Florida State and Auburn will play for BCS national title

December 9, 2013
Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) runs against Missouri safety Matt White (17) during the second half of the SEC championship game that Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Auburn running back Tre Mason (21) runs against Missouri safety Matt White (17) during the second half of the SEC championship game that Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

In its final year, the selection for the BCS championship managed to avoid much controversy.

Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Auburn finished atop the final BCS standings and will play in the national championship Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Calif.

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

The Seminoles (13-0), who beat outmatched Duke 45-7 in the ACC championship, are the only undefeated team in the nation.

One-loss Auburn (12-1) claimed the SEC championship with a 59-42 win against fifth-ranked Missouri and a got a boost when No. 10 Michigan State upset No. 2 Ohio State, 34-24, in the Big Ten title game.

A team from the SEC has won the past seven national titles.

Post columnist John Feinstein calls the pairing an “undisputed matchup.”

FSU is 13-0 and the last remaining undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision after Ohio State and Northern Illinois lost their championship games this weekend. The Seminoles’ only victory of note was over Clemson, but it was resounding: 51-14 in Death Valley. They earned their spot.

So did Auburn, which has wins over Alabama, Missouri, Georgia and Texas A&M. No one in the country can match those credentials and now that there’s only one unbeaten left, there isn’t any doubt that the Tigers deserve to be the Seminoles’ opponent.

Ohio State, which fell to No. 7 in the BCS standings, will face No. 12 Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl.

Defending national champion Alabama gets No. 11 Oklahoma in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, in the last year before the four-team College Football Playoffs debuts.

BCS bowl game-teams and TV schedule (all times EST):

  • Vizio BCS National Championship

No. 1 Florida State vs. No. 2 Auburn
January 6, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Pasadena, Calif.

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl

No. 3 Alabama vs. No. 11 Oklahoma
January 2, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
New Orleans, La.

  • Rose Bowl presented by Vizio

No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 5 Stanford
January 1, 2014, at 5 p.m. on ESPN
Pasadena, Calif.

  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl

No. 6 Baylor vs. No. 15 UCF
January 1, 2014, at 8:30 p.m.
Glendale, Ariz.

  • Discover Orange Bowl

No. 7 Ohio vs. No. 12 Clemson
January 3, 2014, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN
Miami, Fla.

Click here for the TV schedule of all NCAA football bowl games (via ESPN).

Final BCS Standings:

BCS Standings
Rankings as of 12/8/2013
Rank School Total Prev Rank
1 Florida State (13-0) .9957 1
2 Auburn (12-1) .9638 3
3 Alabama (11-1) .9061 4
4 Michigan State (12-1) .8600 10
5 Stanford (11-2) .8191 7
6 Baylor (11-1) .7722 9
7 Ohio State (12-1) .7705 2
8 Missouri (11-2) .7256 5
9 South Carolina (10-2) .7152 8
10 Oregon (10-2) .5811 12
11 Oklahoma (10-2) .5756 17
12 Clemson (10-2) .5553 13
13 Oklahoma State (10-2) .5233 6
14 Arizona State (10-3) .4416 11
15 UCF (11-1) .4343 16
16 LSU (9-3) .4322 15
17 UCLA (9-3) .3703 18
18 Louisville (11-1) .3199 19
19 Wisconsin (9-3) .2365 21
20 Fresno State (11-1) .1675 23
21 Texas A&M (8-4) .1663 24
22 Georgia (8-4) .1594 22
23 Northern Illinois (12-1) .1572 14
24 Duke (10-3) .1134 20
25 USC (9-4) .0672 NR
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