The final game of the BCS era is shaping up to be one of its best.
Florida State and Auburn have defined the 2013 college football season, so it's only fitting for them to be the ones who cap it off. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston will lead his Seminoles (13-0) against Home Depot Coach of the Year winner Gus Malzahn and his Tigers (12-1) at the Rose Bowl stadium on Jan. 6.
Auburn will be looking for its second title in four years, while the Seminoles are in the title tilt for the first time since 2001 and seek their first championship since 2000.
In a sport that's obsessed with continuity, it's odd that Winston and Malzahn—the respective faces of each team—weren't even active members of their rosters last season. Winston took a redshirt behind EJ Manuel, a future first-round NFL draft pick, while Malzahn was the head coach at Arkansas State.
Soon enough, though, one will capture a BCS national championship in his first true season at his position. With a little help from B/R's lead writers, here is everything you need to know before kickoff in Pasadena.