The 2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship contenders were announced Sunday night. With a little help from the Michigan St. football team’s defeat of Ohio St., Florida St. (ACC) and Auburn (SEC) will square off on January 6, in Pasadena, CA to determine the 2014 National Champion.
There is always a great deal of controversy surrounding the BCS system and the selection of who will play in what bowl. After a wild final two weeks of the College Football season, FSU stands alone as an unbeaten. They are unquestionably considered the number one team in the nation. But who should play against the Seminoles?
Auburn is one of five remaining one loss teams in the top ten. Michigan St., who knocked off then number two Ohio St. in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday, is ranked fourth behind FSU, Auburn, and Alabama. Alabama lost their rivalry game to Auburn on a last second missed field goal returned for a touchdown, now being called the “kick six”. As the dust cleared Sunday night, it was Auburn who got the call.
The SEC has owned the BCS national championship game in recent years, winning the last eight. Auburn is looking to win their second in four years. Cam Newton led the last Auburn team to a National Championship in 2010. Now, under first year head coach Gus Malzahn, the Tigers sport a dangerous rushing attack that has helped them go from worst in the SEC last season to playing for a National Championship.
“Right now, we can run the football on anybody,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
Florida State (13-0) has cruised to victory in all of its games by margins of at least 14 points. FSU will play for the national title for the first time since 2000 when Bobby Bowden was the head coach. The Seminoles will be looking for their first BCS title since 1999.
Freshman Quarterback Jameis Winston is predicted by most to be the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy this season, becoming the second freshman to do so in a row. Johnny Manziell of Texas A&M did so last year.
“We’re not champs yet,” head coach Jimbo Fisher shouted after the Seminoles demolished Duke in the ACC Championship Game Saturday night.
Can FSU chop down Auburn’s bid to make it nine championships in a row for the SEC? FSU team leader and senior CB Lamarcus Joyner says they are not getting caught up in the SEC hype.
“It’s not the SEC conference vs. the ACC conference,” Joyner said. “It’s Florida State vs. Auburn.”