Auburn To Face FSU In BCS National Title Game

Auburn will face Florida State in the Vizio BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Cal. on Jan. 6.

Auburn, Ala.--Following a steady climb up the BCS standings since starting out at 11th in the first release in October, it's now official as the 12-1 Auburn Tigers will face 13-0 Florida State in the Vizio BCS National Championship Game on Jan. 6 in Pasadena, Cal. following a decisive 59-47 win over Missouri Saturday in Atlanta.

Auburn finished with a rating of .9638, just behind Florida State's .9957. Alabama is a distant third at .9061. The Tigers were second in the computers and number two in both the AP and USA Today coaches poll as well.

"The people that watched the games all play out yesterday felt it was going to be Florida State and Auburn," ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit said. "Then we all started to work out way through the rest of the games. For Auburn it's well-earned. Over the last two weeks they've had some ups and downs, but found ways to win football games. They put themselves in a position in the Iron Bowl to obviously have that miraculous win. Then they had that defiant moment against Missouri."

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Gus Malzahn, who was the offensive coordinator for Auburn in the 2010 championship season that ended with a victory over Oregon in Arizona, the Tigers are shooting for their second championship in the last four years. For Florida State it will be the first time playing for the title since winning it all in 1999.

Regular foes during the 1980's when the Tigers dominated the rivalry, Auburn and Florida State have not met since 1990, a 20-17 victory for the Tigers. Overall Auburn leads the series 13-4-1.

Piling up a record 545 rushing yards with Tre Mason running through, over and around Missouri's defense for 304 yards and four touchdowns on 46 carries, Auburn will enter the national title tilt leading the nation in rushing at 335.7 yards per game and averaging 40.2 points per game this season.

On the flip side Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is completing 67.7 percent of his passes with 38 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and has thrown for 3,820 yards this year for a Seminoles group that is on pace for one of the top offensive seasons in history. Averaging 53 points per game and allowing just 10.7, Coach Jimbo Fisher's team has won every game by at least 14 points this season.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 central time.

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