Alabama Loss Leaves OSU At BCS Door

Coming into the weekend, it seemed clear Ohio State needed either Alabama or Florida State to lose at the end of the season to have a chance to make the national title game. It was good news, then, that Auburn took care of the top-ranked Crimson Tide on Saturday. The Buckeyes now could move up to No. 2 in the BCS, but Auburn will make a charge.

Chris Davis ran 108 yards to the winning score -- and might have run Ohio State right into the BCS National Championship Game.

Just hours after Ohio State's thrilling ending in a 42-41 win at Michigan, Auburn and Alabama might have topped that in Jordan Hare Stadium.

Davis' return of a missed field goal from the back of the end zone for a touchdown on the final play of the game gave No. 4 Auburn a 34-28 win vs. top-ranked Alabama -- leaving Ohio State as one of two undefeated teams at the top of FBS standings along with Florida State.

The 56-yard field goal attempt for Alabama came after a review put one final second on the clock, setting up one of the most unfathomable endings to a college football game you'll ever see.

Minutes earlier, Nick Marshall's game-tying 39-yard TD pass to a wide open Sammie Coates left the Auburn crowd in ecstasy -- and Columbus likely feeling exactly the same.

There's no telling how the human polls will vote on Sunday -- the coaches' poll and Harris Poll comprise two-thirds of the BCS rankings -- but the Buckeyes previously impenetrable deficit behind No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Florida State is no longer a barrier the Buckeyes will have to crack.

OSU led Auburn by nearly a point in last week's BCS standings, though much of that gap will disappear this week. But certainly, seeing Alabama go down has to do nothing but good things for the Buckeyes' title hopes.

Let the debate begin.

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