Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was in his second year leading a high school program when he watched Florida State’s Bobby Bowden turn up the tempo with a quarterback who was on his way to the Heisman Trophy.
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Nick Marshall ran for a touchdown and threw scoring passes to Tre Mason and Melvin Ray in the first half, and No. 2 Auburn led No. 1 Florida State 21-13 after three quarters Monday night in the final BCS Championship Game.
Team Destiny vs. Team Domination.
Are the two best teams in the country right now scheduled to collide in Pasadena, California? It would be difficult to prove otherwise.
With the shocking loss of Alabama to Auburn, questions again arise regarding the optimization of the BCS system. One of the primary issues up for debate: should a team with one loss be eligible for the title game?
If Ohio State gets by the defensive juggernaut of Michigan State in Indianapolis, the Buckeyes absolutely deserve to head to the final BCS Championship Game of the BCS era regardless of what happens at the SEC Championship in Atlanta.
On Saturday November 30, 2013 the best finish I have ever seen in a football game happened when Auburn CB Chris Davis returned Alabama’s freshman kicker Adam Griffith’s failed 57-yard FG 100 plus yards as time expired to win the ‘Iron Bowl’.
It is fitting that the Iron Bowl finally gets to play this kind of role in the SEC, and it is a shock it has not happened like this before. Since the addition of a conference championship game in the SEC in 1992, Alabama and Auburn have never been quite this good in the same season.
Auburn has hired former Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler to try to revive an offense that sputtered after winning a national championship.