Posted December 09, 2013

Florida State, Auburn will play for national title; more BCS thoughts

BCS, Bowls, Postseason
Auburn's Tre Mason (left) and Nick Marshall will lead the Tigers in the BCS title game against Florida State. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Auburn’s Tre Mason (left) and Nick Marshall will lead the Tigers in the BCS title game against Florida State. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

With Championship Weekend come and gone, the college football bowl season is officially upon us. The final BCS standings were unveiled on Sunday night in its final year before the College Football Playoff kicks off in 2014.

The complete BCS standings:

1. Florida State
2. Auburn
3. Alabama
4. Michigan State
5. Stanford
6. Baylor
7. Ohio State
8. Missouri
9. South Carolina
10. Oregon
11. Oklahoma
12. Clemson
13. Oklahoma State
14. Arizona State
15. Central Florida
16. LSU
17. UCLA
18. Louisville
19. Wisconsin
20. Fresno State
21. Texas A&M
22. Georgia
23. Northern Illinois
24. Duke
25. USC

BCS bowl matchups were also unveiled on Sunday. Here’s the complete list:

BCS National Championship: Auburn vs. Florida State
Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Stanford
Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Oklahoma
Fiesta Bowl: Baylor vs. Central Florida
Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Clemson

Complete 2013-14 College Football Bowl Schedule

A few thoughts on the announcement:

• For at least a little while, the SEC’s streak of seven straight national championships looked like it was coming to an end. No. 1 Florida State was set to meet No. 2 Ohio State if both could survive conference title weekend. But the Buckeyes’ loss opened the door for Auburn to sneak into the BCS title picture, which means the SEC’s run could remain intact with an upset of the Seminoles. If the past three weeks is any indication, there might not be a team with more magic on its side than Auburn. Miracle finishes against Georgia and top-ranked Alabama helped push the Tigers into the SEC championship game. But how does the destiny surrounding Auburn match up with a Florida State defense that ranks third in the country and leads the nation with only five rushing touchdowns allowed?

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• That stat aside, the BCS title game could easily end up with a 45-42 final score. The Rose Bowl, meanwhile, has all the making of a 6-3 defensive struggle. Michigan State (No. 1 in total defense) and Stanford (No. 14) should keep the score relatively low in Pasadena. A major challenge isn’t likely to strike fear in either team, though, since both programs spoiled the BCS title hopes of No. 2-ranked teams at different points this season: Stanford sunk No. 2 Oregon on Nov. 7 before the Spartans dropped No. 2 Ohio State in Saturday’s Big Ten championship game.

• There wasn’t as much controversy as expected in the BCS’ final season. Thanks to late-season losses to Northern Illinois and Fresno State, a non-AQ school did not steal a spot in the BCS like the Huskies did last season. Ohio State’s loss also squashed the debate of a one-loss SEC team jumping an unbeaten Big Ten champion before it started. The much-maligned BCS is well-known for its divisive nature, but most fans of major college football conferences can rest easy with these BCS matchups.

• How many times will Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops be asked about the strength of the SEC when his Sooners meet Alabama in the Sugar Bowl? Of course, Stoops wasn’t referring to the Crimson Tide when he took shots at the SEC’s overall depth during the offseason, but his comments will become a storyline against the winners of the last two BCS titles. Stoops will likely be reminded of his last tussle with an SEC team, as well: Last season’s Cotton Bowl, where Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M steamrolled Oklahoma 41-13.

• Two teams that missed out on winning their conference title games will face off in the Cotton Bowl. Oklahoma State had a chance to clinch a spot in a BCS bowl on Saturday against Oklahoma before the Sooners stole the game on a late Blake Bell touchdown toss. Missouri couldn’t keep up with Auburn’s offense in the SEC title game and dropped only its second game of a remarkable turnaround season. Both teams will be looking to avoid further letdown in Arlington.

• If you like running backs, you might want to buy a ticket to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La. Arizona and Boston College will clash in game sure to feature plenty of rushing yards from Wildcats’ rusher Ka’Deem Carey and Eagles’ tailback Andre Williams. Carey and Williams both ranked in the top five in the country in rushing and combined for 3,818 yards on the ground this year.

