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Florida State Opens as Early Vegas Favorite over Auburn

Dec 7, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston (5) runs the ball during the third quarter against the Duke Blue Devils at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Duke 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 8, 2013

If you were expecting a close national championship meeting between Auburn and Florida State, think again.

The Seminoles should handle the Tigers fairly easily. Well, at least that's what Vegas believes judging by the opening odds, according to RJ Bell of Pregame.com. 

Anybody who is even slightly familiar with odds and national championships should know that a touchdown favorite isn't good.

The top two teams battling it out for the crystal football should be about as even as possible. You should be forced to go back and forth between the two teams for the next month, searching for that tiny advantage that gives one team the edge.

If these odds are any indication of how the game is going to play out, it looks like we have ourselves another Alabama-Notre Dame outcome all over again. The bright side is that you'll get plenty of sleep before work the next morning.

All kidding aside, there's plenty of value with Auburn in this pick.

The Tigers are an SEC program, and the conference has won the last seven national championships. They also have a running game that seems unstoppable at the moment and a defense that is young and gets relentless penetration. Auburn also seems to be a team of destiny that can't lose even if it tried.

But even with a lot going Auburn's way, Vegas sees an NFL prospect in quarterback Jameis Winston and a Florida State defense that is ranked third in the country.

The Seminoles have also breezed through the entire college football schedule and hasn't even come close to losing. Auburn is just a couple of lucky breaks away from having three losses.

Regardless of who you're going for in the last BCS National Championship game, let's just hope that it's a little closer than Vegas anticipates. 

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