Should SEC champ jump OSU?

Kiper and McShay discuss the BCS title game, identify rising NFL prospects

Updated: December 2, 2013, 3:26 PM ET
By Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

Pinkel-Meyer-MalzahnAP PhotoWhich of these three coaches will be leading his team into the BCS title game?

Each week during the college football season, Mel Kiper and Todd McShay kick off the week by settling a debate, and then look at emerging NFL prospects and peek ahead to next week.

The discussion: Does the winner of Auburn-Missouri have a case to jump an undefeated Ohio State team and make the BCS title game?

Todd McShay: Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has an obvious agenda and bias in saying it would be a "disservice to the nation" if an SEC team isn't in the BCS National Championship, but I get his overall point. The thought of having a BCS title game where the SEC isn't represented is borderline depressing. I mean, seriously, how can we shut out the conference that has won seven consecutive national championships?

You don't want to see it, and we're fortunate that we aren't likely to be dealing with these issues next season when there's a playoff system in place (it's hard to imagine a "final four" that doesn't have at least one SEC team). But I think that an undefeated Ohio State should gain a BCS title bid ahead of the one-loss SEC champion -- in part because in this system, I think it's hard to pass over unbeaten teams from the power conferences, but also because of the specific teams involved in this year's BCS debate.


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Mel Kiper Jr.

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