CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Some get a potential shot at BCS title game after a crazy day

No. 1 Alabama's loss to No. 4 Auburn and No. 3 Ohio State's victory over Michigan throws a wrench into things.

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Now that your heart rates have retreated to somewhere near normal, didn’t we tell you the Bowl Championship Series (almost) always works out?

Shoot, after days like Saturday, why are they even scrapping it for next season’s playoffs?

(We’re kidding).

And what if we told you biggest loser Alabama might still be coming to the Rose Bowl thisseason, just not for the title game Jan. 6?

College football simply can’t get crazier, or better.

It started in the morning when No. 3 Ohio State held off Michigan’s two-point conversion to win, 42-41, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

That kept Ohio State’s national title hopes afloat as Buckeyes everywhere gathered to root for No. 4 Auburn to upset No. 1 Alabama.

By day’s end, fans in Columbus, Ohio, were dancing circles around Coach Urban Meyer’s house.

Two weeks after Auburn defeated Georgia on a Hail Mary tipped pass, the Tigers did it again, this time with a miraculous kick (return) to the gut.

Auburn beat Alabama, 34-28, and clinched the Southeastern Conference West Division when Chris Davis returned for a touchdown a missed Alabama field-goal try on the last play.

Instead of playing for overtime, Coach Nick Saban allowed Adam Griffith to try a 57-yard field goal with one second remaining.

The decision was made possible after Alabama was awarded one second on the clock after a replay review.

Cade Foster, Alabama’s short-yardage kicker, had missed field-goal tries of 44, 33 and 44 yards.

Griffith’s kick came up short and Davis grabbed it nine yards deep in the end zone and raced down the left sideline for the game winner.

The shocking result probably derailed (for now) Alabama’s chance to win a third consecutive national title.

Auburn’s second miracle in two weeks left two unbeaten contenders, Florida State and Ohio State, in the race for this season’s BCS title game at the Rose Bowl.

Florida State and Ohio State should be 1-2 in this week’s BCS standings with one week left, with Auburn moving to third.

Ohio State, which won its 24th game in a row under Meyer, spent the last few weeks thinking it might get shut out of the title game lining up for Alabama and Florida State.

Auburn (11-1) can reach the BCS championship game if it wins next week’s SEC title game and either Florida State or Ohio State loses.

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