BCS Breakdown for the National Championship
Auburn Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles

BCS National Championship Bound Auburn Tigers vs. Florida State Seminoles Introduction:

 

Auburn's "It is a New Day" slogan originating from Coach Malzahn's first season is now an understatement.  Coming off a nine-game winning streak, the Auburn Tigers head out west to the storied Rose Bowl to take on the only undefeated team that is left, the 13-0 Florida State Seminoles on January 6, 2014.  

 

No one has challenged Florida State for close to 60 minutes all season. FSU's offensive players haven't started a single possession this season knowing that if they didn't score, they wouldn't win. With Jamis Winston most likely winning the Heisman Trophy, the pressure will be on FSU and their young stud QB.   Also, what is more amazing is the fact that FSU's defensive players haven't started a one drive this season knowing that if they didn't get a stop, they'd lose.  

 

Now that the season and conference championship games are over, the final strength of schedule rankings are out.  The Auburn Tigers are #1 with the Seminoles ranking #38 in the country.  This is why FSU didn't trail for a single second in the second half all season. This will come back and haunt them.  They haven't trailed at any point in a game since the second quarter against Boston College on Sept. 28.  The ESPN stats they have shown everywhere is that FSU has gone over 571 minutes of football without trailing.  Not a great accomplishment when the competition doesn't even rank in the Top 30!

 

All this simply and clearly shows Florida State has yet to see an opponent that is close to Auburn's speed and diversity on offense.  Will 29 days be enough - only if FSU can emulate the same speed and precision that Auburn creates on Saturday's.  

 

Auburn's 12-1 record and how they got there is much more impressive than Florida States 13-0 record. Auburn went 4-1 against teams in the top 25 of the final BCS final rankings while FSU went 2-0. The Tiger's biggest wins came against the top two defenses in the SEC - #3 Alabama and #7 Missouri over a span of just eight days. Florida State' biggest victories were against an overrated No. 12 Clemson and an undersized No. 24 Duke.

 

Auburn was the only team to beat Missouri at full strength and in regulation. The Tigers did it with ease in the Georgia Dome 59-42 with Missouri's first touchdown being a gift from a blind back judge (incomplete pass). Auburn was the only team to beat Alabama by simply running right at them to tie it up 28-28 and close to 300 yards rushing. There are no "miracles" or "lucky" about Auburn beating Alabama 27-7 over the last two quarters and two minutes.

 

Jimbo Fisher is 44-10 in his first year as head coach of FSU and is undefeated at 3-0 in bowl games. He has done a great job in both recruiting and coaching with records speaking for themselves. With this said, his Nole's are about to face their most challenging test to date in trying to tame the Auburn offense. Come in over-confident and Fisher's defense will be frustrated like so many of Auburn's opponents this year. Frustration clearly leads to breakdowns, chances, and guessing - all formulas for disaster.

 

Fisher understands Auburn football. He spent six years at Auburn as an assistant in the 90's. Fisher also knows the SEC and how powerful the conference is. Everyone seems to associate Alabama has the kingpin of the SEC but Auburn is the only team sitting with three SEC titles in the last 10 years. Tuberville (2004), Chizik (2010), and now Malzahn have won the SEC outright.

 

The press and other outsiders tend to focus on the negatives when they look at the Tigers - just review all the picks against Auburn in the last two games against Alabama and Missouri where over 95% of the picks going against the Tigers. The same is about to happen between now and Jan. 6, 2014 when the two best teams tee it up.

 

Over the coming days, Auburn has plenty of time to hear all the reasons why Florida State is going to win this game. All the more reason to bank on Auburn not just challenging Florida State but beating them. This is a team of destiny and might just go down as the most memorable in college football history. War Eagle.

 

Auburn Tigers Football 2014 Recruiting Class

AU Recruit Name

 Pos

Ht

Wt

 Hometown (Last School)

 Kalvaraz Bessent

  CB

6-0

170

 St. Mary's, Ga. (Camden County)

 Markell Boston

    S

6-2

200

 Sharpsburg, Ga. (East Coweta)

 Myron Burton Jr.

