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BCS Rankings: Chaos Averted Thanks To Auburn's Comeback

When the new BCS standings come out on Sunday, at least one familiar team will sit atop the top two in the rankings. Auburn came back from 24 points down to defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa, winning 28-27. Cam Newton helped save the Tigers season and national title hopes, leading Auburn to 21 second half points. The Crimson Tide actually managed to hold Auburn to negative yardage in the first quarter, but it was to no avail as the Tigers came back to win.

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This is bad news for the TCU Horned Frogs, of course. They need two of Oregon, Auburn and Boise State to lose to have a chance to play in the BCS championship game. Currently, the Oregon Ducks trail the Arizona Wildcats 16-14 in the second quarter, but that game is far from over. Boise State will kick off against Nevada at 10:15 EST.

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Had Auburn lost to Alabama, the gates would have been open for either Boise State or TCU to play in the BCS championship game. Auburn will still have to play in the SEC title game and Oregon could lose to Arizona or Oregon State, so all hope is not lost for the two non-BCS conference teams.

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TCU will head to New Mexico tomorrow to cap off their regular season.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.