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Headlined by FSU-Auburn, final BCS table all but set

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The final BCS rankings and matchups for the BCS games won’t be officially announced until Sunday night.

Thanks to Ohio State’s loss and barring some successful, last-minute backroom politicking, however, the marquee postseason games are all but set in stone.

First and foremost, top-ranked Florida State and third-ranked (for now) Auburn will square off in the BCS title game, scheduled for Jan. 6 in Pasadena’s iconic Rose Bowl.  The Seminoles are the lone remaining undefeated team in the country, having bulldozed its way through its 2013 schedule to the combined tune of 689-139.  The SEC champion Tigers are just one year removed from a winless season in conference play that ended with Gene Chizik getting booted into the unemployment coaching line just two years removed from AU’s last BCS title.

The Rose Bowl, armed with agreements with the Big Ten and Pac-12, is set as well, with 12-1 Michigan State and 11-2 Stanford, each winners of their respective league’s championship games Saturday, set for the New Year’s Day game.

That leaves the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar bowls with spots up for grabs, although those are all but officially filled as well.

For the final year of the BCS, the picking pecking order will go Orange, Sugar and Fiesta.  The first two will lose their conference champ tie-ins to the BCS title game, with the Orange getting the first pick of a replacement ahead of the Sugar in addition to the first at-large selection.

The Orange Bowl, according to various bowl officials and media outlets, appear poised to select 12-1 Ohio State and 10-2 Clemson for the Jan. 3 game.  The Buckeyes, despite the loss in the Big Ten title game, are still an attractive selection given their national brand and how their fans travel, while the Tigers will benefit from the ACC/Orange Bowl relationship cultivated over many years.

Alabama, by virtue of a top-4 finish in the final BCS rankings — the 11-1 Tide was No. 4 entering Week 15 — is guaranteed a spot in a BCS bowl, which by most every projection will be the Sugar Bowl.  The opponent, though, is the biggest BCS uncertainty remaining.  10-2 Oklahoma is the name most mentioned, thanks in large part to the Big 12/SEC/Sugar/Champions Bowl agreement moving forward in the new College Football Playoff.  The Sooners also must finish inside the top-14 in the final BCS rankings, though.  Another possibility?  10-2 Oregon, although there is concern as to how the Ducks’ fan base would travel to New Orleans.

The Fiesta Bowl is contractually obligated to take the Big 12 champion, meaning 11-1 Baylor is guaranteed to fill one of that postseason game’s spots.  Because the AAC is guaranteed a BCS berth, and because the Fiesta Bowl gets the last selection behind the Orange and Sugar, the American champion UCF (11-1) will head to the desert for a date with the Bears.

(Writer’s note: under BCS guidelines, no conference can have more than two of its teams play in a BCS bowl in any one year.)

Below are CFT’s projections for the five BCS games, although the Sugar Bowl is most decidedly to be determined:

Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 3 Auburn

Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ET
Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No. 7 Stanford vs. No. 10 Michigan State

Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. ET
University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.

No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 16 UCF

Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. ET
Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, LA

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 18 Oklahoma

Jan. 3, TBD
Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 13 Clemson

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58 Responses to “Headlined by FSU-Auburn, final BCS table all but set”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:48 AM

    Oklahoma is beyond undeserving of a BCS berth, they’ve hardly been more than mediocre all year.

  2. filmex2000 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:00 AM

    And a grateful nation says, “Thank you, Ohio State”.

  3. lanzurrah says: Dec 8, 2013 2:00 AM

    Oklahoma is garbage. Throw Oregon in with Bama…way more entertaining.

  4. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 2:02 AM

    BAMA wants OSU. Just the thought of it will give UMeyer another heart attack.

  5. raysfan1 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:04 AM

    10-2 is neither “mediocre” nor “garbage.” That said, although I understand about the concern regarding Oregon fans traveling to New Orleans, I think there’s little doubt the TV ratings would be higher if Oregon were Alabama’s opponent.

  6. pricecube says: Dec 8, 2013 2:05 AM

    Oregon Bama is the most likely matchup for the Sugar IMO. The ratings will be huge and is a game I ant to watch!

  7. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 2:06 AM

    Mizzou and Tex A&M SUCKED in the Big 12. A&M missed a bowl game 5 of the last 10 years, and Mizzou was nothing special. Then they get to the SEC and dominate SEC teams. Maybe the SEC isn’t all that good.