  WR

6-3

200

 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge)

 Xavier Dampeer

  OL

6-2

300

 Mendenhall, MS (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

 Deshaun Davis 

  LB

6-0

225

 Mobile, Ala. (Vigor)

 Raashed Kennion

  DE

6-6

230

 Jacksonville, Fla. (First Coast)

 DaVonte Lambert

  DT

6-4

280

 Keysville, Ga. (Georgia Military College)

 Devaroe Lawrence

  DT

6-3

290

 Greenville, S.C. (Georgia Military College)

 Chris Laye

  TE

6-5

240

 Cumming, Ga. (Lambert)

 Jakell Mitchell

  HB

6-4

215

 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)

 Derrick Moncrief

    S

6-3

225

 Prattville, Ala. (Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)

 Kamryn Pettway

  RB

6-0

220

 Prattville, Ala. (Prattville)

 Stephen Roberts

  FS

6-0

180

 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)

 Nick Ruffin

  CB

6-0

180

 Duluth, Ga. (St. Pius X)

 Dontavius Russell

  DT

6-3

300

 Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

 Braden Smith

  OL

6-6

295

 Olathe, Kan. (Olathe South)  *Bench presses 515, squat 770

 Roc Thomas

  RB

5-11

202

 Anniston, Ala. (Oxford)

 Justin Thornton 

  DE

6-5

230

 Prichard, Ala. (Vigor)

 Stanton Truitt

  WR

5-10

185

 Monroe, Ga. (Monroe Area)

 Sean White 

  QB

6-2

200

 Boca Raton, Fla. (University Nova South)

 Andrew Williams

  DE

6-4

250

 McDonough, Ga. (Eagles Landing Academy)

 Tre' Williams

  LB

6-2

217

 Mobile, Ala. (St. Paul's Episcopal)

 D'haquille Williams

  WR

6-3

205

 LaPlace, La. (JUCO - Mississippi Gulf Coast CC)

 

Auburn Tiger Football News:

Auburn Source Staff, February 5, 2014  

Auburn Source Staff,  January 4, 2014

National Championship Game

Jan. 6, 2014

Auburn Tiger Football 2015 Recruits

National Rank: 8, SEC Rank: 5, Avg Rating 0.9026

 

Auburn Source Staff,  March 16, 2015

Coach Malzahn and staff wrapped up the 2015 recruiting class with a number eight national ranking but fifth in the SEC.  The Auburn coaching staff did a great job in filling the many holes it had to fill.  Carlton Davis, for example, is a tall and fast defensive back that should be able to compete against some of the most talented receivers in the SEC.   They are also excited about Mr. Alabama, Kerryon Johnson - a running back that should be able to come in immediately and contribute.  Only time will tell if this class contributes at the level the coaches expect.  War Eagle!

 

Byron Cowart, Seffner, FL, SDE, 6-4, 250,  Natl ranking: 3, Position Rank 1, State 2,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Jovon Robinson,  Milledgeville, GA,  RB,  5-11, 225,  Natl 1, Pos 1, St 1, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Kerryon Johnson, Madison, AL, ATH, 6-0, 200, Natl 43,  Pos 2,  St 2, Enrolled  6/6/2015


Prince Tega Wanogho Jr., Elmore, AL, SDE, 6-8, 250, Natl 110, Pos 8, St 4, Enrolled 6/12/2015


Jeffery Holland,  Jacksonville, FL, OLB, 6-2, 230, Natl 116, Pos 8, St 18,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Darius Slayton, Norcross, GA, WR, 6-1, 182, Natl 141,  Pos 15, St 16,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Jordan Colbert,  Griffin, GA, S,  6-2, 205,  Natl 168, Pos 9, St 18,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Darrell Williams,  Birmingham, AL, OLB, 6-3, 226, Natl 176,  Pos 12, St 7, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Ryan Davis, Saint Petersburg, FL, WR, 5-10.5 172, Natl 188, Pos 24, St 26,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Richard McBryde, Troy, AL, OLB, 6-2, 210, Natl 192, Pos 13, St 8,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Tyler Carr, Gadsden, AL, OG, 6-5, 311, Natl 222,  Pos 10, St 9, Enrolled  1/14/2015


