The final wall to wall college football Saturday of the year comes on Dec. 7. After everything college football has brought to the table this season, the ending would logically have to be a little anticlimactic. Yet the kings of big endings are out to change that in the SEC title game, although the Auburn Tigers would probably like an easier, more lopsided win over the Missouri Tigers.
Auburn’s season could depend on such a win, given the BCS stakes. The all Tigers SEC final will helpfully be finished before the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes take the field. At that point, the SEC champion will be rooting hard for the Michigan State Spartans to knock the Buckeyes out -- therefore putting Auburn or Missouri’s Tigers in the BCS title game.
Of course, if the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles get shocked by the Duke Blue Devils that night, the SEC winner is in no matter what. Barring that miracle, Auburn or Missouri will have to win and then hope for Ohio State to lose. If one of them wins big and Ohio State wins ugly, then there might be room for debate.
This is not only the last weekend of college football before bowl season, it is really the last weekend of the BCS. If there is a nice, orderly finish to settle the BCS championship matchup, it would actually betray everything the system came to symbolize. Chaos is probably a more fitting way for it to end -- but with Jameis Winston not charged with rape or suspended, the system has already been spared one form of controversy this week.
Will the two Tigers, Buckeyes, Spartans, Seminoles and Blue Devils provide one last burst of madness, or was it all left behind in Auburn? The accompanying slideshow has a full list of potential chaos inducing games, to make the final incarnation of the BCS take shape.