    You can’t talk about how good you are, then get dominated by the big 12 6th and 7th best teams, and still talk about how good you are.

    The Yankees, Red Sox, Orioles and Rays are really good. They call the AL East the AL Beast fora reason. But if the 6th and 7th best Japanese teams join the division, and go to 2 championships in 2 years, and have Chan Ho Manziel, the best player in the division, it’s about time to stop honking your own horn.

  8. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:08 AM

    So Mizzu will be around a top 5 team and be left out of a BCS bowl? That is bad for them. They had a good run.

  9. sportsguy3434 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:21 AM

    You guys trying to use Mizzu and TAMU as examples:

    TAMU got a new coach and a heisman winning qb for their transition and they have still been middle of the pack for the SEC west the last two years. How would they have done in the big 12 last year? Ask the Big 12 champion Sooners who were destroyed by them last year.

    Mizzu- Last year they were in the basement and this year they have a great qb and receivers. Their division is in the east which has recently been weaker than the west. They won a terribly weak east this year.

  10. frug says: Dec 8, 2013 2:27 AM

    I’ll take a stab at predicting what the bowls would look like if they used next year’s CFP criteria (note that for simplicity sake I am assuming that the Fiesta and Peach Bowls are used for the playoffs and the committee seeds the bowls using the BCS rankings which I am going to have to guess)

    FSU vs. MSU

    Auburn vs. Alabama

    Stanford vs. tOSU

    Mizzou vs. Baylor

    Clemson vs. USCe

    Oregon vs. Fresno St.

    Here is my thought process:

    The top 3 will definitely be FSU, Auburn, and Alabama in that order. Michigan St. will probably be #4, but Stanford and Baylor could also grab that slot. For now I am assuming MSU though.

    That means FSU/MSU in one bowl and Auburn/’Bama in the other. Since FSU is the top ranked team they go to the nearest playoff bowl (the Peach in this case). The Alabama schools then go to the Fiesta.

    Next the Rose Bowl pits PAC champ Stanford against the top available B1G team, Ohio St.

    After that, the Sugar Bowl takes Big XII champ Baylor and the top remaining SEC team, USCe (possibly Missouri).

    The Orange Bowl is then gets the top available ACC team (Clemson) and the highest ranked remaining team from the B1G/SEC or Notre Dame. That means Missouri or maybe USCe.

    Finally, the Cotton Bowl is stuck with the highest ranked remaining team (Oregon) and the highest rated Group of 5 champ (Fresno St.)

    I’ll post updated projections when the official BCS standings are released.

  11. waynefontes says: Dec 8, 2013 2:49 AM

    hittfamily says:
    Dec 8, 2013 2:06 AM
    Mizzou and Tex A&M SUCKED in the Big 12. A&M missed a bowl game 5 of the last 10 years, and Mizzou was nothing special. Then they get to the SEC and dominate SEC teams. Maybe the SEC isn’t all that good.

    You can’t talk about how good you are, then get dominated by the big 12 6th and 7th best teams, and still talk about how good you are.

    You do know that last year, Texas A&M CRUSHED Big 12 co-champion Oklahoma when they played. Missouri also won two division titles in their last five years in the Big 12.

    Texas A&M and Mizzou have won one division title between them in two years.. wow, that is domination.

    Actually if your conference has won the last seven national championships (by four different schools), you can talk about how good you are.

    I understand your inferiority complex, but don’t kid yourself – the SEC is that good.

  12. kcrobert10 says: Dec 8, 2013 2:51 AM

    Yes the sec must suck that’s why they have two teams in the bcs. So what that mizzou and Texas a&m are having success in the sec. Makes the conference better. Quit being mad we left that Texas conference behind time to move on. Where is brownstown I’m so happy his Ohio st team choked. You get ur come uppins when act like that. Anyway I don’t think mizzou gets bcs props this yr but a top 10 finish will be nice. Think auburn will give fla st all it wants. Another year another sec championship. Alabama would be a better match up with idk don’t care don’t even think bama will care. That Clemson v Ohio st game ought to be fun for about a half then watch Clemson smoke them. The Stanford v Mich st game is going to be an old fashion 3 yrds in a cloud of dust match up might nap through it. Last Baylor v ucf really really ucf why don’t we send Baylor to play bama that would be fun. Ucf come on the big east needs to go. U could send mizzou, south Carolina, or Oregon out there and it would more entertaining. Anyway just remember to chant sec sec sec when auburn hoists the title.

