10 reasons FSU will beat Auburn

January, 6, 2014
Jan 6

No. 2 Auburn will play No. 1 Florida State in the final VIZIO BCS National Championship at the Rose Bowl on Monday night. Here are 10 reasons the Seminoles will win:

10. Strength vs. strength
Auburn has a powerful running game behind a veteran offensive line. Auburn will score points. But the Tigers' defense has been vulnerable (34.3 points per game versus six ranked opponents) against offenses less explosive than Florida State. After that, what is Auburn's best asset: Luck, destiny? In a sport that is analyzed and video-studied to death, give me the team whose foundation of success is built on talent and statistics.

9. Jameis Winston
It's not just the Heisman. Jameis Winston's combination of athletic talent, infectious enthusiasm and leadership has been an integral part of Florida State's success. He embraced pressure from his very first start, a 25-for-27 performance at Pittsburgh on national TV on Labor Day. Winston threw for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns. He had a better completion percentage on third down (.681) than first (.656), and a better percentage on third-and-10-plus (.762) than on either. Not to mention Monday is his 20th birthday. That's right: America's best college football player is no longer a teenager.

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Ivan Maisel | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com



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