Iron Bowl: How Auburn's return touchdown and win against Alabama impacts Arizona State

Kevin C. Cox

One of the craziest endings in college football history impacts the Arizona State Sun Devils.

The Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn produced one of the wildest endings college football has ever seen, and it's effects could be felt all the way in Arizona.

When Auburn's Chris Davis returned a missed field goal attempt 100-plus-yards for a touchdown at the end of regulation in the Iron Bowl, No. 1 Alabama suffered its first loss of the season.

Alabama and Auburn now share identical records at 11-1 and 7-1 in SEC play, and Auburn will represent the SEC West division in the conference championship game by virtue of Saturday's victory.

What does that mean for Alabama? The Crimson Tide's national title hopes have been squashed and Nick Saban's squad will now play in a BCS game as an at-large invitee.

There's a possibility that Auburn's victory will catapult the Tigers past the Ohio State Buckeyes in the BCS standings. However, if the standings hold true, the Florida State Seminoles and Ohio State Buckeyes will meet in the BCS title game.

The winner of the SEC title game will play in the Sugar Bowl, and Alabama becomes a likely candidate to play for the Rose Bowl. Normally, a Big Ten team would play the Pac-12 champion in the Rose Bowl, but if Ohio State is ranked No. 1 or No. 2, the Buckeyes will compete for a championship and leave an at-large team with an opportunity to land a Rose Bowl bid.

So if Arizona State wins the Pac-12 Championship game next week, the Sun Devils will earn a Rose Bowl invitation and could meet the Alabama Crimson Tide in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

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