  13. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 3:15 AM

    The SEC is good because of perception. They have deals with both ESPN and CBS, the 2 biggest CFB networks. They get hyped up like there are no other teams. The Canes were great in the Big East. Va Tech was great in the Big East. They come to the ACC, and get rolled, week after week.

    That’s not the case of the SEC’s 2 newest teams. They are rolling these overranked SEC teams. When ESPN and CBS’ sole goal is to convince people how good the SEC is, you can’t point to polls to sell me, because pollsters are influenced by this noise that ESPN and CBS sell. If the Yomiuri Giants beat the tar out of the Red Sox and Yankees, stop telling me how good the AL East is. If the Toronto Juggernauts join the AFC west and roll the Seahawks, stop telling me how good the AFC West is. If the lowly Aggies and Mizzou join the SEC, and roll through the SEC, stop telling me how good the SEC is. ESPN and CBS already tell me enough!

  14. titansbro says: Dec 8, 2013 6:34 AM

    Seahawks are in the NFC west moron. I really can’t comprehend how any one can say the SEC isn’t by far the best conference in college football. You can’t honestly believe it deep down. It’s been proven year after year. Supposed big time teams from other conferences play SEC teams & wind up getting rolled. ND was supposed to be good last year, how’d that turn out? The Tressel OSU teams were supposed to be good, until they met up with SEC teams. It’s not really even worth debating so I’m not sure why I’m even commenting.

  15. shadeforourbattle says: Dec 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    I remember the NFL before the salary cap when the 49er’s and Bears played in a joke division and the Cowboys, Giants and Redskins played in the best division, and everybody with any football IQ higher than Forest Gump’s real IQ knew that when any of these teams met in the NFC Championship game that that was the Superbowl. We all knew that the AFC was a joke. San Fran blew out the Dolphins in ’85 and the 1985 loser of the NFC Championship the Bears the next year blew out the Patriots in 1986 after New England defeated the defending AFC Champion Dolphins. What about those horrible Bronco teams that were slaughtered by the Giants, Redskins and 49er’s. The three respective losers of the NFC Championship games those years would have destroyed the Broncos just the same (The Redskins and Giants took turns doing just that same thing) All of those blowout Super Bowls where the inferior AFC got annihilated by the superior NFC prove me true. The AFC was so bad that a 300 pound defensive tackle from Chicago scored a touchdown in a Superbowl against the AFC pathetic Patriots. For right now, the SEC is the equivalent of the NFC dynasty at that time in the NFL. Don’t take my word for it. “With 63 draft picks, SEC produces a quarter of the NFL’s talent” Be a fan of your team, but you have to be realistic, otherwise you just look silly and like a person who truly does not understand the game. Arguing against the SEC superiority in today’s college football is like a person arguing that the NFC really wasn’t that good in the 1980’s and 1990’s. For those that don’t know the NFC won 15 out of the 20 Super Bowls from 1980-2000. To show all of you that I am a lover of football (and not just my beloved SEC), I think that FSU takes out Auburn this year. Auburn’s pass defense vs a major air spread attack against Missouri was exposed. I think that FSU has a defense capable of stopping Auburn in order for the FSU passing attack to take advantage of a very weak secondary of Auburn. FSU is a multiple threat team as they can run it and their QB can run at any time or extend plays with his feet. Just my two cents from a huge SEC fan. To all of the attackers of the southern states,why are major corporations fleeing western, midwestern and northern states and coming to the southern states if we are so backwards? Food for thought.

  16. taintedlombardis says: Dec 8, 2013 8:36 AM

    Corporations flee to Southern states because southern politicians are for sale.

  17. fsu01 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:46 AM

    I can just see SEC fan now in one of two scenarios: If Auburn wins … Awesome 8 straight for SEC. If FSU wins it will be … with Jumbo and Pruitt and they play in the south they are essentially an SEC team… Awesome 8 straight for the SEC.

  18. cometkazie says: Dec 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    shadeforourbattle says:
    Dec 8, 2013 7:20 AM

    Well said.

    taintedlombardis: Which former congressmen are in jail?

    It’s more obvious in the south.

  19. fsu01 says: Dec 8, 2013 8:47 AM

    Should be Jimbo not Jumbo.

