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BCS Championship Primer

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The 2014 BCS Championship game is all set from Pasadena, California with an ACC/SEC matchup. Following Ohio State's defeat to Michigan State in the Big 10 title game, that opened the door for SEC champion Auburn to make its second BCS title game appearance in four years. Auburn will face top-ranked Florida State, as the Seminoles cruised past Duke to capture the ACC championship. The Seminoles opened up as 7 ½-point favorites at the LVH with a total of 64.

Florida State is making its first BCS title game appearance since losing to Oklahoma in 2000, while participating in its fourth BCS Championship since its inception in 1998. The Seminoles enter Pasadena looking for their third-ever championship (1993 and 1999), as FSU finished the 1999 campaign undefeated. Jimbo Fisher's team compiled a 13-0 SU and 11-2 ATS record this season, as their two non-covers came as a favorite of over 24 points in wins against Boston College and North Carolina State.

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Auburn made a tremendous turnaround after failing to win an SEC game last season, as the Tigers put together a 12-1 SU and 11-2 ATS mark in 2013, including 10 consecutive covers. Gus Malzahn has done wonders in his first season as head coach at Auburn, leading the Tigers' offense to 34 points or more in each of the last eight games. The offensive explosion has resulting in 'overs' in seven of the past eight contests, including the easy 'over' in the SEC Championship victory over Missouri.

Since 2007, Florida State has gone 5-5 SU and 5-4-1 ATS against SEC opponents, including a 37-7 rout of Florida this season. In this same stretch, Auburn has compiled a 3-2 SU and 2-3 ATS record against ACC foes, as four of those contests came against Clemson. Auburn leads the all-time series, 13-4-1, but the Seminoles and Tigers haven't faced off since 1990.

Florida State is riding a five-game bowl winning streak, including last season's pounding of Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl. The Noles have covered the number in each of the last five bowls, while last facing an SEC squad in the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl in a 26-17 triumph over South Carolina. Auburn has also won five consecutive bowls, but didn't qualify for a bowl last season. The Tigers have won each of their last three bowl games against ACC opponents, while playing in its third BCS game in school history (2-0 with wins over Oregon in 2010 and Virginia Tech in 2004).

Other BCS games:

-- Rose Bowl, Michigan State vs. Stanford (January 1)
-- Fiesta Bowl, Baylor vs. Central Florida (January 1)
-- Sugar Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Alabama (January 2)
-- Orange Bowl, Ohio State vs. Clemson (January 3)

BCS Championship History
Year Location Matchup Line Score ATS Result
2013 Miami, Florida Alabama vs. Notre Dame Alabama -9.5 (40.5) Alabama 42 Notre Dame 14 Favorite-Over
2012 New Orleans, Louisiana Alabama vs. LSU Alabama -2.5 (41) Alabama 21 LSU 0 Favorite-Under
2011 Glendale, Arizona Auburn vs. Oregon Oregon -1 (73) Auburn 22 Oregon 19 Underdog-Under
2010 Pasadena, California Alabama vs. Texas Alabama -3.5 (44.5) Alabama 37 Texas 21 Favorite-Over
2009 Miami, Florida Florida vs. Oklahoma Florida -5.5 (69) Florida 24 Oklahoma 14 Favorite-Under
2008 New Orleans, Louisiana LSU vs. Ohio State LSU -4 (46) LSU 38 Ohio State 24 Favorite-Over
2007 Glendale, Arizona Florida vs. Ohio State Ohio State -7 (47) Florida 41 Ohio State 14 Underdog-Over
2006 Pasadena, California Texas vs. USC USC -7 (69) Texas 41 USC 38 Underdog-Over
2005 Miami, Florida Oklahoma vs. USC USC -3 (54) USC 55 Oklahoma 19 Favorite-Over
2004 New Orleans, Louisiana LSU vs. Oklahoma Oklahoma -6 (47) LSU 21 Oklahoma 14 Underdog-Under
2003 Tempe, Arizona Miami, Fl. vs. Ohio State Miami, Fl. -12 (48) Ohio State 31 Miami, Fl. 24 (2OT) Underdog-Over
2002 Pasadena, California Miami, Fl. vs. Nebraska Miami, Fl. -8.5 (54) Miami, Fl. 37 Nebraska 14 Favorite-Under
2001 Miami, Florida Florida State vs. Oklahoma Florida State -11.5 (56) Oklahoma 13 Florida State 2 Underdog-Under
2000 New Orleans, Louisiana Florida State vs. Virginia Tech Florida State -6 (49) Florida State 46 Virginia Tech 29 Favorite-Over
1999 Tempe, Arizona Florida State vs. Tennessee Florida State -5.5 (41.5) Tennessee 23 Florida State 16 Underdog-Under

  
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