Auburn Captures SEC Crown, Is BCS Title Game Berth Next?

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With a high-powered win over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, Auburn claimed its second SEC title in four years and automatically qualifies for a BCS bowl bid.

But sitting at No. 3 in the next to the last BCS standings from last Sunday, could the Tigers be on their way to the BCS title game instead of just representing the SEC in the Sugar Bowl? That will be left, at least partly, up to the way that Ohio State and Florida State answer the call on Saturday night in their respective conference championship games.

The Tigers will wait with bated breath to see if they can jump the Buckeyes in tomorrow’s BCS standings if the top teams are all victorious on Saturday night. Such a leap — a one-loss team jumping an undefeated team for a BCS title game bid — would be a fascinating turn of events. But we’ll have to wait and see.

In the meantime, Auburn can celebrate its SEC title and at the very least can expect a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

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2013 BCS AQ Conference Profiles: SEC


BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2013 season. Our easy-to-digest previews come to an end with the vaunted SEC. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Active Since: 1933

Current Member Schools:
East Division: Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Missouri Tigers
West Division: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana State (LSU) Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies (14)

2013 Bowl Affiliations and Tie-Ins: Sugar Bowl (BCS), Capital One Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Outback Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Gator Bowl, Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl, AdvoCare V100 Bowl (10)

2012 Results:
Conference Champion — Alabama Crimson Tide
Conference Runner-up — Georgia Bulldogs
BCS Bowl Results: BCS National Championship Game: Alabama Crimson Tide 42 vs. Notre Dame 14; Sugar Bowl: Louisville 33 vs. Florida 23
Overall Bowl Record: 6-3

2013 Heisman Hopefuls: Texas A&M QB Johny Manziel, Alabama Crimson Tide QB AJ McCarron, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney, Georgia QB Aaron Murray

BCS Know How’s 2013 Predictions:
Conference Champion — Alabama Crimson Tide
Conference Runner-up — Florida Gators
BCS bids: Alabama Crimson Tide — BCS National Championship Game; Georgia Bulldogs — Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists — Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney

2012 BCS AQ Conference Profile: SEC


BCS Know How is taking you through the six automatic-qualifying BCS conferences in preparation for the 2012 season. Our easy-to-digest previews come to an end with as much of a “BCS” conference as there is, the SEC. Scroll down to see our profiles of the other conferences.

Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Active Since: 1933

Current Member Schools:
East Division: Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Missouri Tigers
West Division: Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana State (LSU) Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels, Texas A&M Aggies (14)

Bowl Affiliations: Sugar Bowl (BCS), Independence Bowl, Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Cotton Bowl, BBVA Compass Bowl (10)

2011 Results:
Conference Champion — LSU
Conference Runner-up — Georgia
BCS Bowl Results: 2012 BCS National Championship Game: Alabama 21 vs. LSU 0
Overall Bowl Record: 6-3 (BCSNCG accounted for both a win and a loss)
Heisman Vote Recipients: Alabama RB Trent Richardson (Third Overall); LSU DB Tyrann Mathieu (Fifth Overall)

2012 Outlook: By now, you probably know the story, the debates and the outcome. For the first time in BCS history, 2011 saw a title game between two teams from the same conference. It wasn’t all that surprising that the conference that was first the break through that barrier was the SEC, which has now provided the BCS’s last six champions.

Alabama was victorious in that game, after being bested by LSU earlier in 2011’s regular season. But that now must become a memory, as the conference searches for its next title hopeful. The question is, of course, would their best hope be the Tigers and Crimson Tide again? Or can another squad from the ever-deepening rosters of the SEC send another team to the top?

This certainly isn’t a two-team conference, and with two new teams this year — Big 12 transfers Missouri and Texas A&M — the conference has literally never been deeper. While the two newbies probably don’t have the firepower to hang with the Tigers and Tide, there are plenty of teams that do.

South Carolina, Arkansas and Georgia join Alabama and LSU as consensus top-ten teams across the country, and just like last year, this season could be another one dominated by the SEC, long the pride of the short-for-this-world BCS.

Heisman Hopefuls: South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, Georgia QB Aaron Murray, Alabama QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama RB Eddie Lacy, Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas RB Knile Davis, LSU CB Tyrann Mathieu

BCS Know How’s 2012 Predictions:
Conference Champion — LSU Tigers
Conference Runner-up — Georgia Bulldogs
BCS bids: LSU Tigers — BCS National Championship Game; Alabama Crimson Tide — Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists — South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore

Texas A&M, Missouri officially join SEC on Sunday

The SEC finally welcomes Texas A&M and Missouri officially Sunday, marking the conference’s first expansion since 1991.

Both schools join the Southeastern Conference after vacating spots in the Big 12, where the Aggies and Tigers were among the founding 12 members in 1996.

The Big 12 also lost members Colorado and Nebraska to the Pac-12 and Big Ten, respectively, after both schools left last season in the first major parts of realignment.

The SEC now includes 14 schools, seven each in the Eastern and Western divisions. The champions of each division will again play in the annual SEC Championship Game, which will be held on Dec. 1 this year.

The new divisions are as follows:

East Division West Division
Florida Gators Alabama Crimson Tide
Georgia Bulldogs Arkansas Razorbacks
Kentucky Wildcats Auburn Tigers
Missouri Tigers LSU Tigers
South Carolina Gamecocks Mississippi State Bulldogs
Tennessee Volunteers Ole Miss Rebels
Vanderbilt Commodores Texas A&M Aggies

 

LSU Grabs SEC Crown, Berth in BCS Title Game

With its 42-10 victory over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, the LSU Tigers have claimed the SEC’s automatic bid to the BCS and are headed to the BCS National Championship Game.

