Monday night will mark the final game of the BCS era. It's the 2014 BCS Title Game in Pasadena. The SEC can win remarkably its 8th-straight crystal football as #2 Auburn takes on the top ranked Florida State Seminoles. Heisman Winner Jameis Winston and his powerhouse 'Noles will have something to say about that before the night is over.
2014 Vizio BCS National Championship-#1 Florida State (13-0) vs. #2 Auburn (12-1)
Location: Pasadena, CA
Date and Time: January 6 at 8:30PM ET
Florida State-QB Jameis Winston
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Florida State-WR Rashad Greene
Florida State-SS Lamarcus Joyner
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Auburn-RB Tre Mason
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Auburn-QB Nick Marshall
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Auburn-DE Dee Ford
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Preview: Florida State has been dominant thus far, to say the least. From the emergence of Heisman-winning Freshman QB Jameis Winston, to future NFL receivers, to the top defense in America, Florida State looks like the best all-around team this year. The Seminoles will take on the #2 Auburn Tigers led by an insane and virtually unstoppable rushing attack thanks to Gus Malzahn. We will finally be the last game of the BCS-era. Can the Tigers upset the 'Noles and keep the SEC title streak alive? We'll see.
Jimbo Fisher has done a great job in Tallahassee. He is a great recruiter. One guy he got to sign the dotted line is superstar QB Jameis Winston. Winston has passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns. He has been the main reason for the rise of the Seminoles this season.
FSU has a underrated running back in Devonta Freeman who has rushed for 943 yards and 13 scores. Don't count out RBs Karlos Williams and James Wilder Jr. either. The Seminoles have a deep receiving corps which is arguably the best in the nation. This group of pass-catchers is led by Rashad Greene, Kelvin Benjamin, and Kenny Shaw who have almost 1,000 receiving yards each. TE Nick O'Leary is also a weapon to watch for.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 'Noles have dominated pretty much every team they have faced including holding Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, and the lethal scoring offense of #12 Clemson to only 14 points. FSU has a great defensive line and feature All-American CB Lamarcus Joyner in the secondary. Florida State is loaded with talent. They even have an All-American kicker in Roberto Aguayo. FSU is truly a powerhouse.
One team that has the ability to give opponents fits is #2 Auburn. Just think, The Tigers won 3 games in 2012, fired Gene Chizik, hired Gus Malzahn, have won 12 games this year, and will play for a BCS title. Yes, Auburn has had some breaks, but championship teams do.
The strength of the Auburn Tigers is their offense led by a great offensive line and a powerful and dangerous running attack. The Auburn running game is led by Junior RB Tre Mason who was a Heisman candidate this season while rushing for the 9th-best rushing total in America with 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns. Also never count out 600+ yard rushers in Junior RB Corey Grant and JUCO transfer Cameron Artis-Payne. They have contributed to the Tigers boasting the top rushing attack in the nation.
One of the top reasons for the revival on the Plains has been Nick Marshall. This dual-threat QB is the 2nd-leading rusher for Auburn with over 1,000 yards. This kid is dangerous as he has the ability to take it the distance on any given play. Marshall is also an underrated passer, but why pass when you have insane success on the ground. Nick Marshall has passed for 1,759 yards and 12 TDs.
The receiving corps is led by WR Sammy Coates followed by Ricardo Louis who is most famous for the "Prayer at Jordan Hare" catch against Georgia. TE C.J. Uzomah is also a player to watch. Auburn's offense is very simple, yet so hard to stop.
Auburn's defense is not nearly so dominant, but you can never overlook DE Carl Lawson, LB Cassanova McKinzy, CB Chris Davis (sorry, Alabama), and a great pass-rusher in DE Dee Ford.
Overall, can anyone beat FSU? I don't know, but Auburn has one of the best chances of any team in America. For the Tigers to pull off the upset of #1 Florida State, they have to manage the clock effectively behind their rushing attack and keep Famous Jameis and the FSU offense on the sideline. Good luck with that. Can Auburn keep the SEC title streak alive? We will find out soon because it all comes down to Monday night in Pasadena.