  20. tigersdawgs says: Dec 8, 2013 8:52 AM

    Hope all the Auburn women wear their chastity belts to this game!

  21. shlort says: Dec 8, 2013 8:59 AM

    So, Auburn gets extremely lucky against Georgia and Alabama. Both games they should have lost. They lost to LSU and barely got by A&M. Basically a team on a lucky streak who played bad teams the rest of the way. Florida State will destroy Auburn and we will all wonder why that game was even made happen.

    I am bored with the system that decides who will be in contention for the National Championship. It seems like it is always the SEC Champ vs the ACC Champ. No one else ever has a shot and there are teams that cold win it all if there were a playoff system.

  22. halbert53 says: Dec 8, 2013 9:04 AM

    Dislike the limit of 2 per conference and allowing UCF to play in BCS bowl. This isn’t about conference or dislike of UCF. Missouri was ranked #5 and will drop some but still would likely be ranked higher than OK or UCF. There also may be other teams higher ranked without a BCS bowl.

    I would prefer:
    Sugar, Bama vs. Ohio State.
    Orange, Missouri vs. Clemson.

  23. BrownsTown says: Dec 8, 2013 9:22 AM

    Can’t wait until Auburn loses and the conference fans counter with claims that Bama would have beaten FSU. That will be the most inevitable outcome since the last obesity rankings by state were released and a certain region was overrepresented….again.

  24. taintedlombardis says: Dec 8, 2013 9:25 AM

    Without the DoD presence in Alabama, the place would be a total shithole. Federal dollars prop up Alabama.

  25. BrownsTown says: Dec 8, 2013 9:30 AM

    Thanks for calling to me, kcroberto. It is that important to you that another school in your conference be able to potentially win a title game, just so you feel less bad about whatever it is you feel bad about? If that’s the case, you all need it more than I do.


  26. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 9:37 AM

    In places like Alabam, they actually have a public problem called “Mountain Dew Mouth”. No seriously, this is a real thing. They drink so much mountain Dew, and forget to brush twice a day, that their teeth are rotten by 15. This is not surprising though. The Actually have a college named after POPULAR governor George Wallace. And why not? Is the school motto “Segregation today, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation forever”?

    So good luck Alabaman’s. College football is the only thing to be proud of.

  27. artisan3m says: Dec 8, 2013 9:44 AM

    Its fun to watch Baylor be relegated to the “oh, by the way” column. After being the conference doormat since the Big 12 was created, winning it and getting a BCS bid knots the knickers of the big writers and network gugu’s. I don’t expect them to get the headlines of a Florida State, OSU, Bama, Auburn, etc ~ but they are conference champs and deserve more than they are getting. Here’s the rub ~ Briles will be coaching Baylor for the next five to seven years (on a ten year deal) and based on his past performance, Baylor may well be playing for a national championship within that span. I suppose if that happens, the big scribes will headline basketball before the Bears.

  28. longtallsam says: Dec 8, 2013 10:06 AM

    shlort says: Dec 8, 2013 8:59 AM
    “It seems like it is always the SEC Champ vs the ACC Champ. No one else ever has a shot…”

    Huh?? Hasn’t it been ten years or more since the ACC has had a team in the NC game?

    And to those who are complaining about UCF in the BCS, their only loss is to USC, which will be about #6 in the final poll, and that game went down to the wire. UCF is the one team that should be ranked higher.

  29. hittfamily says: Dec 8, 2013 10:12 AM

    1 loss UCF didn’t have to win via Hail Mary or a last second missed FG return. They also didn’t give up 42 points in their conference championship game. Maybe there should be an all Florida game in the national championship, because a 3 point loss to South Carolina looks better than a 14 point loss to LSU.

