Pasadena, Calif.—Monday, Jan. 6 at 8:30 p.m. ET
It wasn't the matchup everybody expected, but make no mistake, the BCS National Championship Game between Auburn and Florida State will provide a riveting matchup.
Florida State has steamrolled to a 13-0 record and the No. 1 ranking, winning games by an average margin of 42.3 points. Simply put, the Seminoles proved time and time again that they're the best team in college football and absolutely deserve to be in position for a title.
Standing in their way, though, is Auburn—the hottest team in college football. The Tigers averaged 420.5 rushing yards per game on the ground over its last two games—both of which were over Top Five teams that boasted stout rush defenses before the Tigers got a hold of them.
Florida State chimes in with the 14th-best defense in the country (116.54 yards per game), but I'm not sure that matters to Auburn. Sure, a month to prepare will help the Seminoles, but it also gives Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn time to work up a creative game plan.
Coaching, strengths, surprises, storylines, the SEC's seven-year winning streak...the BCS National Championship Game has it all.