BCS Championship 2014: Jameis Winston Will Validate His Heisman Trophy with Play

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2014

NEWPORT BEACH, CA - JANUARY 4:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles wears a birthday hat as he speaks during a Vizio BCS National Championship media day news conference January 4, 2014 in Newport Beach, California. Winston will celebrate his birthday on January 6, the same day as the BCS game.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Florida State Seminoles' 13-0 record, the 3,820 passing yards, 68 percent completion rate and 38 touchdown passes earned Jameis Winston the Heisman Trophy. His performance in the BCS title game will prove beyond a shadow of a doubt how special the young man is.

As talented as the 'Noles are on defense, the Auburn Tigers will move the ball against them. The Tigers top-ranked rushing attack is too good to shut down.

In every other major contest this season, Florida State's defense has thwarted offenses that some thought would give them trouble. Auburn is different. Winston and the 'Noles will have to score points to win this game.

Luckily, that's nothing Florida State has had an issue with this season, and the Tigers' defense is only ranked No. 89 in the nation. The Seminoles are the highest-scoring team in the country at 53 points per game.

The difference between this and the other "big" games" is that Florida State will have to score under pressure. No team has scored more than 34 points or stayed closer than within 14 points in a game against them this season.

The team that stayed within two touchdowns and put up 34 points was the Boston College Eagles. They featured the nation's leading rusher, Andre Williams.

The Eagles' star had 149 yards on the ground against the Seminoles. Overall, Boston College ran for 200 yards in the game—it was the only team to reach that mark against Florida State.

Most would agree Auburn's run game is superior to Boston College—and every other rushing attack in the nation. As Auburn moves the ball and scores points, Winston and the offense will find themselves in their first shootout of the season.

In this pressure-packed situation, Winston will prove just how great he is now, and will ultimately be, once he has moved on the NFL.

Winston's leadership and positive demeanor are just as important as his arm strength and accuracy. Delice Coffey of Sports Psychology For Football says Winston "epitomizes mental toughness."

Winston told CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd this about how his experience in baseball has prepared him for football:

Baseball is the best sport for a quarterback to play. Because baseball is a game of failure. Playing quarterback you don’t want to fail, but you’ve got to have that baseball mentality. Next time, I can do it — the next play.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 07:  Quarterback Jameis Winston #5 of the Florida State Seminoles celebrates on stage after defeating the Duke Blue Devils 45-7 in the ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Charlotte, North Caroli
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Winston has had amazing focus the entire season. He never allowed off-the-field issues to distract him or negatively impact his play. On Monday, he will stare down the Tigers' unstoppable run game and more than match their production.

 

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