  30. noaxetogrind says: Dec 8, 2013 10:14 AM

    @ fsu01, hittfamily & BrownsTown;
    As John Adams famously said, “Facts are stubborn little things”. Not a fan of any particualr conference but am not so blinded by some type of insecurity that I can’t be objective. I present the following FACTS for your irrational pleasure.
    1. We can start anywhere you want, All Time Bowl Winning record or just use the BCS era, it doesn’t matter, the SEC has dominated post season play. Now if your hypothesis is that it’s all just a media conspiracy to prop up the SEC were true, then it would stand to reason that when these propped up inferior SEC teams played they would lose. Here are the FACTS for the BCS era; BCS Bowls…..SEC is 17-8, PAC 12 is 2nd best at 13-7 and the Big Ten is a fine 12-14 followed by the ACC with their stellar 3-13 record. I can hear it now, yea but they play the games in good weather so the good weather teams have an advantage, as if good weather only benefits teams that play in it more. Not to mention that the ACC’s weather is not that different than the SEC’s weather (Miami, FSU) and it sure doesn’t seem to have helped.
    2. If it is all part of a media conspiracy, which is in itself laughable since the vast majority of electronic and print media power brokers are from the NE and Midwest, however lest I digress, then they must have the NFL fooled as well since the SEC has overwhelmingly dominated NFL rosters for the last 25 years.
    3. Since the BCS era started in 1998, the SEC has won 9 NC’s as we head into this post season. Everybody talks about the 7 straight started by Florida’s win in 06. However what is even more impressive is that run has been accomplished by FOUR different teams with 3 of those 4 winning multiple championships.
    4. Lastly, several folks on here, most notably you BrownsTown have taken sarcastic, totally off the subject swipes at the South, revealing more about yourself than adding anything of substance to the argument. Envy and bigotry are never attractive.

  31. tony34343434 says: Dec 8, 2013 10:22 AM

    I am a very weak and insecure Bama fan. I do not root for ONE team but for 14!!!!!!!!


    ROLL US BABIES!!!!!!

  32. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 10:24 AM

    Enjoy the Pinstripe Bowl ND

  33. trunks2312 says: Dec 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    noaxetogrind that was very well said. It’s amazing the information people choose to ignore when making a so called point. But hey those people have “mountain dew mouth” so that’s why the SEC sucks right? Ha

  34. tgaustin says: Dec 8, 2013 11:26 AM

    All this “my mom is better than your mom” conference talk is absurd! There are good/great teams all across the land in every conference. I thought Mich. St looked great, being the first time I saw them play this year. Same for Mizzou in a lost. Even though Okie. St went down to OU, I think they are a for sure BCS caliber team. Then out west you got Stanford and UCLA along with Oregon putting out great teams as well.

    Why can’t people just enjoy the fact that there is so much parody in college football today, which is good! Now, when either Mike Tomlin or Jim Harbough end up coaching the Longhorns(wishful thinking), then obviously the Big XII will be the best conference.

  35. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 11:41 AM

    I thought y’all wanted SABAN, tg

  36. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 11:45 AM

    One of the things overlooked in this matchup as well is that Auburn will have an advantage in preparation knowing our roster like film couldn’t even tell you because a few of our coaches left this off-season to join Malzahn’s staff, most notably the QB coach, Dameyun Craig. However, I do think Jimbo will have a plan for that.

  37. bikerhal says: Dec 8, 2013 11:52 AM

    I would like to humbly point out that when LSU won the National Championship over Ohio State, LSU was a two-loss SEC team and still won.

    By the way, I would like to see a playoff between all teams in the top ten, not just four. The TOP 2 would enjoy bye week. We could shorten the regular season two games to allow for sufficient time. Cut out all the mismatches between higher echelon teams and cupcakes. Can’t understand why all other sports have real playoffs but not CF. We could even have a secondary tournament for the other teams, much like the NIT in basketball. Just sayin’. We could all end this garbage talk and really enjoy the sport of college football.

  38. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 12:05 PM

    Going to a four team playoff is plenty. The regular season is the playoffs. The problem has mostly been voters and their agendas in the past more than anything. I can’t recall anytime in my life when all of the major conference champs as well as a few at large teams were all strong enough to lay claim to being good enough to win it all; it’s simply a myth. There are usually 2 or 3 teams that are head and shoulders better than everyone else and this year is no exception. If you did a playoff this year, FSU, Auburn, Alabama, and Michigan State would be those 4. You could make a case for UCF over Michigan State who I would put there instead just because they have a very good defense and I’d like that to be part of the mix (even though UCF’s is no slouch) depending on what you think of their schedule.

    You don’t want to get into a situation like with college basketball where the regular season is meaningless with more teams added. That’s the beauty of college football, the cream rises to the top 99.9% of the time just like yesterday when it all worked itself out in the end.

  39. imaduffer says: Dec 8, 2013 12:09 PM

    Condi Rice says, if the playoffs were this year it would be, FSU, Auburn, Michigan St. and ………………………Stanford.

