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Among this season’s best teams, Stanford played the toughest schedule.

And what about Alabama? The two-time defending national champions only lost one game in stunning fashion to Auburn.

“We’re not a natural playoff sport,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who was the offensive coordinator at Tennessee when it when the first BCS championship game against Florida State in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. “I think we can make this work with four.

“And the reason I think we’ll make this work is I think what we’re all going to find out is the arguments are going to get bigger. We’re going to go from a few schools being angry to a lot of schools being angry, and maybe that’s going to be a good thing. I just want to be in the argument.”

Florida State showed Cutcliffe how far away Duke is from being in the argument in a 45-7 victory Saturday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game.

The Seminoles’ season has been defined by blowouts. Their average margin of victory is 42 points, and they could become just the third team in major college history to win all of its games by at least 14 points. The only drama this season in Tallahassee, Fla., came off the field, when quarterback Jameis Winston was investigated for sexual assault. The state attorney said there was not enough evidence to charge the redshirt freshman with a crime two days before the Seminoles beat Duke.

Winston is the runaway favorite to win the Heisman Trophy next Saturday. He would be the ninth Heisman winner to play in the BCS title game.

Auburn completed its worst-to-first run with a 59-42 victory in the Southeastern Conference championship game against Misssouri. The Tigers didn’t win a conference game last season. Under first-year coach Gus Malzahn, they have become an offensive juggernaut, leading the nation in rushing at 335 yards per game. Running back Tre Mason ran for 304 yards and three TDs against Mizzou to make a late Heisman push of his own.

The Tigers have had some good fortune — four games decided in the last 80 seconds, including improbable plays to beat Georgia and Alabama. But it usually takes a few breaks to get this far.

Auburn will be looking for its second BCS title in four years, and the SEC’s eighth straight. Florida State is back in the championship game for the first time since 2000, looking to win a second BCS crown and third national title overall.