The BCS title game has finally arrived on Jan. 6. After weeks of waiting, the Florida State Seminoles and Auburn Tigers are ready to actually take the field. If the BCS championship goes like most games for the Seminoles, it will be over by halftime -- whereas it will likely go down to a wacky finish if the Tigers have their way.
The Seminoles and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston have been the most dominant figures of the year, while the Tigers and first-year coach Gus Malzahn have been the most blessed. Auburn had some of the most heralded photo finishes of all time just to get here, while Florida State has never really been challenged in the fourth quarter.
If the BCS title comes down to the fourth quarter, the presumption is that the Tigers have more experience in nail biters to win. Of course, the Seminoles have been so overwhelming, not even the Tigers may have a improbable trick up their sleeve for them. Then again, the Alabama Crimson Tide were overwhelming, two-time defending national champions before Auburn broke their hearts.
The Tigers have been able to win shootouts, so their offense can keep pace with Winston. Nevertheless, Winston is unlike any individual Auburn has faced this year. The Missouri Tigers scored 42 points on Auburn in the SEC title game and still got blown out, yet Florida State is far more likely to win if it gets that much.
The Tigers are technically more experienced, as their seniors won the BCS championship four years ago, while this is the Seminoles' first shot in over a decade -- and their first ever shot without Bobby Bowden. Of course, this is old hat for the SEC in general, as it can close out the BCS by winning it's last eight championships. In fact, the national title trophy hasn't even left the state of Alabama since 2009.
Florida State and Auburn took widely different paths to play for the national title. Which path works better than the other -- the path more battle tested or the one where battles aren't even necessary? The answer will show itself in Pasadena, starting at 8:30 p.m. est on ESPN.