The great Darrell Royal once said, “Football doesn’t build character. It eliminates the weak ones.” On Monday, we not only will witness the last non-playoff BCS Championship, we will watch two teams that have demonstrated great character over the course of a strong Division One football season: the Florida State Seminoles and the Auburn Tigers. This article will survey Florida State, breakdown Auburn and then offer a prediction on the next college football champion.
The 2013-2014 Florida State Seminoles are a strong team. Undefeated during the regular season, there is no doubt that Jimbo Fisher brings a talented team into the Rose Bowl Stadium. With Heisman-winning quarterback Jamies Winston and a hard-hitting defense, Florida State has won all of it games by double digits, including a blowout win against Clemson. One question mark is, “Can they play in close games”? They have not been tested yet in 2013-2014.
Like FSU, the Auburn Tigers are a formidable unit. Going 7-1 in the SEC and 12-1 overall, the Tigers have been tested and come up bigger than any team in Division One this year. However, it took the “Miracle at Jordan-Hare” to beat Georgia and a last-second FG return for a touchdown to beat Alabama in the Iron Bowl. The pundits can argue those outcomes both ways. Auburn is lucky to be in the game. Auburn knows how to win a big game.
Myespnforkids.com predicts that in this season-ending pinnacle of college football, Auburn will prevail. One, Auburn will get ahead, causing Winston and Jimbo Fisher, a largely unchallenged pair on the national stage, to panic. Two, Jameis Winston will struggle against the iron-solid Auburn defense, adding fuel to the furnace. Three, the game FSU struggled in, against BC, had Andre Williams. He is arguably the best running back in the country. Tre Mason will give the ‘Noles problems and increase the chance of an upset.
Of course, as the great Darrell Royal said, “Breaks balance out. The sun don’t shine on the same dog’s rear end every day.” It could be that Auburn’s luck has run out. However, we think Auburn will shake off the consensus view that they have no place in this game, finding a way to win in one of football’s true cathedrals.