Championship weekend has arrived in college football but all week sports analysts have been debating the same question: Should a one loss SEC champ get into a BCS National Championship game over an undefeated team from another conference?
As CBS Sports noted this week, the SEC benefits from strength of schedule and two teams with remarkable seasons meeting in its championship matchup in Atlanta.
Gus Malzahn will likely “run away with national coach of the year honors after taking a 3-9 team that didn’t win a conference game to the SEC title game,” CBSSports.com reported. The Missouri Tigers have also exceeded expectations as a newcomer to the very tough Southeastern Conference with just one loss to South Carolina.
If Auburn, which has only lost to LSU, beats Missouri on Saturday, it would give them a third win over a Top 10 team and second over a Top five opponent. Auburn also has “the biggest win of the season, knocking off two-time defending BCS champ Alabama.”
Earlier this week, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive made his case to media about why he believes a one-loss SEC champion should be in the BCS Championship Game.
“I don’t get into feelings and nervousness,” Slive said in an interview with AL.com. “I think on the facts the SEC has a compelling argument that our team ought to be in the game. That’s all we can do.”
Standing in the way of a possible SEC trip to the BCS title matchup are unbeaten Florida State of the ACC and Ohio State of the Big Ten.
Florida State, ranked No. 1 in the BCS poll, is pretty much a lock for the title game if the team doesn’t lose, so the debate really centers more on Ohio State as a possible Big Ten champ.
The Buckeyes have wins over No. 23 Wisconsin and No. 16 Northwestern but OSU’s toughest game will be Saturday against a 11-1, Top 10 ranked, Michigan State team.