  40. realfootballfan says: Dec 8, 2013 12:18 PM

    Also, one last thing before I go watch some NFL games today. Missouri “walking into the SEC” and dominating is kind of a silly argument. They play in the SEC East which has been dominated by Florida the past 7 or so years. Their new coach can’t figure out the offensive side of the ball (Florida’s defense was still very good,), that offensive ineptness left the East wide open. Georgia was very good until they sustained injuries to almost their entire offensive team, which is pretty absurd that you think any team could withstand that. That would be like FSU losing Benjamin, Green, and most of our RB committee and still being expected to withstand that against major teams like LSU, Missouri, South Carolina, etc. week in, week out. It’s nonsense to think that they could have overcome that.

    Now, past those two normally good teams, Tennessee is in the middle of a major rebuild and South Carolina went to the wire with Missouri for the division and outright beat them head to head while playing a tougher schedule.

    So if you’re somewhere else in the country trying to sell the SEC short, you’re just showing your lack of football acumen. It’s embarrassing. No conference has as many good teams top to bottom.

  41. iowahbr says: Dec 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    If we don’t get Ohio State vs Alabama in the “Overpaid Coaches Bowl” the Bowl system is completely broken. this is what fans want, not Bama vs Oklahoma or Ohio State vs Clemson. Let Clemson play Oklahoma.

  42. trunks2312 says: Dec 8, 2013 12:21 PM


    I’m with you on more teams in the playoffs, but if it was the top ten then you’d have six teams in the second round (if your giving the top 2 bye weeks). It’d have to be 8 or 12 (with the bye weeks for top 2).

  43. dmvtransplant says: Dec 8, 2013 12:54 PM

    If you want to maximize your tickets the logical sense would be:

    Baylor vs Oregon

    Bama vs OSU

    UCF vs Clemson

    That way the Orange gets a Florida team. Oregon fans aren’t expected to go further than Arizona and the Sugar Bowl is Saban vs Meyer.

  44. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 8, 2013 1:04 PM


    ESPN also has TV contracts with the PAC 12, ACC, B1G, the Little 12, and the SEC. ESPN also developed the LHN. So?

    The SEC is the big dog when it comes to CFB. Just like the B1G is for Men’s basketball. The three top rated football games this year were from the SEC. The SEC is in reality a money machine for the NCAA and the TV (cable and network) executives. It is all about
    TV Market share and the SEC has NATIONAL exposure week in, week out when it comes to college football.

    The advent of the SEC network fall of 2014 is going to help make the SEC a ton of money and additional exposure NATIONALLY. Right now, there is a bidding war brewing between NBC, Fox and CBS on the SEC game of the week since CBS’s contract is expiring.

    With the new playoff system coming into play, what happens when two teams from the same conference make the four team playoff? Take the top four teams this year. Auburn,
    Alabama, FSU, and OSU. You think conference commissioners won’t be whining that the SEC has two teams in the final four? It is about competition and the SEC excels across the board in football. 10 of the 14 teams are bowl eligible. That begats success in recruiting.

    Will it always be this way? Nope. I will be cheering for each and every SEC in their
    respective bowl games because we may hate each other when we play one another, but when it comes to playing OOC, we’re all in the same boat….making the SEC the best conference it can be.


  45. normtide says: Dec 8, 2013 1:06 PM

    SEC haters out in full force today. This is a football blog, and your forced to use non-football arguments. Dominated again. Your just embarrassing yourselves now. Maybe you should be on the national spelling bee blog. But people like browns crying makes it all worth it.

  46. be4bama says: Dec 8, 2013 1:18 PM

    Most BAMA fans want OSU.

  47. waylev43 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:20 PM

    I suppose when people run out of arguments about the quality of a particular football team, they resort to vicious name calling and biased references about a region or state. That’s okay. Stay in your region or state and miss out on the rich anemities, hospitality, and culture of ours. In the meantime stop being so juvenile and ignorant, and try to to stick to the topic of football on this forum.

  48. fsu01 says: Dec 8, 2013 1:57 PM

    noaxtogrind, first off I never once downplayed what the SEC has accomplished, but thank you for the psychoanalysis now I can sleep better knowing what is wrong with me. I acknowledge the success of the conference. I am simply stating SEC fans attitude not strength of conference. Go back and look at previous posts by the fans and you will see what I mean. No problem with success of conference but it’s fans need to act like they have been there before because as you point out… they have.