78 comments
JimElwood
JimElwood

I would much rather have seen Ohio State play Alabama.  The only way to shut up all of the OSU haters is to play the SEC teams.  That would have been a great match up!

Bigdog12
Bigdog12

FSU fan here I want Bama auburn has no D should be like playing clemson and we all know how that ended 

carjax1202
carjax1202

Once again...year after year, we sit here and bee-otch about the BCS.  Yes, the (Bull Crap Series)  No one is ever happy and this is the case every damn year.  Good riddance to you BCS and hello playoffs....can't wait for next year.

Ol' Time Gator
Ol' Time Gator

Why...How ...does Ohio State go to a BCS Bowl after that horrible display against Michigan State?  Why not Missouri or South Carolina instead???

6marK6
6marK6

I have seen Auburn against enough quality teams to know that they will get their points, regardless. I have not seen FSU really face too many tough teams. Grab those points!

Bwanaron
Bwanaron

Interesting how the BCS Bowl selection chooses teams not in the top 10.....wonder why ?? 

SnakePlissken
SnakePlissken

Best part of postgame? One FSU player saying he's excited to play an SEC team for title because he never played an SEC team in his career. ... (Florida? Last week?!)

mbroncofan
mbroncofan

I would rather see Alabama/Ohio State and Clemson/Oklahoma.  Both would be better bowl games.

TheBlayman
TheBlayman

Yes, I'd like to see South Carolina, Missouri and Oregon in BCS bowl games but in the end,.. Florida State will win their game by at leasr four touchdowns.

Huskerstildeath
Huskerstildeath

Actually, no, not at all. Why is MSU not playing for the national title? I mean their only loss was because of terrible officiating. They won all their conference game, including the conference title game by double digits. Yet Auburn, which loss to a 3 loss team and got lucky TWICE to win games gets the benefit of the doubt? No, to the bitter end the BCS was horse manure.

dandogwood
dandogwood

UCF will upset Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl.  Watch

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

Taster's Choice®: Auburn v. Alabama II.

Matthew W
Matthew W

Fresno State vs USC in the Las Vegas Bowl


USC without Coach O? I like Fresno's odds.

lumbergh
lumbergh

NO CONTROVERSY?!?!  Did you go to school at Auburn?!?!  MSU has only one phantom loss where they were repeatedly raped by the refs.  Their SOS is roughly equivalent to Auburn's and they won all of the rest of their games by double digits.  Do you have any idea how many decades it's been since a Big Ten team has won all conference games by double digits?

Auburn lost one game on their MSU-ish schedule by two touchdowns and they had to eke out six more squeakers, including Mississippi State and Washington State.

NO CONTROVERSY?!?!  You're everything wrong with sports media.  I come here so I don't have to read the drivel ESPN puts out, but if you guys are going to be just as bad as them, I have no use for this website.

morejunk
morejunk

No controversy?  How about the utterly pointless Orange Bowl.  Lets reward the losing teams.  Meanwhile South Carolina will be playing in the Tostitos Cheese Fries Bowl.  This BCS crap can't end soon enough.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

oregon should be in a bcs bowl and Theosu should not have been jumped by auburn

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

You mean next year, when you and the rest of the chronic complainers get to let loose about the faults in the playoff system?   Different year, same story.

ChiefG
ChiefG

@Ol' Time Gator   Must be a Florida fan.   Amazing how Ohio State affects peoples lives.


Horrible display?  They lost by 10 points. And actually led the game in the fourth quarter before defense collapsed.  How did Florida do this year? 

KevinDelaney
KevinDelaney

@Ol' Time GatorThe system limits two teams per conference to BCS bowls. So if South Carolina or Missouri went, that means Alabama would be out (Auburn would stay in the title game).

