The SEC gets another shot at extending its national title streak.
Auburn, the conference and its fans can thank Michigan State for that.
The Spartans defeated No. 2 and previously undefeated Ohio State 34-24 Saturday night to ruin the Buckeyes’ dreams, meaning that Auburn’s dream season will continue with a date with No. 1 Florida State for the national championship.
The game will be played at 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl.
Likely BCS. Title: FSU-Auburn; Rose: MSU-Stan; Orange: Clem-Ohio St; Sugar: Bama-OU or Oregon; Fiesta: Baylor-UCF
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) December 8, 2013
The SEC has won the past seven national titles, dating to Texas’ win over Southern California to cap the 2005 season.
Since then, Alabama has won three titles (2009, ‘11, ‘12), Florida has won two (’06, ‘08), and LSU (’07) and Auburn (’10) have one each.
Ohio State was looking to win its first national title since 2002, when the Buckeyes defeated Miami in the Orange Bowl. But Michigan State held the Buckeyes in check and will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State still doesn't have an AP win against a top ten team outside of a bowl game since 2006. 2006!
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravisBGID) December 8, 2013
Auburn (12-1) went 3-9 last year and 0-8 in the SEC. The Tigers needed a last-minute touchdown to defeat Texas A&M earlier this season and then survived on an improbable TD pass to beat Georgia and Chris Davis’ famous return of a missed field goal attempt to shock Alabama last week.