How Auburn matches up with FSU
December, 8, 2013
By Travis Haney | ESPN.com
Getty ImagesAre Lamarcus Joyner and FSU's defense capable of shutting down Tre Mason and Auburn's offense?The best team all season will meet the hottest team in the BCS National Championship.
It feels right, doesn’t it? There will again be a dearth of controversy, as there often is when all the BCS dust settles. There might be heartache and heartburn along the way, but the right teams usually wind up playing.
The championship weekend Takeaways begin there, with a look at what to expect and who should be favored when Auburn and FSU play in January in Pasadena. (No, the matchup isn't official yet, but you can count on it.) Other Takeaway thoughts include taking a moment to appreciate the BCS era, a look at the team that could be Auburn or Mizzou next season, mulling the week ahead for Texas and more.
1. Auburn-FSU is the 'total' package
You have seen FSU’s offensive dominance all season, including Saturday night's ACC championship game, in which Duke “pushed” the Seminoles in a 45-7 loss. Auburn just scored a combined 93 points and gained 841 rushing yards against then-No. 1 Alabama in the Iron Bowl last weekend and then-No. 5 Missouri in Saturday's SEC title game, teams with two of the better defenses in the conference all season.
Most Vegas books will have the line somewhere in the neighborhood of a touchdown in favor of Florida State. That makes sense to coax some action on the Tigers and because FSU has won its games by an average of 40 points.
The total, though, is what will intrigue me most because it indicates what sort of game is expected. Early word I received is that it will be somewhere between 60 and 65 points.