Auburn football: Human voters hold key to Tigers' BCS title hopes

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 4, 2013 

AUBURN, Ala. — To get to the national title game, Auburn is going to need help — a lot of it.

If Florida State, Ohio State and Auburn all win their respective conference title games this weekend, the Tigers will need a major shift among human voters to get into the BCS National Championship game.

How much?

“Auburn, if you do the math, is going to need approximately 75 percent of the voters to have them ahead of Ohio State on their final ballots for them to finish ahead of Ohio State in the BCS,” Brad Edwards, the BCS analyst for ESPN, said during a teleconference on Wednesday. “(There is) a mathematical element of it that you can latch on and say, ‘This is what it’s going to take.’”

The Tigers’ reliance on human voters is because Edwards said they have already maxed out the points they have received from the computer element of the BCS formula.

"From everything I've learned from watching these computers operate over the last several years, I don't think that Auburn is going to gain much more, if any, ground on Ohio State computer-wise,” Edwards said, “and because of that, there's a ton of ground they would have to make up in the polls to finish ahead of them."

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