VIZIO BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Free Picks and prediction
#1 Florida State Seminoles (13-0, 8-0 ACC) vs. #2 Auburn Tigers (12-1, 7-1 SEC) Monday, January 6, 2014, 8:30 pm
Rose Bowl- Pasadena, CA
Line: FSU -9.0
On Monday night in Pasadena, the 16 years of existence for the Bowl Championship Series will come to an end as college football will go to a playoff system starting next season, but the series finale for all intent and purpose looks like a great matchup with No. 1 Florida State battling No. 2 Auburn for this year’s BCS championship.
Unbeaten Florida State (13-0) will also be playing for a perfect season, led by freshman Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston as he leads his team against the Auburn Tigers (12-1), who look like a team of destiny with their unbelievable wins this year.
Throughout the years of its existence, the BCS system has come under fire if indeed the two best teams in America were playing for it all, and while often times they did get it right, it wasn’t enough to continue as next year a four-team playoff system will take its place.
“We all complain about the BCS, but isn’t it funny how often they get it right,” fourth year Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said.
This year I believe they got it right as the Seminoles have rolled over all their opponents in their way, winning by an average of at least 27 points, except for one game while outscoring their foes 53.0-10.7 points per game.
Florida State claims the top defense in regards to points allowed and against the four ranked opponents it faced this year, they outscored them 200-35 and will be in search of their first BCS title since winning the 1999 Sugar Bowl.
Freshman sensation Jameis Winston not only won the Heisman in a runaway but also took home the Walter Camp player of the year award and Davey O’Brian Award has the nation’s top quarterback. Winston lead his Seminoles to a 45-7 win in the ACC title game over then-No. 20 Duke by passing for 330 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 59 more and a score.
“We wanted to win this championship so bad, Winston said after the game. “We were looking forward to having an undefeated season.”
But, to keep that perfect season in tact they will need to beat an Auburn team that found its way to Pasadena with two big thrilling plays that defined their season.
The first was a last-minute ‘Hail Mary’ 73-yard pass from quarterback Nick Marshall that deflected into the hands of Ricardo Louis to give them a 43-38 victory over Georgia. The second came in the ‘Iron Bowl’ against then-No. 1 Alabama when Chris Davis returned a missed field goal 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the game to give the Tigers a 34-28 win.
“We are a team of destiny,” Davis said then. “We won’t take no for an answer.”
Auburn pounded the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship game 59-42 the following weekend and coupled with then-unbeaten Ohio State losing, it the sent the Tigers to Pasadena.
The 2012 Auburn season was a disaster as they went 3-9 and didn’t win a conference game in the SEC, but will now have an opportunity to give the SEC its seventh straight BCS title.
“We feel we’re the best team in college football,” Auburn running back and Heisman finalist Tre Mason said. “We’ve got to continue to prove it.”
However, unlike the other SEC teams that played in the BCS title game, the Tigers find themselves as an underdog as the oddsmakers are making the Seminoles a big (minus -9.0) point favorite, but get the latest spread on the game up until kickoff right here at Wonder Punter.
Winston’s numbers are off the chart as he threw for 3,810 yards, 38 touchdowns and 10 picks with a staggering 190.1 passer rating leading an offense that averages 529.4 yards per game against an Auburn defense that is ranked 88 in the nation allowing 423.5 yards per game.
The Tigers run a triple read-option, hurry up attack led by Marshall that allowed them to average 505.3 yards per game and 40.2 points per contest, so keeping pace with the Seminoles will be the difference, but with Florida State being the stronger team on both sides of the ball, I have to predict the Seminoles taking home college football’s biggest prize… the BCS Championship.
Auburn went 3-1 against four top-10 teams, winning their last three scoring an average of 46.0 points per game.
Do the Auburn Tigers have one more miracle in them to get it done?
“You just have to embrace the moment,” Marshall said. “Just seize the moment of being in the championship game, period. It doesn’t come too often, so when you’re in it you just have to make the best of it.”
Prediction/Pick: Florida State
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter