5 Reasons Auburn Belongs In The BCS Title Game
Auburn Deserves A Spot In The BCS Title Game
For the majority of the 2013 college football season, at least one spot in the BCS National Championship game is all but wrapped up. It was Alabama Crimson Tide's to lose, and they did just that.
Auburn really threw a wrench into the BCS’ system with their 34-28 upset over the former No. 1 Alabama. Florida State has since taken the top spot in the land, followed by Ohio State and then Auburn. So as the standings fell as they did, it seems as though the Seminoles and Buckeyes will meet at the Rose Bowl for the national title. But why not Auburn?
The BCS is always a mess, and they don’t always choose the top-two ranked schools to play in its National Championship game. The BCS should do that exact thing this year. It is, in fact, the final year they can make such a drastic decision — a four-team playoff will be implemented next season.
When Auburn’s Chris Davis caught the field goal attempt by Alabama’s Adam Griffith, there’s no way he could have predicated what would have unfolded next. He simultaneously unseated Alabama and the nation’s top team and removed them from the national title game. His epic 100 year return for a touchdown as time expired re-wrote bowl predictions around the nation. He gave Auburn a deserving chance at the 2014 BCS National Championship game.
As you will read, Auburn should justifiably be playing for the top prize in college football come January. Here are five reasons why.
5. Offense In National Spotlight
How awesome would it be to watch Auburn’s offense operate on the biggest stage college football has to offer? It already executed efficiently against Alabama, so naturally the next step would be to see how well it can perform against the next most formidable opponent. The Tigers would show the world just how flawlessly they can run their triple option.
4. Florida State is Overrated
According to American sports statistician Jeff Sagarin, Florida State has the 66th toughest schedule in the nation. Now, how can they be worthy of spot in the National Championship game? The ACC is not the strongest football conference, and the aforementioned statistic proves that. They admirably handled the ACC’s best competition in Clemson and Miami, but blowout wins over out-of-conference opponents Nevada and Idaho are nothing to be write home about.
3. Strength of Schedule
Also according to Jeff Sagarin, Auburn has 26th toughest schedule this season. That is the highest ranking among Florida State, Ohio State (61st) and Missouri (41st). Those four schools are the top candidates for the BCS National Championship game, and it looks like Auburn is most worthy of a spot based on who they played this season.
2. Auburn's Story
Who doesn’t love a good storyline people can mull over for weeks in preparation for the BCS title game? Auburn has that story. The Tigers went 3-9 last season and 0-8 in the SEC. This year, they are Cinderella looking for a chance to dance. Their head coach, Gus Malzahn, spent 14-plus seasons coaching high school football before getting a chance to become Arkansas’s offensive coordinator in 2005. Both Malzahn and his Tigers exemplify the true underdog.
1. They Beat the Unbeatable
Auburn beat Alabama. Isn’t that enough argument right there? The Crimson Tide were unbeatable coming off a second consecutive National Championship title, but the Tigers were able to shock the world by pulling off the win. No other team in college football this season has beat a No. 1 team other than Auburn. That in itself constitutes a spot in the BCS title game.