A Look at the 5 BCS Championship Contenders by the Numbers

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5 BCS Championship Contenders by the Numbers

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The final week of the college football season is upon us and that only means one thing, controversy. For the first time in years, an SEC team might be left out of the BCS National championship. While this comes as a little holiday bliss to some, SEC supporters are enraged that the best conference in college athletics is being denied a shot at an eighth straight crystal ball. The SEC has long been praised for its prowess on the gridiron, but is the conference's reign in the BCS era about to end?

The BCS has been scrutinized since its inception in 1998, but the flaws of the system have not hampered the SEC so far. The SEC has won 9 of the 15 championships in the BCS era and won in dominant fashion in many of those games. How is it that the conference finds itself on the outside looking in?

There are 5 teams with a realistic chance of getting to Pasadena for the championship and those teams include the Florida State Seminoles, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Auburn Tigers, the Missouri Tigers, and the Alabama Crimson Tide. The BCS has been ridiculed for the fact that computers determine the fate of teams, but this year it all comes down to the human polls. Will the human pollsters vault a 1-loss SEC team over an undefeated team?

If the SEC is left out of the national championship, that will be a fitting end to a flawed system. Do the numbers validate the SEC's position, or do the numbers rebuke that argument completely?

Let's take a look at the key numbers of the national championship candidates.

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Florida State Seminoles

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Record: 12-0

Points Per Game: 53.7

Points Against Per Game: 11.0

Wins vs Top 25: 3

Wins vs Top 10: 2

Opponent's combined Record: 71-74

Sub .500 teams on schedule: 5

Strength of Schedule: 85

Best Non-Conference win: Florida (Tied for 9th in the SEC)

Best Win: #3 Clemson

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Ohio State Buckeyes

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Record: 12-0

Points Per Game: 48.2

Points Against Per Game: 20.3

Wins vs Top 25: 2

Wins vs Top 10: 0

Opponent's combined Record: 65-79

Sub .500 teams on schedule: 6

Strength of Schedule: 80

Best Non-Conference win: Buffalo (4th in MAC)

Best Win: #16 Northwestern

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Auburn Tigers

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Record: 11-1

Points Per Game: 38.6

Points Against Per Game: 22.5

Wins vs Top 25: 4

Wins vs Top 10: 2

Opponent's combined Record: 78-66

Sub .500 teams on schedule: 3

Strength of Schedule: 16

Best Non-Conference win: Washington State (Tied for 7th in PAC 12)

Best Win: #1 Alabama

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Missouri Tigers

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Record: 11-1

Points Per Game: 38.8

Points Against Per Game: 19.4

Wins vs Top 25: 4

Wins vs Top 10: 1

Opponent's combined Record: 77-67

Sub .500 teams on schedule: 4

Strength of Schedule: 43

Best Non-Conference win: Toledo (3rd in MAC)

Best Win: #7 Georgia

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Alabama Crimson Tide

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Record: 11-1

Points Per Game: 38.8

Points Against Per Game: 11.3

Wins vs Top 25: 3

Wins vs Top 10: 1

Opponent's combined Record: 74-71

Sub .500 teams on schedule: 4

Strength of Schedule: 66

Best Non-Conference win: Virginia Tech (Tied for 4th in ACC)

Best Win: #6 Texas A&M

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