Michael85
Michael85

Because of a rule stating that conferences only get a maximum of 2 teams into the BCS. As SEC Champion, Auburn gets an automatic bid. Alabama is the 3rd ranked team in the BCS. A rule was put in back in the late 90s that stated that if the 3rd ranked team wasn't already in the BCS under other automatic bid rules, had at least 9 wins, was a member of an AQ Conference, and that AQ conference didn't already have 2 teams in the conference, then the 3rd ranked team received an automatic bud. So Auburn is in, Alabama is in which means that Missouri & SC were immediately ineligible from BCS consideration. Even without the "3rd ranked team" rule giving Alabama an automatic bid, there is no way Alabama was going to be passed over for Mizzou or SC.

6marK6
6marK6

@Ol' Time Gator I would ask that question about Oklahoma and Clemson more than Ohio State. OU has two blowout losses and Clemson can't point to a quality win. 

SandHills
SandHills

@Bwanaron


It's money for the individual bowls.  Some based upon conference loyalty (Sugar and SEC or Orange and ACC).  Also on proven fan loyalty to travel and fill up seats.  Bama will fill up the Sugar Bowl even if no OU fans show, same for Clem's son fans in the Orange Bowl).


It is a money decision not a football fan decision....

Blinker
Blinker

Bright scholars!!!!!   I'm sure he will graduate with honors. 

Michael85
Michael85

I agree that they would be better games. However since Orange picked at-large teams first in the rotation, they chose Ohio State. Had Sugar picked first, I'm sure they would have picked Ohio State.

SandHills
SandHills

@TheBlayman


If Clem's son is any indicator of how offensive stats are made in the ACC, beware of playing a decent team.  I suspect that Auburn will score some points - and any SEC defense has to be better than an ACC one.

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

If you ONLY look at the season schedule results for all one-loss teams, then MSU and AU have the best argument over all others, since they both WON CONFERENCE TITLE. Then comparing the two, I'll admit MSU "looks" better. But once you factor in the SOS, then the nod has to go to Auburn (who I hate).

The whole SEC dominance thing is waaaay overblown, but also no denying the B1G is down lately. Those things change, but not this year. I expect FSU to easily beat Auburn; the only team that might have beaten the Noles is Bama.

SandHills
SandHills

@Huskerstildeath


A.  Because that "loss" was to a team who got supremely stomped by the last SEC team it played.


B. MSU comes out of the Big Hype conference - you know, where a team like OSU can go undefeated for two back-to-back seasons...


And Stanford will have the final answer to your question in the Rose Bowl...

SnakePlissken
SnakePlissken

@Huskerstildeath Don't get me wrong beating Boise State Jr Saturday night was a nice win for Michigan State, but it's not enough to get to them a title game. 

donald5
donald5

@Huskerstildeath MSU beat only ONE team that ended the season ranked.  Let's count them again.  ONE....  They also lost to a 4 loss ND team (4 losses is worse than 3 losses for LSU) that ended the season UNRANKED.  Auburn beat FOUR teams that ended the season ranked .  Fairly simple.  It helps to look at the schedules before asking questions.

Michael85
Michael85

@Huskerstildeath Because MSU isn't as good as Auburn or FSU. They are better than Ohio State who is overrated at 7 let alone  the #2 position they had.

SandHills
SandHills

@dandogwood


Yep, that will be another stab in the wound that is South Carolina - who beat UCF, and Clem's son (also playing in a BCS bowl).  IF, IF those Gamecocks could only have not slipped up in the Tennessee game....the agony of it all.....

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Only if you like drinking battery acid... no one wants to see another "repeat" game for NC... not EVER again.

SandHills
SandHills

@lumbergh


Phantom loss is another way to say - loss, and to a team that got thoroughly squashed by the last SEC team it played.  Oh, let's not forget that MSU comes out of the Big Hype conference, you know, where a team like OSU can romp undefeated for the last two seasons....


Shameless how MSU fans want to claim that hype crown that they knocked off OSU.  


Well, Stanford will show us all why any MSU claim to a NCG is all hype....

Michael85
Michael85

You must be smoking the same stuff that MSU coach was smoking when he said that since they beat the #2 team they deserve to jump from 10 to 2. #4 is a gift. The proper spot is a jump to #5 or 6.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

@lumbergh the 2012 notre dame team would destroy the 2013 osu or msu teams.  please go back to your short track dirt racing or whatever you backwoods peninsula types are into. 

woodson26
woodson26

that very well may be....but at least I didnt sleep with lumberg

SandHills
SandHills

@morejunk


To add insult to injury, UCF will be playing in the Fiesta Bowl - another team getting a $18M reward for losing to the Gamecocks....

