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2014 BCS National Championship Game Preview

For the fifth consecutive year the state of Alabama will be represented in the BCS National Championship, but Orange and Navy is the new Crimson and White. After what was arguably one of the greatest moments in college football history, Auburn will head back to their second National Championship in four years. The Tigers will be up against the hottest team in College Football, the Florida State Seminoles. Florida State has not been back to the National Championship in over ten years and remains the only ACC team to have won in the BCS’s 15 year history. Ironically the Seminoles played in the first ever BCS Championship Game in 1998 so it’s only fitting that the team see’s the Bowl Championship Series’ final game.

On paper both teams look fairly comparable. Both Florida State and Auburn have an explosive play maker under center in Jameis Winston and Nick Marshall respectively. While Auburn’s rushing combo includes Marshall and Tre Mason, Florida State counts on their two headed backfield in Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams. Where the two teams differ offensively is game plans. The Seminoles love their combo at wide outs in Rashad Greene and Kelvin Benjamin both of whom will finish the 2013-2014 season with 1,000+ receiving yards. While it would appear that Florida State is an air attack offense with almost 1,500 more yards through the air , their touchdown production is split right down the middle with 40 passing TD’s and 41 rushing TD’s. Auburn on the other hand is a clear cut ground and pound offense. With Mason and Marshall both well over 1,000 yards rushing, the #1 defense in the FBS for points allowed has one task come January 6 and that’s stop the run, something they have failed to do effectively all year.

The key to keeping the National Championship Trophy in the state of Alabama is run, run, run. Coming into the game as the #1 rushing offense in the FBS the Tigers will create huge opportunities if they can maintain this kind of production. Long drives sustained by the Tigers run game means Jameis Winston stays on the sideline and the clock continues to run. Florida State’s advantage will increase every snap Winston takes on the field. With their big play ability through the air and Auburns 260 passing yards allowed per game Jameis Winston and Kelvin Benjamin only spell disaster for the Tigers secondary.

The 2014 BCS National Championship at Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California will likely come down to a defensive battle as to which team can stop the big plays from happening, but with Heisman candidates in the huddle on both sides of the ball it’ll will prove to be a task easier said than done.

2013 BCS National Championship Game Preview:
The 2013 BCS Championship Game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami matched up the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game for the ages turned into a one-sided affair as Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide rolled over the Irish by a score of 42 to 14. Bama’s victory earned the school its 3rd championship in a four-year span. Eddie Lacy was named the offensive MVP and CJ Mosley earned defensive MVP honors.

2012 BCS National Championship Game Preview:
The SEC conference is set to claim its 6th straight National Championship in College Football, as the Alabama Crimson Tide and LSU Tigers are set to play for the title. Alabama & LSU is a rematch of the defensive battle these two schools waged in the regular-season; a game the Tigers won 9-6 in overtime. The big questions are whether LSU can defeat Alabama twice in one season and whether either team will score a touchdown in the Championship Game. Crimson Tide Head Coach Nick Saban is playing for his 3rd championship ring, while Tigers head man, Les Miles, is trying to win his second ring with LSU. These two great fan bases should have an amazing time in the Big Easy, as this Championship will be decided steps from Bourbon Street in the New Orleans Superdome.

2011 BCS National Championship Game Preview:
While we believe this year’s BCS National Championship Game is going to be great for everyone, we’re inclined to think it will be a game especially loved by the offensively-minded. The Auburn Tigers and Oregon Ducks, behind quarterbacks Cam Newton and Darron Thomas, don’t hold back when it comes to putting scores up on the board. Considering both these teams are playing in their first BCS Championship game, we have a feeling this won’t be where they begin.

Against a tough Pac-10 schedule, the Ducks put up the most prolific scoring team in the nation, along with the fourth-best rushing total. Heisman candidate LaMichael James has rushed for 1,682 yards and 21 touchdowns, and Thomas tossed for over 2,500 yards and 28 touchdowns in only his sophomore year. Against the three ranked teams they faced this year, the Ducks offense outscored them by a margin of 153-92. It’s going to be this kind of effort needed to beat Auburn, led by one of the most electrifying players in recent memory.

Cam Newton is past the controversy and has one thing on his mind—beating Oregon for Auburns first national title since 1957. The junior will be able to do it on the ground or in the air, since he’s the first player since Tim Tebow to both throw and run for 20 or more touchdowns in the same season.While the Tigers have kept their games closer than the Ducks have, they’ve always willed their way to a win, and never was that more true than their 28-27 comeback win over Alabama.

If the Ducks want to win the title, they’re going to have to be relentless on the scoreboard, which means this should be a game that will come down to the last quarter and remembered for a long time.

2010 BCS National Championship Game Preview:
The 2010 BCS Championship Game will surely be one for the ages. The National Championship Game will matchup two of the most storied programs in college football - the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns. The Tide are winners of the SEC and come into the game led by running back Mark Ingram and quarterback Greg McElroy. Alabama's head coach Nick Saban returns to the National Championship Game, where he won a title with the LSU Tigers in 2004.

The Texas Longhorns are led by quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Jordan Shipley and a very talented defense. Head Coach Mack Brown has won a BCS national title at the Rose Bowl already, so he will be looking to add another crystal football to his collection. The 2010 BCS Championship game will likely be a defensive struggle, because while both teams have talented offenses, their defensive teams are outstanding. Alabama versus the Longhorns in the Rose Bowl - it's hard to imagine a much more historic matchup for a college football bowl game.

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4/21/2014 1:29:59 AM on TCWEB1