Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
When: Jan. 6, 8:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
As you've no doubt heard before, the key to this game will be Florida State's ability to stop the run. Auburn has proven to be no fluke on the ground, beating Alabama before gashing Mizzou in the SEC Championship Game.
The Seminoles, though, are well-equipped to stop a spread offense. A team like Stanford might have had more success overpowering this defense, which is fast and disciplined enough to keep up with the likes of Tre Mason. If Auburn wants to win, Nick Marshall will have to make some big-time throws.
On the other side of the ball, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson will have his hands full with Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston and the best array of skill players in America. Even in victory this year, the Tigers have struggled to stop lesser offenses than FSU. How will they try to keep up?
"The positive thing for my standpoint is our players are really excited about practicing," said head coach Gus Malzahn, according to Joel A. Erickson of AL.com. "They're buying in to everything the coaches are asking them to do as far as getting themselves in playing shape and the plan as far as that goes, so like I said I feel good about where we're at."
This won't be a blowout like Alabama vs. Notre Dame. Auburn is too good and too well-coached to let that happen, and it knows how to stick around in games. Billed a "team of destiny," Malzahn's boys will have a chance to win at the end of the game.
But this time, the luck will run out.
Final Score: Florida State 34, Auburn 28