Michael85
Michael85

There is a 2 team max per conference rule. Auburn is in automatically as SEC Conference Champ & Alabama is in because the BCS has had a rule since the late 90s that if the #3 ranked team isn't already in the BCS under other rules, is from an AQ Conference, has at least 9 wins, is an automatic bid winner provided their participation doesn't break the 2 team max per conference rule. Therefore with Auburn & Alabama automatically in the BCS, South Carolina & Missouri, who would have been eligible otherwise, automatically became ineligible from BCS. Throw in the fact that Orange Bowl execs have to call ACC HQ for permission to go to the bathroom, and you get highest ranked eligible ACC team (Clemson) in the Orange Bowl.

 Also South Carolina is, at best, the 4th best team in the Conference. Do you really believe that any conference's 4th best team belongs in the BCS? Let's put it another way...let's say that there is no 3rd ranked team rule & Sugar, with its SEC tie-in, has to decide  between Alabama--#3 ranked, only 1-loss 2-time defending NC, winners of 3 of the last 4 NCs, 1 crazy game-ending play that will go down in CFB history from playing in its 3rd straight NCG, 2nd highest ranked SEC after the Champion, travels well & gets ratings and South Carolina---ranked 9th, lowest ranked of eligible SEC teams, 2 losses, has only won 2 football championships in 118 years--1969 ACC & 2012 SEC East, has never been in BCS, doesn't really know how it travels & will not get the ratings Alabama will get. So you tell me---since South Carolina can't get in the BCS in addition to Auburn & Alabama, does South Carolina belong in the BCS at the expense of Alabama?

KingFink
KingFink

I believe that no single conference can get more than two BCS participants. Clemson may not be as good as SC, but they're also not the third or fourth best team in their conference. It's unfair, but that's how it goes.


Michael85
Michael85

Sugar will begin its SEC/Big12 combined tie-in relationship next year so they are more inclined to make Big12 happy than PAC12. Throw in the fact that Oklahoma is closer geographically than Oregon & travels better than Oregon so Sugar went with Oklahoma. It was a fairly easy decision for them to make.

KingFink
KingFink

Are you saying that Ohio State, despite losing, should be in the title game? 


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ehrenrj
ehrenrj

@6marK6 @Ol' Time Gator

Plus are you going to exclude Alabama or Auburn from the BCS just to get Missouri or South Carolina in?  

Chessmaster
Chessmaster

Then you didn't read/comprehend this article's synapses of the NC game; FSU has an exceptional defense... far more impressive than AU's. I'd argue further, as there are many other factors favoring the Noles in this game... but its only a month off, so just wait and see.

Steven62
Steven62

I agree:  I don't understand MSU leapfrogging Stanford.  At least we can see this one resolved on the playing field!  Maybe MSU's offense will show up . . . but one never knows with them.

Tom75
Tom75

Well you did but it was a completely different Lumberg.

ehrenrj
ehrenrj

@Michael85 Wow!  Chill, dude.


SC may be the fourth best team in the SEC (more like third since they actually beat Missouri), but they are better than the second-best team of the ACC in Clemson.  I am well aware of the two-team limit per conference but that doesn't mean more deserving teams were passed over.  SC over UAT?  No.  But SC over CU?  Yes.  Next year this scenario will be righted and SC will be in a bigger game though CU would still be in the Orange.


Bye Bye BCS

Bwanaron
Bwanaron

@Michael85 ....so once again it does not come down to the better team but money !!


Chessmaster
Chessmaster

You want your team to play in a big bowl? Then win your conference... hell, at least win your division! Everyone's a homer with blinders on.

Michael85
Michael85

Yes Bwanaron money. How many tickets can a school sell & how many hotel rooms get filled, how many restaurants & bars will be overflowing. That's all these bowls have ever been about---generating money for the local economy.