I’ve been asked this week several times if Alabama and Auburn will meet in the BCS Championship Game. My answer is that it will take a bigger miracle that each of Auburn’s last two miracles put together for that to happen. Both Florida State, which plays Duke in the ACC Championship Game, and Ohio State, which plays Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game, would have to lose, and Auburn would have to beat Missouri.
It’s even a longshot, I tell them, for Auburn to make it to Pasadena. Either Florida State or Ohio State must lose and the Tigers beat Missouri for that to happen. FSU and Ohio State are unbeaten and there’s no realistic way for AU to jump an unbeaten team at this point.
CBS Sports analyst Gary Danielson expressed his feelings on the subject in a conference call with media this week.
“The SEC should get the tiebreaker if they both have one loss, but I could not in good conscience jump them over an undefeated team,” Danielson said Tuesday.
Unbeatens Florida State and Ohio State sit in the top two spots in the BCS standings. Auburn is third. Alabama fourth and Missouri is fifth.
Should either the Seminoles or Buckeyes lose, the argument is moot as the SEC champ would almost certainly take their place, but if both stay undefeated, the argument will resurface over whether the winner deserves the bid over Ohio State, which is perceived as benefiting from a playing weaker schedule.
As much as they love the SEC, their support lies with Ohio State.
“I believe the SEC has earned the reputation of being the best conference in college football – that’s not an opinion, they’ve earned it,” Danielson said. “But I don’t believe it’s a Grand Canyon. We’re not talking about Boise State or Fresno State. They went undefeated two years in a row and deserve to be there.”
But, the Auburn cry goes up, the Tigers are simply better than the Buckeyes and deserve to be there.
“The only thing I know is that I don’t know,” the always-candid Danielson said. “I’ve been around football a long time and watched a lot of film, and I never say publicly who I think is better because I don’t know.”
The SEC Championship Game airs at 3 p.m. CST on CBS with Danielson, play-by-play man Verne Lundquist and sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.
Here’s the remainder of today’s college football on TV schedule:
C-USA Championship: Marshall at Rice, ESPN2
Oklahoma at Oklahoma State, ABC 33/40
UCF at SMU, ESPN
SWAC Championship Game: Jackson State vs. Southern (at Houston), ESPNU
Texas at Baylor, Fox 6
SEC Championship Game: Auburn vs. Missouri (at Atlanta), CBS 42
South Florida at Rutgers, ESPN2
Pac-12 Conference Championship Game: Stanford at Arizona State, ESPN
ACC Championship Game: Florida State vs. Duke (at Charlotte), ABC 33/40
Big Ten Championship Game: Michigan State vs. Ohio State (at Indianapolis), Fox 6
Mountain West Championship Game: Utah State at Fresno State, CBS 42