All good things must come to a end.
With #23 Fresno State’s 24 – 17 win over Fresno State in the Mountain West Championship Game, the 2013 college football regular season has come to an end. Sure, we have the Army-Navy game next week, and course we have the bowl games, but the 2013 regular season is now over. We spent eight months looking forward to this time of year, only to have it pass by so quickly. Alas.
Thankfully, there was just enough chaos left in the tank. #10 Michigan State held #2 Ohio State scoreless in the 4th quarter, and beat the Buckeyes 34 – 24 to become Big 10 Champions and secure a place in the Rose Bowl. The loss not only cost Ohio State a Big 10 Championship and ended its 24 game winning streak, but it also eliminated them from playing Florida State in the National Championship Game. Instead, the Buckeyes will have to be content to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.
Ohio State’s loss was Auburn’s gain, as the Tigers, who beat Georgia and Alabama in miracle plays at the end of each game, soundly defeated the Tigers of Mizzou in a shootout, 59 – 42. The #3 Auburn Tigers, who went 3-8 overall and 0-8 in the SEC last year, are 12-1 and your 2013 SEC Champions. If Gus Malzahn isn’t the Coach of the Year, that award has no meaning. What an incredible turnaround on the Plains.
Besides Ohio State, the second biggest loser this week was #14 Northern Illinois, who, in losing the MAC Championship Game to Bowling Green 47 – 27, cost themselves an at-large bid and a trip to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Their loss is the Big 12′s gain, as it opened up another spot for a BCS at-large. That spot would be taken by #17 Oklahoma, who beat in-state rival #6 Oklahoma State in Bedlam 33 – 24. Not only that, they denied the conference championship to the Cowboys; the Big 12 Championship would be claimed by #9 Baylor, who defeated Mack Brown’s #25 Texas Longhorns 30 – 10 in a de facto Big 12 Championship Game. Mack Brown refused to talk about 2014 when asked in the post-game press conference, so even he may see the writing on the wall. The Mack Brown era at Texas may finally be coming to an end.
Winners: Auburn, Baylor, Oklahoma
Losers: Ohio State, Northern Illinois, Oklahoma State
Top 25 Upsets:
- #10 Michigan State over #2 Ohio State, 34 – 24
- #17 Oklahoma over #6 Oklahoma State, 33 – 24
- Bowling Green over #14 Northern Illinois, 47 – 27
A Look Ahead
The only game next week in the Army-Navy game, aired on CBS. Although only one team can win that game, we are all winners for having those kids willing an eager to represent their country in the armed forces. Go Army, Go Navy.
SBNation has the full list of bowls here.
- BCS National Championship Game: #1 Florida State vs. #2 Auburn, January 6 at 8:30 PM
- Rose Bowl: #4 Michigan State vs. #5 Stanford, January 1 at 5:00 PM
- Sugar Bowl: #3 Alabama vs. #11 Oklahoma, January 2 at 8:30 PM
- Orange Bowl: #7 Ohio State vs. #11 Clemson, January 3, 8:00 PM
- Fiesta Bowl: #6 Baylor vs. #15 UCF
The new college football playoff format starts next year, so what follows are the last BCS Standings to be released…ever. The BCS has not always been fair, it hasn’t also been understandable, but it has always been a bit crazy. And with that a bit fun. In that, it was no different from the sport we all love.
With that said, here is a link to the full BCS Standings. As always, a list is provided below.
Thanks for a great regular season folks. It now time for the bowls.