Jason Smith, Perkinston, MS, ATH, 6-1, 180, Natl 10,  Pos 1,  St 5, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Marquel Harrell, Fairburn, GA, OG, 6-3,295, Natl 230, Pos 13,  St 23, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Kaleb Kim, Hoschton, GA, OC,  6-3, 280, Natl 271, Pos 5, St 27, Enrolled, 6/6/2015


Montavious Atkinson, Fairburn, GA, ILB,  6-1, 200, Natl 273, Pos 10, St 28, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Tim Irvin, Miami, FL, ATH,  5-8.5, 194, Natl 285, Pos 18, St 38, Enrolled 1/22/2015


Javarius Davis, Jacksonville, FL, RB, 5-9.5, 173,  Natl 290 Pos 23 St 40, Enrolled 6/6/2015

 

Carlton Davis, Miami, FL, CB, 6-2, 184 Natl 340 Pos 33 St 50, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Chandler Cox, Apopka, FL, FB, 6-0.5, 222, Natl 333 Pos 2 St 48, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Bailey Sharp, Marietta, GA, OT, 6-5, 280, Natl 335, Pos 35, St 34, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Tyler Queen, Kennesaw, GA, PRO, 6-2, 229 Natl 384 Pos 15 St 38, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Jauntavius Johnson, Lincoln, AL, DT, 6-2.25, 330, Natl 496 Pos 31 St 19, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Maurice Swain, Perkinston, MS, DT, 6-4, 295, Natl 53 Pos 10 St 20, Enrolled 1/14/2015


Jalen Harris, Montgomery, AL, TE, 6-5, 244, Natl 613, Pos 20, St 23,  Enrolled 6/6/2015


Mike Horton, Atlanta, GA, OT, 6-4, 310, Natl 737, Pos 80, St 77, Enrolled, 6/6/2015


Jeremiah Dinson, Hialeah, FL, CB, 6-0, 180, Natl NA,Pos 105, St 168, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Ian Shannon, Marietta, GA, P, 6-4, 190, Natl NA, Pos 4, St 156, Enrolled 6/6/2015


Robert Muschamp, Rome, GA, OLB, 6-2, 225, Natl NA, Pos 98, St 158, Enrolled 7/14/2015

Auburn Football National Recruiting Rankings since 2013

Auburn Source Staff, March 14, 2018

The Auburn Tiger football team has been pretty consistent in recruiting since Coach Gus Malzahn has taken the head coaching position.  2018 has been the only year that the Tigers have not made the top 10 in the national recruiting ranks.   Auburn Nation has been pleased overall with a deep coverage in recruiting that has consistently covered the team needs year in and year out for the most part.  

 

The new sheriff, the Georgia Bulldogs, along with the decade long dominance from Alabama banking 5-star recruits every year, Auburn has competed but certainly not at the levels seen in Tuscaloosa and now in Athens.

 

Year   National rank     SEC rank    Composite score     Fresh EOY Team Rank     Senior EOY Team Rank  
2013        No. 10               No. 6              267.46                   #  2,  12-2 record              #24,   8-5 record
2014        No.   6               No. 4              277.12                   #22,    8-5 record              #10, 10-4 record 
2015        No.   8               No. 5              278.31                    NR,   7-6 record
2016        No.   9               No. 5              275.14                   #24,   8-5 record             
2017        No.   9               No. 4              255.92                   #10, 10-4 record
2018        No. 12               No. 3              264.18

National Championship Game

Jan. 10, 2010

Auburn vs Alabama Iron Bowl 

Nov. 25, 2017,  26-14

Georgia at Auburn Game

Nov. 18, 2017,  40-17

AU Football Full Games:

Auburn vs Alabama Iron Bowl

Nov. 30, 2013,  34-28

Auburn vs Alabama Iron Bowl

Nov. 26, 2010,  28-27

2010 - present

2010 - present