(From the New York Times, December 1, 2013) The 2013 Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title game seemed relatively set until Saturday. In stunning fashion, the number one ranked Alabama Crimson Tide were upset on the road by the Auburn Tigers. Alabama was destined for their third straight national title appearance in a row until the final play of Saturday’s game. Chris Davis of Auburn returned a missed Alabama field goal into the end zone for a game winning touchdown on the final play. The loss was Alabama’s first of the season.
Next year the BCS will have a four-team playoff system to decide the national champion; however, this season the top two teams will play for the title. The only two remaining undefeated teams are Florida State and Ohio State University. It isn’t a foregone conclusion that those teams will meet for the national title. Both teams still have a game remaining on their schedule, and a loss would end their national title chances.
Some fans and experts believe Auburn should go to the national title due to their excellent resume thus far on the season. One could argue that neither Florida State nor Ohio State have wins as impressive as the Auburn win. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said it was the best win of his career during the post-game. Auburn has achieved its highest rank in the BCS standings since former Heisman winner Cam Newton left the school for the NFL draft. Auburn was a 500/1 long-shot in the preseason Vegas odds to win a national title. They are potentially two wins away from being national champions and defying the odds.
Following the victory at Auburn, thousands of fans rushed the field in excitement. There are reports that a former fan’s ashes were spread on the field after the victory by a family member. That is just further proof that football is more than a game to many fans of the SEC.