It’s down to a one-game season for Auburn in terms of playing for the national championship.
The latest BCS standings were released Sunday night, and Auburn replaced Oregon in the No. 1 spot after coming from 24 points down to win 28-27 at Alabama last Friday.
The Tigers moved into the top spot despite remaining No. 2 in both of the human polls.
A win over South Carolina next Saturday in the SEC championship game will send the Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game.
That’s a given.
If Auburn were to lose to South Carolina, the Tigers would probably drop enough in the two human polls that No. 3 TCU would move past them into one of the top two spots in the final BCS standings.
But if Oregon were to lose to Oregon State next weekend, Auburn might still be in business even if the Tigers were to lose to the Gamecocks.
Their No. 1 ranking in the computer average component of the BCS standings is a huge factor in their favor.