There have been some epic finishes in the history of college football, but has there ever been one bigger than what we saw tonight between Auburn and Alabama? It’s an unlikely win off a most unlikely play–a returned field goal for a touchdown. I guess lightning strikes twice in the same place after all because this is the second miracle that Auburn has pulled off this this season. There really isn’t much to be said. What a great game for the ages. Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers!
What does this mean for the BCS? If Auburn beats Mizzou in the SEC championship, there’s no question in my mind that they deserve to play for the national championship. A one-loss Auburn deserves to jump over a no-loss Ohio State in my view. Brad Edwards says that if Auburn wins out, they’ll go to number one in the computers (see below). Whether they will be able to leapfrog Ohio State with the voters remains to be seen. I think they should.
What about Bama? Are they out of it for good? What if Auburn and Ohio State lose next week? Should Bama–a team that did not even win its conference–be allowed to play for the championship? That’s what happened in 2011 when LSU and Bama faced each other in the national championship game. Should that be allowed to happen again? No way. Either Auburn or Mizzou will emerge next week as a one loss SEC champion, and there’s no way that Bama should be able to leap frog the team that wins the SEC championship. Bama’s title hopes ended in Auburn tonight.