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The Teams: No. 2 Auburn (12-1, 7-1 SEC) vs. No. 1 Florida State (13-0, 8-0 ACC)
Date/Time: Jan. 6, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Pasadena, Calif.
Line: Florida State (-8.5)
Which other? Thanks to an Ohio State loss in the Big Ten championship game, one-loss Auburn will face a dominant and undefeated Florida State team a year after winning just three games.
The storylines here are impressive. Gus Malzahn, in his first year at the helm of a BCS program, takes a downtrodden team that went winless in the conference in 2012 to a conference championship and national title game appearance a year later. The Southeastern Conference is playing for its unprecedented eighth consecutive national championship. Florida State ranks 14th nationally in passing offense; Auburn ranks tops nationally in rushing offense.
Again, we're looking at a whole lot of offense. The sizeable spread comes from Auburn's close calls against Georgia, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Mississippi State while Florida State is winning by an average margin of 46.7 points.
The Seminoles' strength of schedule, though, is weak. The massive blowouts have come against just two ranked teams and an ACC that is well behind the power four conferences in football prowess. Auburn, in comparison, has defeated four ranked opponents, including two Top 10 teams, and won the prestigious SEC championship.
Just how well Auburn's defense can withstand FSU's air attack and how many holes its running backs will find in the Seminole defensive front stands to be seen. With these kinds of narratives and this offensive production on the field, though, this game promises to be epic.
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