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TCU, by the way, has one victory against the BCS top 25.

If the whole body of work is taken into account, Auburn would be the most deserving one-loss team. But the timing of the loss might be hard to overcome. And who knows how the allegations of NCAA violations by Cam Newton and his father would affect voters?

Wisconsin and TCU playing for the national championship is a realistic possibility. That could also open the door for Michigan State to play in the Rose Bowl, instead of an Oregon-Ohio State rematch of last year’s game. Auburn would (again) take Arkansas’ at-large spot and _ who knows? _ it could even push Stanford out of automatic qualifying position.

The picks:

Friday

No. 24 Northern Illinois (minus 17 1/2) vs. Miami, Ohio, at Detroit

Huskies ran for 544 yards against Eastern Michigan last week … N. ILLINOIS 35-21.

Saturday

No. 1 Oregon (minus 16 1/2) at Oregon State

Ducks sprint to the finish line … OREGON 45-21.

SEC Championship

No. 2 Auburn (minus 4 1/2) vs. No. 18 South Carolina at Atlanta

Tigers better not have an Iron Bowl hangover … AUBURN 35-24.

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