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Badgers to play South Carolina in Capital One Bowl; Auburn-Florida State in title game

Wisconsin Badgers football helmet
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UNDATED (WSAU-TSN)  It was as wild a month to finish a college football season in recent memory.

In the final year of the BCS, it was only fitting.

In a mad sprint to the finish, the SEC's chances to win an eighth consecutive national title are still alive, as No. 2 Auburn will play top-ranked and undefeated Florida State in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6.

The Wisconsin Badgers, with three losses, still managed to land a New Years Day bowl. They'll play South Carolina from the SEC.

On the outside looking in two weeks ago, Ohio State finally got the break it needed entering Saturday's conference championship games. Following a heart- stopping win against arch-rival Michigan, the Buckeyes' team bus reacted with joy on the ride back to Columbus when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown as Auburn stunned two-time defending champion Alabama, 34-28, in the 78th Iron Bowl.

After the "Prayer at Jordan-Hare" and the Davis "Kick Six" led to improbable victories in back-to-back weeks, Auburn didn't need a miracle Saturday, but the Tigers needed help from Michigan State.

They got it.

The Spartans were a thorn in the Buckeyes' side as they ended Ohio State's national title hopes and its 24-game winning streak in the Big Ten title game.

Now Auburn, which improved its win total from last year by nine under new head coach Gus Malzahn, is celebrating.

In order to win their second title in four years, the Tigers will need to get past Jameis Winston and a Florida State squad which won each of its games by at least 14 points.

The freshman phenom and Heisman favorite Winston, who was cleared of allegations he sexually assaulted a woman last year on Thursday, set a pair of individual FBS freshman marks with 38 TD passes and 3,820 yards through the air.

The Seminoles (13-0) had a .9957 average, leading the Harris Interactive, USA Today and aggregate computer rankings, while Auburn (12-1, .9638) vaulted into the second spot for the first time all season following its 59-42 win over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

FSU routed Duke 45-7 in the ACC title tilt. The Seminoles will play for it all for the first time since 1999 and are seeking their first BCS title since that same year.

The final BCS title game will be played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Next year will mark the first of the College Football Playoff, which will consist of the top four teams.

Ohio State fell to seventh in the BCS standings following its defeat and will clash with No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl. The Buckeyes will play in their record 10th BCS bowl.

The Rose Bowl will consist of its usual clash between Big Ten and Pac-12 champions as No. 4 Michigan State will play No. 5 Stanford. The Spartans and their top-ranked defense are making their first Rose Bowl appearance since 1987. The Cardinal, meanwhile, will be in a BCS Bowl for a fourth straight year.

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