When: Jan 6th, 2014 at 8:30pm ET
Where: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, CA
Broadcast: ESPN / Musburger and Herbstreit with the call
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Unlike last year’s BCS Championship game, this one will be a thrilling game and both teams will have their hands full for a full 4 quarters. You have a Cinderella type story with the Auburn Tigers as they started the season unranked and have made it through some of wildest finishes in college football history. On the other end of the spectrum, you have the Florida State Seminoles taking the season by the throat and dominating everyone with their juggernaut powered defense. Let’s take a quick look at how these two powerhouses got to the big game.
Florida State Seminoles: 13-0
Head Coach: Jimbo Fisher (4th year)
The AP, ranked Florida State #10 to start the season and then steadily moved up from #10, #8, #6, #5, #3, #2, and to #1 solidifying their spot in the BCS Championship game. The Seminoles faced five ranked teams and blew them all out for a combined score of 254-41; those are some pretty impressive numbers versus ranked opponents. If you want to pass the ball against the Seminoles you better have a “plan b” because their stingy pass defense is ranked #1 and #3 overall in the FBS.
When looking at their schedule, the scoring numbers are quite stunning. The Seminoles average score is 53 and their opponent’s average score is just 11.
Auburn Tigers: 12-1 (loss to LSU)
Head Coach: Gus Malzahn (1st year)
Unranked in the AP until week 7, they came in at #24. And they steadily moved up the AP Poll virtually every subsequent week. From #24, #11, #8, #7, #6, #4, #3, to #2 in the nation punching their ticket to this year’s BCS Championship game. The Tigers have faced six ranked teams, with their only loss coming at the hands of their SEC Rival, the LSU Tigers. In addition, all six matchups against ranked opponents were pretty competitive games, but this could simply be the nature of the SEC right now. In those six games the Tigers combined score was 232-206 and those numbers would indicate they have been in some close games. If you’ve seen any Auburn games this year, you have seen some astonishing finishes and they could be in for another nail biter in Pasadena.
The Tigers have been a pretty efficient offensive team this year with an average score of 40, but their defense will allow some scoring. On average, they have allowed 24 points against them.
Auburn leads the all-time head-to-head matchup 13-4-1; the last time the two battled it out was in 1990 and Auburn won that game. The last time these two squared off in a bowl game was the 1989 Sugar Bowl and Florida State won.
Who Will Win?
The game will be won in the trenches, and it could come down to a final possession. You have to like what Auburn brings on offense especially with RB Tre Mason leading the nation’s #1 overall rushing attack against the Seminoles 13th ranked rushing defense. Conversely, the Seminoles have done all year with their balanced offense, 6th in the nation against the 87th ranked defense from Auburn. Auburn would like to keep the ball away from Florida State by running all over them, which will keep the game close especially with Florida State’s ability to expose Auburn’s questionable defense. The game has the potential to be one of the best BCS Championship games in history, one that no one will want to miss. You have a team that never quits and won’t go away easy in any game and you have a team that has steamrolled everyone in their path. Flip a coin!
NFL Bound Prospects to Watch
Everyone will have their eyes on this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston, but who should we keep an eye out for the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft?
Florida State: OT Cameron Erving; DT Timmy Jernigan; WR Kelvin Benjamin
Auburn: RB Tre Mason; DE Dee Ford
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Jose Martinez is a self-proclaimed football guru. Whether it’s college or pro, he knows all about it. In fact, he says he never misses a game. That’s a lot of football to watch. If you want insight into the next big game, make sure you see what Jose has to say about it.