The opportunities remain for the SEC to stretch its national championship streak to eight years, but it probably will need help.
Obviously, undefeated Florida State (12-0) and Ohio State (12-0), which are Nos. 1 and 2 in the BCS Standings, have the best shot at playing for the national title.
SEC teams lurk, though. Either Auburn (11-1) at No. 3, Alabama (11-1) at No. 4 or Missouri (11-1) at No. 5 could find itself playing for the big one, depending on what happens in this week’s conference title games.
Here’s what ESPN BCS expert Brad Edwards said on “Colin’s New Football Show” on Sunday:
If Auburn wins (the SEC championship game), they will have closed the season with back-to-back victories over top-five teams, which is incredible. You don’t end the season like that. Resume-wise, Auburn has the edge over Ohio State. The question is, how many voters would be willing to move them in front. If that happens, I think Auburn will be the No. 1 team in the computers. If that happens, maybe a third of the voters need to move Auburn ahead of Ohio State. A third, I think, is doable. When you start getting up in the area of one-half, I think that’s asking too much. A third is possible.
You can read more of his comments here.
Auburn, Alabama and Missouri have played tougher schedules and defeated much better teams than Ohio State, but the Buckeyes are a solid No. 2 in the BCS, so those teams and SEC supporters need No. 10 Michigan State (11-1) to upset the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game.
Or at least they need Ohio State to play poorly and have either Auburn (or possibly Missouri) play exceedingly well in the SEC title game, so a one-loss SEC champ would jump the Buckeyes in the final BCS Standings.
From Outkick the Coverage: “After two full seasons as head coach of the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer has still not played a top 15 team and Ohio State hasn’t even played a top ten in the regular season team since 2009. The Buckeyes haven’t beaten a top ten team in the regular season since 2006.”
“Auburn, if they beat Missouri next week, I think is going to be pretty strong in the computers,” Edwards said on “SportsCenter” on Saturday night. “I think there’s a good chance they could be No. 1 in several of the computers, ahead of undefeated Florida State and Ohio State. If they get that high, they just need some voters to rank them ahead of Ohio State.”
Missouri and Alabama also have some life, especially if both Ohio State and FSU, which plays Duke in the ACC title game, both lose.
I don’t see that happening, but I also didn’t foresee Auburn shocking the Tide.
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