The ACC appears to be back and here to stay. The league wins a pair of BCS bowls, sweeps the major awards and thanks to some forward-thinking leadership, is in a position of strength for the long term.
While Auburn fell short in its bid to become the eighth straight SEC team to win the national title, commissioner Mike Slive found some solace.
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It's Auburn and Florida State for the 16th and final BCS title. From coaching moves, position changes to the Tigers' and Seminoles' kickers, here are the top storylines.
The Tigers' defense ranked 88th nationally but had to face a slew of great quarterbacks while using a bend-but-don't-break method.
There was controversy to be sure, but before the BCS arrived No. 1 had met No. 2 in a bowl game only eight times.
The Miracle at Jordan-Hare, an improbable 73-yard TD pass in the closing minutes, kept Auburn's amazing comeback story alive.
Florida's Tim Tebow had a promise to keep, and he pulled it off with one of the best quarters of his college career in the 2008 SEC title game against Alabama as we count down the best of the SEC on CBS.
Pain, doubt, redemption and even some miracle finishes. Auburn has seen it all this year and has (at least) an SEC championship to show for it.
With postseason matchups on hold until all games are played (thanks, BCS), we can't wait to see what happens with Auburn, Ohio State and in the Pac-12.

Tony Barnhart is in his fifth season as a contributor to He is a college football analyst for CBS Sports and The CBS Sports Network. Prior to joining CBS he was the national college football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for 24 years. He has written five books on college football.
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