OSU was up by nearly .100 over Auburn in last week’s standings. But chaos occurred this week with Auburn’s upset of previous top team Alabama, moving Florida State into a near perfect No. 1 ranking in the standings. The Crimson Tide dropped down to No. 4, just barely ahead of Missouri.
The Tigers of Auburn and Missouri will face off in the SEC Championship on Saturday. Florida State will play No. 20 Duke. OSU will play No. 10 Michigan State, with a win likely enough to clinch a National Championship Game appearance.
It had been up in the air whether Auburn — which holds an 11-1, 7-1 record in the SEC — would perhaps jump the Buckeyes into the driver’s seat for the championship. Their case certainly would be boosted with a win over fellow 11-1 Missouri, although the former Big 12 member is actually a slight favorite for the championship showdown in Atlanta. Auburn’s athletic director has already shared he thinks the the team has a better argument.
In other noteworthy BCS news, Northern Illinois remained at No. 14 ahead of No. 16 UCF. The Huskies of the MAC stay in line for an automatic bid be being in the top 14. They just have to win this week’s MAC Championship game over Bowling Green for a second straight BCS appearance.