PASADENA, Calif. – We are live from the Rose Bowl for the 2014 BCS National Championship game between No. 2 Auburn (12-1, 7-1 SEC) and No. 1 Florida State (13-0, 8-0 ACC). The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. CT on ESPN with Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit on the call.
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Pregame observations and lineup changes:
- Auburn has posted the biggest turnaround in the country this season and in all of SEC history. A win will give the Tigers the greatest turnaround in college football history.
- This is Auburn’s second trip to the BCS title game, having won in 2010. The Tigers are 2-0 in BCS bowls.
- Florida State is playing in its fourth BCS title game, with a 1-2 record in previous trips. FSU is 2-5 all-time in BCS bowls.
- Auburn holds a 13-4-1 edge in the series all-time, though the teams have not met since the 1998 Sugar Bowl.
- Auburn has the No. 1 rush offense in the country (335.7 yards) and Florida State has the No. 13 rush defense (116.5). FSU has faced more bottom-25 rush offenses than top-25 rushing offenses and the one it has faced, Boston College, ran for 200 yards.
- Florida State has the No. 14 passing offense in the country led by Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. He leads the nation in pass efficiency and has 3,820 yards with 38 TDs.
- Ten Heisman winners have played for the BCS National Championship and have gone 3-6. The last Heisman winner to win the BCS National Championship game was Cam Newton.
- The Tigers have won 88 straight games when scoring 30 or more points and have scored 30-plus in eight straight games.
- Tre Mason leads the SEC with 1,621 rushing yards and 22 rushing touchdowns. He is chasing Bo Jackson’s program-record of 1,786 yards and Tim Tebow’s SEC record of 23 rushing scores in a season.
- An Auburn win will give the SEC eight straight BCS titles.
- Florida State needs 28 points to break the all-time record for points in a season.
- The Tigers are 22-13-2 in bowl games. The Seminoles are 26-14-2 in bowl games.
- Auburn is 6-0 in games decided by eight points or less this season.
- Auburn is 11-8-2 all-time in January. Florida State is 16-9 in January.
- Auburn is 122-78-9 against current ACC schools. Florida State is 67-68-5 against current SEC schools.
- Auburn is 100-141-6 all-time against ranked teams.
- Auburn is 4-8 all-time against No. 1-ranked teams after defeating Alabama 34-28 in the Iron Bowl. No team has ever beaten two No. 1 teams in the same season.
- Florida State is 4-9-1 all-time against the No. 2-ranked team in the country.
- The No. 2 team holds an 8-7 edge over the No. 1 team in BCS title games.
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— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) January 6, 2014