Some points summarizing threads within this thread...
1) If Winston is charged, FSU has no ethical choice but to rule him ineligible (absent a really compelling set of facts we don't know about). That said, if that happens, it is a tragedy and this yearís championship should be given an asterisk. The obvious best result would be that he is not charged because the DA does not believe that a rape occurred. Why? Because that outcome would mean a rape would not have occurred. Any other reason for a decision is less desirable on a graded scale depending upon the decision. But to have the national championship determined by something that happened off of the field would suck big time.
2) FSU and OSU have nearly identical SOS and records. FSU has destroyed their competition. OSU hasnít looked that dominating and several of their close victories actually look worse in the rear view mirror as their opponentís seasons have unfolded. FSU deserves the benefit of the doubt because of the eye test while OSU doesnít because of the eye test. Frankly a championship game between FSU and OSU potentially opens the door for a shared National Champion depending upon the outcome of other BCS bowl games.
3) A 1 loss SEC Champion deserves to jump an undefeated team with a Boise Statesque case minus a marquee out of conference game. Either Auburn or Missouri would have a more compelling case at 12-1 than OSU would have at 13-0 because either SEC team could boast of victories over multiple top 25 BCS opponents. OSU simply doesnít have the resume as their justification would come down to running the table against uninspiring competition. OSU is a very good football team. That doesnít mean they have the better resume and should get the job.
4) The narrative that Auburn has somehow been lucky is one that only has legs if one ignores the details. As Bear Bryant was fond of saying, ďLuck is what happens when preparation meets opportunityĒ. Fans who have the luxury of not worrying about details and national media pundits who canít be bothered with more detail than what can fit into a 15 second summary statement have inappropriately conflated the timing of Auburnís walk off homeruns with ďluckĒ. The reality of both the Georgia and Bama game is something different. For instance in the Georgia game, the odds of a game ending bomb occurring were obviously low. However, this wasnít a ďhail maryĒ pass. Auburn attacked a freshman in the secondary. Georgia didnít execute. Auburn did. Sure, call it a lucky bounce but Georgia didnít make a play, Auburn did. Concerning the Bama game, itís even less compelling to argue that Davisí game ending run was luck. Saban decided to try for a long field goal. Malzahn called a time out and changed personnel essentially treating the play like a kickoff and creating perhaps the largest mismatch Bama had faced on a play the entire season. This was a bigger mismatch than the special teams mismatch in the Auburn-Tennessee game concerning speed on the field. The FG was short enough to be fielded (obviously Saban gambled that his kicker had enough leg to miss long if he was going to miss). Once the kick was fielded all Auburn essentially had to do was execute some relatively easy blocks allowing Davis to out athlete the personal Bama had on the field. Literally it was text book kickoff coverage. Was a TD the most probable result on the play? No. But in hindsight, itís not that stunning of an outcome when considering the details. In short, Auburn executed and Bama didnít. This was no more luck that OSU regrouping and stuffing Michiganís two point attempt, a play where OSU executed and Michigan didnít. This was no more luck than McCarronís 99 yard TD earlier in the quarter of the Iron Bowl, a play where Bama executed and Auburn didnít. Also, the luck narrative completely ignores the fact that Auburn was actually in the position to potentially beat Bama on the final play of regulation to begin with. The way the Bama game unfolded is actually a perfect case for how good Auburn actually is. They stuffed Yeldon on 4th and inches. They jammed the ball down the Bamaís throat on a game winning drive led by Marshall and they made Bama pay by flawless execution in a mismatch purposefully exploited by Malzahn countering Sabanís decision. Sure Bama missed 4 FGs but one was blocked and one was 57 yards. Auburn also blocked a punt. Their special teams are excellent and that puts pressure on an opposing teamís special teams unit. Auburn has one of the best special teams units in the country and Bama had to execute against them. They didnít. Auburn gave itself opportunity and they executed. Thatís not luck. Thatís why teams practice.