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NCAA Football Auburn Tigers

BCS Championship Will Go On, Likely Without SEC Team

Jim Brown, USA TODAY SPORTS

The Southeastern Conference has won seven straight BCS National Championships, a dominant run that will apparently end with the 2013 season. After the Auburn Tigers stunned the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday, the SEC has three teams on the outside, looking in at the BCS National Championship Game.

Auburn is currently third in the BCS standings, but the Tigers will need some help to get to the national championship game. Gus Malzahn and his team need either a loss by the Florida State Seminoles or the Ohio State Buckeyes, or a big jump in the polls on Sunday, to get in. Those options do not seem likely at this point, but neither does returning a missed field goal more than 100 yards for a touchdown to beat the nation’s best team.

Alabama is fourth in the BCS standings after Saturday’s loss to arch rival Auburn. The Tide, realistically, need two losses ahead of them, by Florida State, Ohio State and/or Auburn. If two of those teams lose, Alabama will have a shot. This is another scenario that doesn’t seem likely.

The Missouri Tigers are currently fifth in the BCS standings. Mizzou has been the surprise team in the SEC all season long, but they need help similar to what Alabama would need. The Tigers would need to beat Auburn in the SEC Championship Game, then hope for two things. One, a loss by either Florida State or Ohio State; and two, that voters would help them jump Alabama in the rankings. While the Tigers do have a chance, it seems like an unlikely scenario.

Many college football fans have hoped for someone other than the SEC to win the national championship for the past seven seasons, especially as the streak grew longer. Now, it appears that the streak will end, but will that satisfy those wanting to see the SEC taken down? Wouldn’t it be more rewarding to actually BEAT the SEC team in the title game, thus claiming the throne? Either way, it appears that a conference other than the SEC will take home college football’s championship this season.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for RantSports.com and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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