SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Auburn senior linebacker Josh Bynes wonders if the two defenses should even show up Monday night after hearing all the predictions of a wild shootout in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
He reminded everybody that he heard similar rumblings prior to the SEC championship game.
The final in that game: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17.
“We knew for a fact it wasn’t going to be a 50-48 game or 99-98 game like everybody else was saying, just like they’re saying about this game, that there’s going to be fireworks and everything else,” Bynes said. “We really won’t know until we step between those white lines, and that’s going to make the difference.
“Regardless of what the media say, friends say, girlfriends, boyfriends, everybody out in the world …,” said Bynes, who was interrupted by several chuckles at his boyfriends reference.
“Women watch the game, too,” he said, smiling.
He then finished his point.
“Regardless of what everybody is saying, it’s all going to be said and done between the white lines,” Bynes said.
And while a lot of people point to Auburn’s rather mundane defensive numbers nationally, the number Bynes points to is that the Tigers have outscored opponents 128-48 in the fourth quarter and overtime this season.
“We know how to finish as a team,” Bynes said. “Last year, that was our problem. In games such as Georgia, Alabama, Kentucky, games we lost because we didn’t finish … that could have possibly been a national championship season last year if you think about those games we didn’t finish.
“That’s what this team is about. We’re all about finishing, and that’s why we’re here now.”