Note: For the sake of this comparison, we will use the current BCS Standings when comparing schedules.
Let the debate begin. On Saturday, previous-No. 1 Alabama was knocked off in thrilling fashion by Auburn. With the win, the Tigers jumped to No. 3 in the BCS.
No. 2 Ohio State escaped the jaws of unranked Michigan on Saturday, 42-41. The Wolverines elected to go for a two-point conversion and the win with less than a minute to go. The attempt feel short, handing the Buckeyes the victory.
Ohio State is undefeated and will play No. 10 Michigan State on Saturday for the Big Ten Championship. With a win, the Buckeyes will improve to 13-0 on the year, and will still have not lost a game in the past two seasons – an impressive run no matter who they’ve played.
But do the Buckeyes deserve a shot over a one-loss team from the mighty SEC? Auburn just derailed a dynasty to advance to the conference title game. The only game the Tigers have lost this year was to No. 15 LSU, 35-21, on the road in the fourth week of the season.
Missouri, on the other hand, is still unbeaten in regulation. The No. 5 Tigers lost to No. 8 South Carolina in double overtime, 27-24.
To date, the Buckeyes best win is over No. 21 Wisconsin. At one point it was believed to be Northwestern, but the Wildcats have taken a nose dive back to the cellar.
Auburn has beaten No. 24 Texas A&M, No. 22 Georgia and No. 4 Alabama.
Missouri has also beaten No. 24 Texas A&M and No. 22 Georgia.
When it comes to opponents records, the SEC significantly pulls away in the argument.
- FSU: 71-74
- Ohio State: 65-79
- Auburn: 77-67
- Missouri: 78-66
Ohio State’s competition is well below .500, whereas Auburn and Missouri are the only two teams out of the four that have played a schedule with a winning percentage.
With Auburn currently sitting at No. 3, Gus Malzahn’s squad has a better chance of jumping Ohio State than Missouri. Mizzou has significant ground to make up at No. 5, but a win over No. 3 Auburn would go a long way.
Should Ohio State beat Michigan State on Saturday, it’s hard to imagine a team in a power conference that’s gone two years without losing being left out of the big dance – especially with the face of Urban Meyer at the helm.