Found January 04, 2014 on
60 Max Power O:
Can the #2 ranked Auburn Tigers, who have won their last two regular season games on late game miracles, pull out a third and keep the SEC streak of eight National Championships intact against the #1 and 13 point favorite Florida State Seminoles.
Well if you like offense this game is for you
The Tigers have had the stars shining on them starting in week 13 when they beat Georgia on a last minute 73 yard TD pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis after it was deflected on a 4th and 18 with 25 seconds left and then in week 14, Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 109 yards to shock then #1 Alabama and the football world 34-28 to get to the SEC title game. They then dispatched Missouri in an offense slugfest 59-42, with Auburn running back Tre Mason rushing 46 times for a team record 304 yards and 4 TDs.
Their opponent, Florida State has not been challenged all season as they lead the nation in both points for (53.0) and against (10.7). They are led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston who has been electrifying all season going 237 for 349 (67.9% completion rate) for 3,820 yards and 38 TD’s and an additional 4 TD’s in leading the #5 offense (#14 – pass and #23 in rush). Defensively they are even better, ranked #3 (#13 – run and #1 – pass), but they may run into something that will be the difference in who wins this game.
The Seminoles only gave up more than 17 points once all season, but the one team, Boston College scored 34 and also rushed for 200 yards in the game. The BC Eagles were the #20 rushing offense in the country averaging 212.5 yards a game.
Why is this important? Auburn is the #1 rushing offense in the country averaging 335.7 yards a game and they plan on running Tre Mason and Nick Marshall all game long to wear down the Seminoles. If Seminole fans wonder if the Tigers did anything against as good defense like theirs they should remember the Tigers ran for 296 yards against Alabama (#8 avg. – 106.2 yards).
The Seminoles are 13 points favorites in this game, which is one of the bigger spreads in this bowl season, but as other have shown (UCF and Oklahoma won as double digit underdogs) the Tigers may just show why they won’t just beat the spread but win the game and the National Championship.
Cinderella already has two glass slippers for the two miracle wins, but they will leave Pasadena with a Crystal Trophy. Auburn wins 52-48 in a late TD and a late pick to secure the Championship.
BEST OF MAXIM
Florida State Seminoles star quarterback Jameis Winston really burst onto the scene with a remarkable redshirt freshman campaign in 2013, completing 237 of 349 passes (67.9 percent) for 3,820 yards with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Despite dealing with the sexual assault investigation that had cast a shadow over the program, Winston still managed to shine under the intense...
Jameis Winston and Florida State look to complete a perfect season against Auburn. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Florida State faces Auburn for Sears Trophy
With a school-record 13 wins, the Seminoles of Florida State need just one more to claim their first national championship in 14 years and third overall. To get that done, top-ranked Florida State will need to beat #2...
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher knows Seminoles fans won't be the only ones rooting for his team against No. 2 Auburn in the BCS championship game.
Call it SEC fatigue.
The Southeastern Conference has won the last seven BCS championships and Fisher understands that a large number of fans, mostly outside of the South, would like the reign to end.
Fisher said, ''It...
Between Auburn’s miracle ‘Hail Mary’ touchdown against Georgia, its amazing game-winning missed field goal return against Alabama in the Iron Bowl, and Ohio State’s loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game (which opened the door for AU to reach the BCS National Championship Game), many believe the Tigers are a team of destiny. Heck, even former players have come up...
Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston has had himself one of the most successful debut campaigns in the history of college football. He’s thrown for over 3,800 yards, 38 touchdowns, he’s shattered conference and school records and won a Heisman Trophy. He’ll have a chance to put the cherry on top Monday if he and his team can defeat the Auburn Tigers and...
The inside of Auburn's BCS championship media guide has a graphic labeling the Tigers a ''Team of Destiny.'' Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher isn't sure about that.
Auburn's magical run to the title game Monday is described in many ways. ''Lucky'' is one of the adjectives used. Either way, Auburn was on the right end of narrow victories...
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher says he is concerned allegations of criminal wrongdoing against an athlete can linger even when no criminal charges are filed.
Fisher was asked after practice Friday about whether athletes are at risk of being viewed as guilty even when they are not charged with crimes. He was not asked directly about the allegations made against quarterback Jameis...
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense have gotten most of the attention leading up to the BCS championship game.
The Seminoles' defense is just as good - or even better.
And the defense has done it with a new scheme and a new coordinator who was a high school assistant only seven years ago.
Defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt has turned the Seminoles...
The BCS Vizio National Championship is almost here, and that means we will get to see the two best programs in the nation go at it. Florida State is 13-0 and is looking to cap off a perfect season under Jimbo Fisher. The team of destiny is sitting at 12-1 and knock off the top ranked Seminoles. Florida State won the ACC Championship against Duke in their last outing, 45-3. Auburn...
FSU wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin thinks the Seminoles are the "Floyd Mayweather of football."
I imagine one of the toughest things a quarterback has to do is make a player better than he is. Not every weapon he has is going to be a stud, but you have to play with what you have. On the flip side of that it must be just as tough if your team is chock full of play makers and you have to worry about keeping everyone happy.Having to spread the ball around has to be the better...
Jameis Winston is undoubtedly in the driver seat for the #1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. But, could you imagine your franchise quarterback not being fully entrenched in football? Winston is also an outfielder/pitcher for the Seminoles’ baseball team. Winston spoke about the possibility of playing both sports professionally: “You can do anything […]
Auburn is putting a big emphasis on pressuring Jameis Winston when the Tigers take on Florida State for the BCS title on Jan. 6 in the Rose Bowl.