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This One is for All the Marbles

Posted on 01. Jan, 2014 by in NCAA

The BCS title game is something that can quicken the pulse of even the most relaxed college football fans. If you have any personal connection to one of the participating teams, there is nothing like standing up and cheering for your boys as they run onto the field. The matchup this year features two programs who have taken two completely different paths to the title game in Florida State and Auburn. While Florida State is the favorite to win by about a touchdown, few would be surprised if Auburn pulled off the upset and won their second title in four years.

Auburn has taken a very strange path in their quest to come out on top of the college football world. While the Tigers went undefeated to win their title in 2010, they fell about as far as they possibly could just two years later, going winless in SEC play last year. Such a performance cost coach Gene Chizik his job, and his replacement, Gus Malzahn, has gotten them back to the summit far quicker than most people expected, as he became the second coach to lead his team to the BCS title game in his first year at the helm. Auburn faced many dramatic games during the course of the season, including a thrilling and improbable win over their arch rivals, Alabama.

Florida State is less of a surprise, as they’ve been trending upward every year since coach Jimbo Fisher took over in 2010. Led by Heisman winning quarterback Jameis Winston, who became just the second freshman to win college football’s most prestigious award, the Seminoles boasted a ridiculously good offense that ended most games before halftime. Lost in the noise made by their offense is the fact that their defense was almost as good as well.

2014 marks the last year college football will have a single game to decide the national championship, as next year there will be a four-team playoff to determine the best team in the land. While the system has received much criticism over the years, college football fans could not ask for a better way to send it off.

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