Christopher Smith

No Debate Necessary: Auburn vs. FSU In BCS Finale

Created on Dec. 08, 2013 12:22 AM EST

If some team is going to break the SEC's seven-year BCS championship streak, it will have to do it in Pasadena on Jan. 6.

Florida State and Auburn both handled business on Saturday, turning the nation's attention to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

Social media exploded with SEC propaganda as the conference anticipated a campaign attempting to leapfrog the Tigers (12-1) past an unbeaten Ohio State.

That won't be necessary, thanks to Michigan State's 34-24 upset of the Buckeyes.

Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde did their best Auburn impression, mauling one of the nation's best defenses for a combined 260 rushing yards.

But the Buckeyes defense imploded, giving up 34 points a week after allowing 41 to Michigan. The Spartans' sophomore quarterback Connor Cook played the game of his life, completing 24-of-40 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns. Jeremy Langford (128 rushing yards) sealed the outcome with a 26-yard touchdown with 2:16 left, ending one of the longest winning streaks in recent history at 24 games.

It's the first loss for coach Urban Meyer since Nov. 27, 2010 — against Florida State. Meyer coached Florida at the time, winning twice more before leaving the school. He'd won 26 consecutive games as a head coach.

Earlier in the evening, Auburn shredded Missouri's defense with an SEC championship record 304 rushing yards by Tre Mason. The Tigers rushed — you may want to steady yourself — rushed for 545 yards in a 59-42 win. No miracle finish needed.

So the SEC will get its wish and get to decide the final BCS on the field. The state of Alabama has a chance at an unprecedented fifth consecutive national title.

Jameis Winston against Marshall and Mason. Jimbo Fisher's Alabama-patterned defense vs. Gus Malzhan's read option. The initial betting line Saturday night installed FSU as a 6.5-point favorite and the over/under at 63.5 points, but after Saturday's games (FSU beat Duke, 45-7), that number is likely to creep even higher.

The complete bowl matchups will be announced at 8:30 p.m. ET Sunday on ESPN.

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