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Who will win the Orange Bowl?
A January trip to South Florida should not be played down, but it'd be hard to believe the two Orange Bowl teams aren't a little disappointed with their postseason destination. Clemson entered the year eager to prove itself a title-caliber team, only to see that dream shattered by a crushing defeat to Florida State in October. Ohio State got even further, needing a win over Michigan State in the Big Ten title game to earn a trip to the BCS championship contest (needless to say, the Buckeyes didn't get it). Still, if these two teams show up motivated, it could be quite the shootout.
Big Ten -- Ohio St. vs. Mich. St.
Finally, thanks to Alabama's shocking loss to Auburn on Saturday, the Big Ten championship game is on the national radar. If the Ohio State Buckeyes win, they are likely -- but not guaranteed -- to head to Pasadena not for the Rose Bowl, but for the BCS National Championship. The Michigan State Spartans, though, might have something to say about that; they, like OSU, went undefeated in Big Ten play and boast a strong defense that can counter the Bucks' dangerous O.
BCS Mixing Bowl
With an improbable 100-yard return of a missed field goal, Auburn certainly put a wrinkle into this year's college football postseason. That unlikeliest of endings vaulted Florida State and Ohio State into the driver's seat for the two spots in the BCS championship game. With only conference championship games remaining, Florida State, Ohio State, Auburn, Missouri have one last shot to make their case for a title chance.