How FSU vs. Auburn Stacks Up Against Other Title Games from BCS Era

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How FSU vs. Auburn Stacks Up Against Other Title Games from BCS Era
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When Jan. 6 rolls around, Florida State and Auburn will play in the final BCS title game, ending the format's 16-year reign as the preferred way to determine the national champion. In its place will come a four-team playoff, something that football fans have yearned for for years. 

BCS National Championships
Year Winner Loser Final Score
1998 No. 1 Tennessee No. 2 FSU 23-6
1999 No. 1 FSU No. 2 Virginia Tech 46-29
2000 No. 1 Oklahoma No. 2 FSU 13-2
2001 No. 1 Miami No. 2 Nebraska 37-14
2002 No. 2 Ohio State No. 1 Miami 31-24
2003 No. 2 LSU No. 1 Oklahoma 21-14
2004 No. 1 USC No. 2 Oklahoma 55-19
2005 No. 2 Texas No. 1 USC 41-38
2006 No. 2 Florida No. 1 Ohio State 41-14
2007 No. 2 LSU No. 1 Ohio State 38-24
2008 No. 2 Florida No. 1 Oklahoma 24-14
2009 No. 1 Alabama No. 2 Texas 37-21
2010 No. 1 Auburn No. 2 Oregon 22-19
2011 No. 2 Alabama No. 1 LSU 21-0
2012 No. 2 Alabama No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14


The typical thing to do when an era ends is to reflect on it, to reminisce and compare it to the present. Florida State and Auburn may be a brand new matchup, but in the past, there's a few games that compare to it. 

The first that comes to mind is in fact last year's Notre Dame versus Alabama game. Notre Dame made it to the championship game despite many close calls, similar to Auburn this year. The Fighting Irish had five victories of seven points or less, the same number the Tigers have this year. 

Florida State and Alabama are both built in the same model, though the Seminoles enter the game undefeated and No. 1, two characteristics that the Tide did not posses. Alabama was favored by 9.5 over Notre Dame, according to, while FSU is favored by 8.5 over Auburn, according to 

For the Auburn faithful, this game might resemble the 2006 game, when undefeated Ohio State took on one-loss Florida, who were seven point underdogs. 

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The Buckeyes had one of the nation's most potent offenses, lead by Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, and remained as the top-ranked team for the entirety of the season. They were considered a powerhouse, beating No. 2 Texasthe defending national championsNo. 24 Penn State , No. 13 Iowa and then No. 2 Michigan in the season finale.

Florida, on the other hand, defeated No. 13 Tennessee, No. 9 LSU and No. 25 Georgia while losing to No. 11 Auburn and barely getting past South Carolina, winning when Jarvis Moss blocked a last-second Gamecocks field goal. 

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When it came time to play, Ohio State scored on the opening kickoff and then failed to score again until the second quarter, the Buckeyes' last touchdown of the game. The Gators would win 41-14 and begin the SEC's current streak of national titles. 

It was the third time that the No. 2 team won the national championship; the No. 2-ranked team is 8-7 in the title game. 

Florida State will try to make that 8-8, while Auburn will try to continue the SEC's dominance. They'll carve their own part of history while contributing to what has already happened. 

Let the games begin. 

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