BCS scrambled by Auburn

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The BCS rankings dramatically changed after Saturday’s miracle win by the Auburn Tigers over the Alabama Crimson Tide. The finish will forever be etched in the minds of all college football fans; a spectacular 109-yard touchdown return off of a missed field goal by the Alabama kicker. Nick Saban’s team loses and the college football world is shocked. Down goes No. 1 Alabama. The shouts of joy could be heard in Florida State, which moved up to No. 1 in the rankings.

The screaming and hollering came out of Columbus, Ohio, home of the Buckeyes. Ohio State moved up to No. 2 in the BCS rankings. Oh, how close the Ohio State Buckeyes came to losing this ranking to the Michigan Wolverines earlier in the day. Michigan went helmet to helmet all afternoon long with its hated rivals from Ohio. Michigan was a two-point conversion away from taking down OSU. Oh, and going for two was absolutely the right call by Brady Hoke! However, the Bucks survived the scare and won 42-41, thus holding on to National Championship aspirations. Can Auburn pass them in the BCS rankings? I don’t know.

Let’s move ahead to this week’s conference championship games and see what we have on tap. The ACC title game has Florida State as 28-point favorites over Duke. I love Florida State to win this. They will play in the championship game. The Auburn Tigers have a tough SEC Championship game to win. The opponent is the Missouri Tigers, not an easy game for Auburn. I think Missouri wins, to be honest. It will be tough for Auburn to come down from the emotional victory over Bama.

The Big Ten title game is Ohio State against the Michigan State Spartans. The Buckeyes are five-point favorites over the Spartans. I watched Ohio State struggle stopping a horrible Michigan offense that did anything it wanted offensively against the Ohio defense. The Spartans have a spectacular top notch “D.” I feel as though the Spartan defense will stymie the Ohio State offense. The Spartans should be able to run the ball effectively against the Buckeyes’ defense. Connor Cook, the MSU quarterback, will have to make some key throws at some point in this game. He has to take care of the football, most importantly. The cheeseball upset special: Green in Indy 27 and Ohio 24. I love MSU in this football game, so Sparty, don’t let me down!

Turkey Stomp

The Lions trampled the Packers on Turkey Day, 40-10. They now control the NFC North division race. There is no possible way they can screw this up, is there?

Why, yes. When talking about the Lions, anything is in the deck of cards, especially the two jokers. I do feel Detroit will not let its entire fan base down this time (like the Tampa game). Detroit will finally host a home playoff game here in 2013. This is a huge game in Philadelphia on Sunday. A win and they are so close to winning the division title. The tie-breaker would also go to Detroit over Philadelphia and Dallas if they end up tied with the same division records.

Detroit should win this game. Detroit is No. 3 in passing and Philly is No. 32 in pass defense. Detroit should put up a lot of points in this contest. The crystal cheeseball prediction: Not Same Old Lions 34 and Philly gee willy 30.

Reshuffling the deck

The Detroit Tigers stay busy in hot-stove action. Doug Fister has been traded to the Washington Nationals. Detroit received utility man Steve Lombardozzi, prospect pitcher Robbie Ray, and relief pitcher Ian Krohl. This move allows Drew Smyly to enter the starting rotation. Did Detroit receive enough in return for Fister? I really don’t know. The new closer is Joe Nathan, who is an old closer at 39-years old. Joe has 341 saves lifetime. He had 43 saves last year in Texas with a solid 1.39 ERA. Nathan should be a good addition to the bullpen.

Here are this week’s NFL picks after missing last week’s due to early deadlines.

Houston -3 over J’VILLE
WASHINGTON +3 over Kansas City
Minnesota +7 over BALT.
Cleveland +10 over N ENG.
N.Y. JETS -2.5 over Oakland
CINCINNATI -5.5 over Indy
N. ORLEANS – 3.5 over Carolina
Detroit + 2.5 over PHILA.
PITTSBURGH -3 over Miami
Buffalo +2.5 over TAMPA
DENVER -11.5 over Tennessee
St.Louis +6 over ARIZONA
SAN DIEGO -3 over N.Y. Giants
S. FRANCISCO -2.5 over Seattle
GREEN BAY -6 over Atlanta
Dallas +2 over CHICAGO
SEASON: 82-87-9
BEST BET: 7-4-1

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