BCS National Championship Game: Florida State vs. Auburn


BCS National Championship Game Matchup: Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers

Date/Time: January 6th, 8:30 ET

Television: ESPN

BCS National Championship Game Odds from WagerWeb

Point Spread: Florida State -8.5

Total: 67.5

After 34 bowl games are complete, there will be just one left, and it’s for all the marbles. In historic Pasadena, the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers will go to war with one another on January 6th with the winner being named the BCS National Champions.

Without a shadow of a doubt, the Seminoles are living up to their moniker this year. They have been “Unconquered,” and for the most part, they have yet to be challenged either. FSU’s only relatively close game was against the Boston College Eagles, and that not only came back in the early part of the conference season, but it also was only a 14-point game. The team has hung at least 37 points on everyone it has faced this year, including going on the road and beating the then-No. 3 Clemson Tigers 51-14. QB Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy, becoming the third player in FSU history to claim the honor and the youngest to ever win the award. He had the best year a quarterback has ever had at Florida State, throwing for 3,820 yards and 38 TDs to go with another 193 yards and four scores on the ground. More impressive though, might be a defense which just lost three superstars to the NFL last season. These Noles have allowed just five rushing TDs all season long, none of which came in the first half of any game.

Auburn though, has good fortune for sure on its side. The team won games against the Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs which probably should have been lost, but the end result saw the team go 12-1, win the SEC, and make it here to Pasadena on the back of the Ohio State Buckeyes losing to the Michigan State Spartans on the final day of the regular season in the Big Ten Championship Game. The rushing numbers for the Tigers are staggering. They rolled up over 500 yards on the ground in the SEC Championship Game against the Missouri Tigers, and they ran for nearly 300 yards on the Crimson Tide as well. QB Nick Marshall had 1,023 yards and 11 TDs this year, while RB Tre Mason had 22 TDs and 1,621 yards. Four men rushed for at least 600 yards this year, and all of them averaged at least 5.7 yards per carry. Defensively, there were some issues for sure, knowing that teams averaged 259.3 yards per game against the Tigers this year through the air and 423.5 yards per game in total.

The Noles haven’t lost a bowl game yet under Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, and they are 5-0 SU and ATS in their last five bowl games. They’re also a perfect 9-0 ATS in their last nine bowls overall. Auburn too, has had great success in bowl games, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its last five trips to bowl games, including beating the Oregon Ducks in the BCS National Championship Game in 2011. FSU has a pair of national titles to its credit from 1993 and 1998, and it would love to add 2013 to its resume in the first title game in the post-Bobby Bowden era.

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Adam Markowitz

is a staff writer living in the Orlando area. He has covered NFL, MLB, college football, CFL, AFL, NBA, college basketball, NASCAR, golf, tennis, and the NHL for a number of various outlets in his career, and he has been published by a number of different media outlets, including the Orlando Sentinel and the Wall Street Journal.

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