  49. totallysirius says: Dec 8, 2013 1:59 PM

    Florida State/Michigan State would be an excellent matchup for the Championship Game.

    Florida State’s offense hasn’t faced a defense like MSU’s.

    That would also make for a great Rose Bowl, Stanford/Ohio State.

  50. packergator says: Dec 8, 2013 3:21 PM

    For next year I’d think (or at least hope) that there would be no BCS rankings at all – just AP, Harris, and Coach’s poll rankings. Then the four teams would be selected like the NCAA Tournament field of 68 is, where the season-ending rankings have very little importance. You know that field will expand, probably to eight and then sixteen, using the bowl games – if for no other reason than TV and ticket sales.

  51. shadeforourbattle says: Dec 8, 2013 6:07 PM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Dec 8, 2013 8:36 AM
    Corporations flee to Southern states because southern politicians are for sale.

    Man you are either intellectually immature or biased. Which is it? I got news for you. Water is wet, the sky is blue, there are no such things as unicorns, Easter Bunnies, Santa Claus, and ALL politicians are BOUGHT & PAID FOR regardless of party or geography. You might want to come up with a better argument than that, or else do you still believe in the Tooth Fairy?

  52. jkaflagg says: Dec 8, 2013 6:20 PM

    No argument with Alabama…..but Clemson ? Purely an attract the locals pick…..

  53. chumthumper says: Dec 8, 2013 6:59 PM

    Sure is good know that teams are selected to go to bowl games on merit rather than how well their fans travel. Just another subjective factor in ratings and selection.

  54. normtide says: Dec 8, 2013 8:56 PM

    It’s always been that way with bowls, chum. That was the reason the BCS was started. Fanbase matters. The playoff will improve on what the BCS started though.

    Politicians for sale in the south? I’m sure the unions haven’t done that for decades in the north. People in the south love it here. People up north are the ones migrating. Seems some of the ones who can’t make it out are bitter. Your weather and your college football teams suck. Your pro teams thrive on southern talent.

  55. waynefontes says: Dec 9, 2013 9:54 AM

    jkaflagg says:
    Dec 8, 2013 6:20 PM
    No argument with Alabama…..but Clemson ? Purely an attract the locals pick…..


    I can’t argue with that. But Oklahoma? No way they should be in an BCS bowl.

    Alabama will make that painfully obvious in a few weeks.

    Oregon should’ve gotten that spot. I’m no Oregon fan, but that game would be 1000 times more interesting than seeing “Big Game” Bob come up just short once again.

  56. waynefontes says: Dec 9, 2013 10:05 AM

    taintedlombardis says:
    Dec 8, 2013 8:36 AM
    Corporations flee to Southern states because southern politicians are for sale.

    I disagree with you on many things, but I know you’re a smart man. But come on, don’t act like this is just a Southern issue.

    Politicians are for sale everywhere. Look at Illinois with Rod Blagojevich. He literally wanted to put up a Senate seat for sale.

    Or Dan Rostenkowski.

    You may like/dislike the SEC. You may like/dislike the Republican or the Democratic Party. That’s your right, and I can respect other people’s opinion. I think they’re all awful.. politicians, that is.

    But politicians are all scum, regardless of location or party affiliation. I think Obama stinks, just like I thought GWB stunk too. They’re all crooks.

    I wish there was even one politician who inspired me, regardless of party. Which is a shame to think that in a country with millions and millions of people can’t seem to find one noble person.

  57. longtallsam says: Dec 9, 2013 11:42 PM

    jkaflagg says: Dec 8, 2013 6:20 PM
    No argument with Alabama…..but Clemson ? Purely an attract the locals pick…..

    That comment shows that you don’t know squat about the selection process. When a team is selected for the NC game, from an AQ conference, that opens a slot for a second team from that conference, as long as they have a second team in the top 14 BCS final ranking. The ACC has a tie-in with the Orange Bowl, thus their selection of 12th ranked Clemson. Teams ranked ahead of Clemson, like USC and MO, were ineligible for a BCS bowl because two teams from a conference are all that are allowed in the BCS mix.

    I am not saying I agree with that process, just trying to explain it to the uninformed like jkaflagg.

  58. theesquireof212 says: Jan 9, 2014 1:47 AM

    Where are the trolls who were hating? Auburn needed to recover FOUR fumbles, get away with murder all night with help from officiating and was stealing signals for the 1st half and still got blown out once Jimbo put up the towels.

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