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After an improbable day of college football, Ohio State finds itself No. 2 in the latest AP Poll and possibly one win away from playing for the national championship. The AP Poll does not factor into the BCS standings.
Ohio State-Michigan and Auburn-Alabama are the two greatest rivalries in college football and both series saw perhaps their finest game on Saturday. The Buckeyes intercepted a two-point conversion with 32 seconds left that would have won the game for the Wolverines, while the Tigers scored twice in the final 32 seconds, including a 109-yard missed field goal return on the final play, to beat the two-time defending-champion Crimson Tide.
It sets up another intriguing Championship Saturday this week. The cities of Indianapolis (Ohio State-Michigan State), Charlotte (Florida State-Duke) and Atlanta (Auburn-Missouri) will host games that will likely determine who plays in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.
Auburn AD Jay Jacobs is already lobbying for the victor in the SEC Championship Game to play for the national title. Politicking is an annual rite of early December for coaches, players and administrators. The biggest problem hamstringing the Tigers is that loss to LSU. The Seminoles and Buckeyes are undefeated.
“An SEC team can’t get left out of the (championship game) with one loss,” Jacobs told Dan Wolken of USA Today. “We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation, and a team ahead of us struggled [yesterday]. And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it’s us or Missouri — you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team.”
Jacobs then went on to say it would be a “disservice to the nation” if a one-loss Auburn team was left out of the title game.
“I think if you’re a voter and you’re thinking about it, you don’t make the jump of a one-loss over an undefeated until you have to,” ESPN BCS guru Brad Edwards said. “You don’t have to do it until next week, so regardless, don’t read too much one way or the other into today’s poll.”
The BCS standings will be released tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.