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Auburn States Case, Hopes For FSU, OSU To Stumble

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Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers score a fourth quarter touchdown against Randy Ponder #7 of the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers score a fourth quarter touchdown against Randy Ponder #7 of the Missouri Tigers during the SEC Championship Game at Georgia Dome on December 7, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has stated its case. Now all Auburn can do is watch, wait and hope for No. 1 Florida State or No. 2 Ohio State to stumble.

After a week of lobbying by the SEC to have its champion play for the BCS national title ahead of an unbeaten team, No. 3 Auburn (12-1) won the conference with a wild 59-42 victory over No. 5 Missouri. It was quite a show, but it’s unlikely to be enough to jump the Seminoles or Buckeyes if they stay undefeated.

So it’ll be up to No. 20 Duke or No. 10 Michigan State to pave the way for Tigers to get a chance in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 6 to run the SEC’s streak of consecutive BCS titles to eight.

Florida State was a four-touchdown favorite heading into the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game against Duke in Charlotte. Ohio State had what looked like a much tougher task — No. 10 Michigan State and its top-ranked defense.

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