3 Up 3 Down (College Week 15)

By John Ewing
A review of the week that was with a look at three college football teams that stood out for good reasons and three whose weekends did not turn out as successfully as anticipated. 

Three Up
Auburn Tigers
2013 Record: Straight-Up 12-1, Against-the-Spread 11-2
  • 304 rushing yards
  • 46 rushing attempts
  • 312 yards from scrimmage
  • 4 touchdowns
All SEC Championship Game records, all set by Auburn running back Tre Mason. War Eagle didn’t rely on one spectacular play to win the SEC Title, instead it was one run after another until they compiled 545 yards on the ground as a team. Auburn captured the SEC Championship, but would it be enough to reach the BCS National Championship game?
SEC National Title Streak
Seven National Championships in a row, the SEC has dominated college football for nearly a decade running. The streak looked like it would be snapped with Alabama’s loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl. But those pesky Spartans helped Auburn (and the SEC) by knocking off then undefeated Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. With the Buckeyes out of the picture, Auburn will travel to Pasadena to play for the BCS Title game and a shot at extending the SEC’s streak.
Before Conference Championship Week, we gave a Florida State vs. Auburn title game a 17.4% chance of occurring.   
Florida State Seminoles
2013 Record: Straight-Up 13-0, Against-the-Spread 11-2
It took nearly 18 minutes of game time before the Seminoles scored their first points of the game putting a 28.5 point cover in jeopardy. For anyone backing the dog, his or her joy was short lived. Florida State crushed upstart Duke. The Seminoles spent more time being 99.9% likely to win than they did trying to score their first touchdown.
Florida State heads to Pasadena as a prohibitive favorite. The Seminoles are currently 8 point favorites over the Tigers.
Three Down
Ohio State Buckeyes
2013 Record: Straight-Up 12-1, Against-the-Spread 6-6-1
Ohio State had its BCS Title hopes dashed Saturday night by Michigan State. The Spartans snapped the Buckeyes 24-game winning streak and handed Urban Meyer his first loss since taking over the program.
Ohio State had scored 40+ points in five straight games but was limited to an ordinary 24 points. Michigan State booked its trip to the Rose Bowl by ruining Ohio State's perfect season.
The Buckeyes may have missed out on the big game but they are still headed to a BCS Bowl. Ohio State will face Clemson in the Discover Orange Bowl.
Northern Illinois Huskies
2013 Record: Straight-Up 12-1, Against-the-Spread 8-5
Sometimes when you put all of your eggs in one basket, they get crushed. For Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch, the MAC Championship game was disappointing to say the least. Northern Illinois was looking to repeat not only as MAC Champions but also as BCS busters. The Huskies had their eye on a marquee bowl game but Bowling Green scrambled those plans.
Northern Illinois’ consolation prize: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State.
Oklahoma State Cowboys
2013 Record: Straight-Up 10-2, Against-the-Spread 8-4
Before the most recent addition of the Bedlam Series, the Sooners were a commanding 83-17-7 all-time against the Cowboys. Oklahoma had won nine of the last ten matchups but this year was supposed to be different. Oklahoma State was favored by double-digits but big brother popped the Cowboys’ BCS and Big 12 Championship balloon.
Instead of a BCS Bowl, Oklahoma State will settle for the Cotton Bowl against former Big 12 rival Missouri.