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Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers National Championship Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/6/14

Auburn Tigers (12-1) at Florida State Seminoles (13-0)

College Football: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Rose Bowl)

The Line: Florida State Seminoles -8 -- Over/Under: 67 See the Latest Odds


The Florida State Seminoles play the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game on Monday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

The Florida State Seminoles finished the regular season with a perfect 13-0 record and 8-0 in the ACC. QB Jameis Winston became the youngest Heisman winner (19 years, 342 days) in history after a superb freshman campaign in which he passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns for the Seminoles. The Seminoles leading the nation with 90 touchdowns while ranking second in scoring at 53 points per game with a low output of 37 points. Florida State has a ferocious defensive unit that ranks first nationally in scoring defense (10.7) and passing defense (152 per game) and third in total defense (268.5). The Seminoles have a plethora of skill players as three players have compiled more than 500 rushing yards and three receivers have more than 900 receiving yards. RB Devonta Freeman (943 yards, 13 touchdowns) is the primary back while WR Rashad Green had a team-best 67 receptions with Kelvin Benjamin hauling in 14 scoring receptions. CB Lamarcus Joyner (five sacks, two interceptions) and OLB Telvin Smith (three interceptions, team-best 75 tackles) lead a strong defense that intercepted 25 passes, including a team-high four from S Nate Andrews.

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Florida State Seminoles vs. Auburn Tigers National Championship Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/6/14

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The Auburn Tigers finished the regular season 12-1 overall and 7-1 in the SEC. Auburn got itself into the title game with a superb final three-game run that included miraculous late-game victories over Georgia and Alabama before beating Missouri in the SEC title game. The Tigers have the nation’s top rushing attack (335.7) and scored 69 total touchdowns while tied for 11th in the nation in scoring at 40.2 points. Auburn is suspect on the defensive side of the ball, allowing 24 points per game and ranking 88th in total defense (423.5) and 104th in passing defense (260.2). RB Tre Mason finished sixth in the Heisman balloting after a superb regular season that included 1,621 yards and an SEC-record 22 rushing scores. Mason forms an explosive trio with multipurpose QB Nick Marshall (12 passing scores, 1,023 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns) and WR Sammie Coates (22.1 average, seven touchdowns). CB Chris Davis, famous for providing the winning points with the game-ending missed field goal return against Alabama, has a team-high 69 tackles and teams with other defensive standouts like S Robenson Therezie (four interceptions) and DE Dee Ford (8.5 sacks).

I personally wish that Alabama beat Auburn so that the Seminoles could take on, in my opinion; the Crimson Tide who is the 1st or 2nd best team in the country. Having said that, Auburn has earned its spot in the national title game and they should not be taken lightly. I think both teams will find a way to put up points, and I could see both teams reach at least 30. If Auburn can establish the run with Mason and Marshall it could be a long day for the Seminoles. Florida State struggled against Boston College earlier in the year, a team that has one of the best running backs in the country in Williams, who rushed for 149 yards against the Seminoles. Auburn will have trouble stopping “famous Jameis” and the stock pile of skill players the Seminoles have on offense. I think the over is worth a shot in this game and I would take the points with Auburn, a team that seems to be destine for a national championship this season.

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