LSU ends the season as the only undefeated team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Tigers beat eight teams ranked in the top 25 this season at the time of their meeting, and ran through the SEC undefeated for the first time in school history.

Thirteen victories, almost all of which came in a national spotlight, gave the Tigers the exposure they needed and they delivered on the spotlight, allowing LSU to be the undeniable No. 1 team in the country. The Tigers even received a perfect score from the BCS in the last two weeks, as the computer rankings also respected the Tigers’ overall resume.

The Tigers are likely to face Alabama in the title game, a rematch of a 9-6 Tigers victory earlier this season.

2010 BCS Conference Profiles: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

This is fifth in a series of conference profiles as part of BCS Know How’s season preview. Today’s conference is the SEC.

Conference: Southeastern Conference (SEC)

Active Since: 1933

Current Member Schools: Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Kentucky Wildcats, South Carolina Gamecocks, Tennessee Volunteers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Auburn Tigers, Louisiana State (LSU) Tigers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Mississippi (Ole Miss) Rebels. (12)

Bowl Affiliations: Sugar Bowl (BCS), Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Chick-fil-A Bowl, Outback Bowl, Capital One Bowl, Gator Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Papajohns.com Bowl. (9)

2009 Results:
Conference Champion – Alabama
Conference Runner-up – Florida
BCS Bowl Results: 2010 BCS National Championship Game – Alabama 37 vs. Texas 21; 2010 Sugar Bowl – Florida 51 vs. Cincinnati 24
Overall Bowl Record: 6-4
Heisman Vote Recipients: Alabama RB Mark Ingram (Heisman Recipient); Florida QB Tim Tebow (5th Overall)

2010 Outlook: Like clockwork, the SEC has supplied a contender in the BCS National Championship Game every year since the BCS moved to the five bowl game format at the end of the 2005 season. And even more impressive, the SEC has supplied the national championship each of these past four seasons. Can the most-feared conference in the country make it five in a row?

Any conversation about national title hopes would have to begin with the Alabama Crimson Tide, who are not only the defending BCS champions, but feature three potential Heisman trophy hopefuls, QB Greg McElroy, WR Julio Jones and defending Heisman recipient RB Mark Ingram. Last season this trio, along with a classic SEC-style attack of speed and power tore apart the SEC during the regular season, and then defeated the seemingly untouchable Tim Tebow in the SEC Championship Game on their way to a national title.

This season, although Tebow is gone to the NFL, the SEC continues to feature the great conference depth from top to bottom, making Alabama’s road to repeat as difficult as one might expect.

Traditional contenders Auburn and Georgia are on their way back to the top of college football after some sub par seasons, while SEC strongholds Florida and LSU continue to thrive despite losing skill all around the field every year to the NFL.

Florida will be hard pressed to replace Tebow and may struggle early with a new quarterback at the helm of the Gator offense. This may leave the SEC’s Eastern Division — the domain of Florida during the Tebow years — up for grabs. Georgia seems to be ready to make that move and return to the SEC Championship Game after an extended absence, led by wide receiver AJ Green.

Arkansas and QB Ryan Mallet will challenge for the Western Division crown, which Alabama and LSU have held to tightly the past few seasons — and the race there could go undecided until the final weekend, when LSU takes on Arkansas at the Razorback Stadium.

2010 Heisman Hopefuls: Alabama RB Mark Ingram; Georgia WR AJ Green; Alabama WR Julio Jones, Arkansas QB Ryan Mallet.

BCS Know How’s 2010 Predictions:
Conference Champion – Alabama Crimson Tide
Conference Runner-up – Georgia Bulldogs
BCS bids – Two: Alabama Crimson Tide – 2011 BCS National Championship Game; Georgia – Sugar Bowl
Heisman Finalists – Alabama RB Mark Ingram

Ingram, Richardson Run All Over Texas, Help Alabama Capture BCS National Title 37-21

Valiant as it was, Texas’s comeback despite the game-ending injury to Colt McCoy was too little, too late, as the Alabama Crimson Tide captured the BCS National Championship 37-21 Thursday night.

McCoy and the Longhorns got a quick start after a Crimson Tide fake punt was intercepted, but on the very first series of the biggest game of his life, McCoy injured his throwing shoulder and was done for the game.

His backup Garrett Gilbert came in and looked shaky to put it lightly.

After scoring the first six points of the game, the Longhorns gave up 24 unanswered to finish the half, one of the scores coming on a 49-yard rush from Trent Richardson, who was featured heavily after Heisman Trophy recipient Mark Ingram came out of the game with an injury of his own.

However, a post-halftime revival and Jordan Shipley nearly brought the Longhorns all the way back, as Gilbert broke loose in the second half, throwing for two touchdowns, both to the Longhorn receiving star.

After bringing the game to within a field goal at 24-21, Gilbert showed his youth as he was sacked and fumbled the ball near the goal line.

Unlike McCoy, Ingram was able to return, and his one-yard touchdown run sealed the victory for the Tide late the fourth quarter.

Ingram broke the recent trend of Heisman winners coming up short in the national title game as he rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns despite his injury. Richardson also contributed a 100-yard performance with two scores, as the Longhorn defense had no answer for the Tide’s strong rushing attack.

Alabama’s victory also gives the SEC four straight BCS national champions, a streak that looks more and more impressive as now three different schools have won the four titles: LSU, Florida (twice) and now ‘Bama.