The Auburn Tigers took care of business and got the help they needed from the Michigan State Spartans, and in so doing rose to the number two position in the BCS and a National Championship date in Pasadena on January 6th. Auburn scored 59 points Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome on the back of Trey Mason’s 304 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns. Missouri played well for most of the game with help from their big-time WR Dorial Green-Beckham, who should be a top-5 pick when he declares. In the end it was too much of Auburn’s run game that racked up a 545 yards in total. The Missouri defense was exhausted by the end of the game, which reduced tackling to something of a lost art.
Auburn ran the table by going 9-0 since losing to LSU back in September. They are getting their shot at the National Title because the Michigan State Spartans stymied Urban Myer’s Ohio State Buckeyes. The Spartans possess one of the nation’s top-ranked defense and a well-balanced offense. Jeremy Langford had a big night by running for 128 yards and a score, while Connor Cook added three touchdowns of his own to lead the Spartans attack. The biggest difference in the game was the Spartans’ ability to stuff Carlos Hyde who had been the perfect compliment to Braxton Miller. While Hyde had routinely gone for 200 yards and a couple of touchdowns, against the Spartans he was held to a mere 118 yards and no touchdowns. Braxton Miller was able to get his own ground game going but it wasn’t enough. His passing efficiency was dismal in going 8-21 with a score. Miller had 142 rushing yards, but that clearly wasn’t the Buckeyes’ plan for the night.
D’Antonio’s Spartans executed their gameplan to perfection and so they are also headed to Pasadena but for the Rose Bowl. There the Spartans will play the Stanford Cardinal in the traditional Big 10-Pac 12 matchup. Urban Meyer’s team was relegated to the Orange Bowl while dropping five spots in the rankings because of the loss. This rankings’ plunge allows the inference that even had they beaten Michigan State, the Buckeyes wouldn’t have been in the championship game. OSU played a too-weak schedule and would’ve needed to win the game in a very convincing fashion, especially since Auburn won by 17 after entering the SEC Championship as underdogs by a point.