Florida State second, Ohio State third and Auburn fourth. Does Ohio State automatically jump into the national-title game if it can beat Michigan State next week in the Big Ten title game? Or do you give more weight to a one-loss Auburn team that just took down the program of a recent semi-dynasty and leap the undefeated Buckeyes, putting Auburn in position to get to the championship if it can beat South Carolina next week in the SEC title game?

It certainly won’t be a slam-dunk for the Buckeyes to win the votes. The cachet of the SEC is huge after seven straight national titles and there’s also this disquieting stat: Entering Saturday’s game at Michigan, the teams the Buckeyes had beaten on the road this year had a combined 1-29 record in their conference games. And although it’s hard to fault a win in a heated rivalry game, Ohio State needed a failed two-point conversion to survive Michigan.

Let the campaigning begin in Ohio and Alabama. You just knew the last year of the BCS wouldn’t go easily.

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