With Ohio State falling to Michigan State and Florida State dominating mighty Duke, most would assume that the Seminoles would be considered the overwhelming top team in the country. And you would assume right, but there are four guys out there who think Auburn should be considered the team to beat heading into this year's national championship.
Joe Giglio of The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C., Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, Jon Wilner of the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News and Ryan Brown of the WJOX-FM Birmingham all gave Auburn a first-place vote in the latest AP Poll. Florida State received the other 56 first-place votes.
Strangely enough, every coach in the USA Today Coaches Poll gave Florida State its first-place vote.
Well, there's that.
Many are going to respectfully disagree with those four voters. Oddsmakers in Vegas don't even agree, as the Seminoles opened up as a seven-point favorite.
Florida State has looked pretty much flawless throughout the regular season and has NFL prospects everywhere on both sides of the ball, while Auburn has needed a couple of miracles throughout the year to position itself for a national championship berth. And after the Tigers allowed 534 total yards to Missouri, it's tough to argue they're as balanced as the Seminoles.
Florida State averages 53 points per game, but also has the third-best defense in the country. It also hasn't even come close to losing a game this year, as every matchup resulted in a blowout.
But if you're on Auburn's side and believe this fairy tale of a season will continue, the good thing is that it will have a chance to prove it. Auburn is expected to play Florida State in this year's title game and will be given every opportunity to show the select few that they are correct.
Until then, let the debating continue.
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