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Florida State, Auburn to play for final BCS national title

As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it’s easy to see why the coming four-team playoff won’t solve all the postseason problems.


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As college football prepares for the final Bowl Championship Series, featuring a Florida State-Auburn championship game, it’s easy to see why the coming four-team playoff won’t solve all the postseason problems.

Heck, we might just miss the BCS. Maybe?

It sort of worked out this season. Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) was the only team to get through the regular season unbeaten, and the Seminoles did it in dominating fashion. Auburn (12-1) won the Southeastern Conference, and among the teams with imperfect records the Tigers’ résumé is best.

“We all complain about the BCS, but isn’t it funny how often they get it right,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said.

The pairings became official Sunday night when the final BCS standings came out. There was no question about 1 and 2. It will be the ’Noles and Tigers at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6 for the national championship.

In the other marquee bowls:

• Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

• Clemson will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

• Michigan State will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

• Baylor will play Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.

Of course, Big 12 champion Baylor (11-1) and Big Ten champion Michigan State (12-1) might argue with that top two. But over 16 seasons college football fans have built up what can be called BCS acceptance, learning to live with the fact that there is only room for two.

Fans of particularly aggrieved teams (2000 Miami, 2004 Auburn, 2008 Texas, just to name a few) still burn over the slights. Generally, though, by the time the championship game kicked off, most everybody was on board. And only eight times before the BCS did No. 1 play No. 2 in a bowl game.

“It’s been a remarkable seismic change for this sport,” executive director Bill Hancock said. “That was unthinkable before the BCS.”

Now think about this season playing out under next season’s format. In the new world order known as the College Football Playoff, a selection committee will pick four teams to play in national semifinals. The winners play for the championship.

So how would a panel that includes Tom Osborne, Archie Manning and Condoleezza Rice sort out this season’s top four?

Florida State and Auburn, of course. And ... Baylor and Michigan State? But what about Pac-12 champion Stanford (11-2)? Sure the Cardinal has two losses, but as Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs said Saturday at the end of a week in which he and the rest of the SEC practically begged voters to overlook the number in the loss column and focus on quality of opposition: “I have nine words. Strength of schedule. Strength of schedule. Strength of schedule.”

Among this season’s best teams, Stanford played the toughest schedule.

In the individual race to the top, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is the runaway favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next Saturday after avoiding sexual-assault charges in Tallahassee.

2013-14 bowl games
The BCS National Championship is Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl.
BowlTeamsDate, locationTV
New MexicoWashington St. vs. Colo. St. Dec. 21, Albuquerque, N.M.11 a.m. ESPN
Las VegasFresno State vs. USCDec. 21, Las Vegas12:30 p.m. ABC
Idaho PotatoBuffalo vs. San Diego State Dec. 21, Boise2:30 p.m. ESPN
New OrleansTulane vs. Louisiana-Lafayette Dec. 21, New Orleans6 p.m. ESPN
Beef ‘O’ Brady’sEast Carolina vs. Ohio Dec. 23, St. Petersburg, Fla.11 a.m. ESPN
Sheraton HawaiiBoise State vs. Oregon State Dec. 24, Honolulu5 p.m. ESPN

Little Caesars Pizza

Pittsburgh vs. Bowling Green Dec. 26, Detroit3 p.m. ESPN
PoinsettiaUtah State vs. N. Illinois Dec. 26, San Diego6:30 p.m. ESPN
Military Bowl Marshall vs. MarylandDec. 27, Annapolis, Md.11:30 a.m. ESPN

Texas

Minnesota vs. Syracuse Dec. 27, Houston3 p.m. ESPN

Fight Hunger

BYU vs. WashingtonDec. 27, San Francisco6:30 p.m. ESPN

New Era Pinstripe

Rutgers vs. Notre Dame Dec. 28, Bronx, N.Y.9 a.m. ESPN
BelkCincinnati vs. North Carolina Dec. 28, Charlotte, N.C.12:20 p.m. ESPN

Russell Athletic

Miami vs. Louisville Dec. 28, Orlando, Fla.3:45 p.m. ESPN

Buffalo Wild Wings

Kansas State vs. Michigan Dec. 28, Tempe, Ariz.7:15 p.m. ESPN
Armed ForcesMiddle Tennessee vs. NavyDec. 30, Fort Worth, Texas8:45 a.m. ESPN
Music CityMississippi vs. Georgia Tech Dec. 30, Nashville12:15 p.m. ESPN
AlamoOregon vs. Texas Dec. 30, San Antonio3:45 p.m. ESPN
HolidayArizona State vs. Texas Tech Dec. 30, San Diego7:15 p.m. ESPN

AdvoCare V100

Arizona vs. Boston CollegeDec. 31, Shreveport, La.9:30 a.m. ESPN
SunVirginia Tech vs. UCLA Dec. 31, El Paso, Texas11 a.m. CBS
LibertyRice vs. Mississippi State Dec. 31, Memphis, Tenn.1 p.m. ESPN

Chick-fil-A

Texas A&M vs. Duke Dec. 31, Atlanta5 p.m. ESPN
GatorNebraska vs. Georgia Jan. 1, Jacksonville, Fla.9 a.m. ESPN2
Heart of DallasUNLV vs. North Texas Jan. 1, Dallas9 a.m. ESPNU
Capital OneWisconsin vs. South Carolina Jan. 1, Orlando, Fla.10 a.m. ABC
OutbackIowa vs. LSU Jan. 1, Tampa, Fla.10 a.m. ESPN
Rose Bowl Stanford vs. Michigan State Jan. 1, Pasadena, Calif.2 p.m. ESPN
FiestaBaylor vs. Central Florida Jan. 1, Glendale, Ariz.5:30 p.m. ESPN
SugarAlabama vs. Oklahoma Jan. 2, New Orleans5:30 p.m. ESPN
OrangeOhio State vs. ClemsonJan. 3, Miami5 p.m. ESPN
CottonMissouri vs. Oklahoma State Jan. 3, Arlington, Texas4:30 p.m. FOX
CompassVanderbilt vs. Houston Jan. 4, Birmingham, Ala.10 a.m. ESPN
GoDaddyArkansas State vs. Ball State Jan. 5, Mobile, Ala.6 p.m. ESPN
BCS Florida State vs. Auburn Jan. 6, Pasadena, Calif.5:30 p.m. ESPN
Note: Game times subject to change


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