I really didn’t think that I would have to actually put together a post about this, but SOMETHING REALLY HAS TO STOP! Man, a team wins 11 out of 12 games in the regular season and they are doing something right. Don’t get me wrong, but what was your record last year? 3-8? Please, stop it. Let your skills speak for themselves on January 6, 2014, during the BCS National Title Game. Okay, what I will attempt to do in this post is do everything in my power NOT to take sides, but as you can see in the introduction, this will be a hard task for me to accomplish.
“We have faced some dynamic quarterbacks,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday, December 18, 2013. “They are a little bit different but have won a lot of games. I hope that will help us. Obviously, we are playing the Heisman Trophy winner, the best player in college football, so we have our work cut out for us.” Of course, it seems the Tigers have had their work cut out for them all season—first in September, when they were pitted against Zach Mettenberger and LSU in Baton Rouge. It was more of the same when Auburn traveled to College Station to face Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M Aggies as said by Justin Lee who is in his fourth year on the Auburn athletics beat, after previous stints writing for The War Eagle Reader and The Corner News. This fall, he is also interning with the Opelika-Auburn News. He has done freelance work for a number of publications including the Associated Press, the Tuscaloosa News and The Advocate in Baton Rouge.
Okay, on this issue: Yes, Auburn have faced some dynamic quarterbacks this year, but let’s look at the last 3 Games that the Auburn Tigers have played this year.
- November 16, 2013: The Georgia Bulldogs vs. The Auburn Tigers, playing @ Jordan-Hare Stadium. During the 1st Half Auburn had the game won pretty much going into half time with a 27 – 10 lead. Coming out for the Second Half, the Georgia Bulldogs “woke” up and started playing some damn football. Going on a 21 – 0 scoring run in the 4th quarter. If Georgia’s Defense, from what I could see, Single-High Safety and Defensive back were not playing out of position, then they would have lost that game. Nick Marshall would have over thrown his wide receiver, but with Georgia Safety and Defensive Back playing right next to each other and not bracketing the Wide Receiver or even thinking about playing a Single-High Safety with a Quarterback with the Arm of Nick Marshall, then we would not even be talking about this, but since the good Lord sends downs blessings to the less fortunate; they allowed that dog-gone Wide Receiver to be in the right position at the right time, as soon as that dog-gone Safety & Defensive Back tipped that ball, the Auburn receiver reacted to the ball caught it and scored. I couldn’t believe it. I had to rewatch that play over and over again to make sure that it was real. Keep in mind that going into this game, The Georgia Bulldogs were ranked #2 and The Tigers were #23.
- November 23, 2013: Bye Week in preparation for The Alabama Crimson Tide.
- November 30, 2013: The Alabama Crimson Tide vs. The Auburn Tigers, playing @ Jordan-Hare Stadium. Going into this game Auburn had been bumped up to the #4 spot in the BCS rankings with Alabama still holding on to the #1 spot. Auburn got on the board 1st during the 1st Quarter, but Alabama finally got it together and scored 21 straight points over the Tigers going into halftime with a 21-14 lead. Coming out with the control of the ball at halftime, they scored the only points in the 3rd Quarter. Going into the 4th Quarter the score was tied at 21. Alabama scored early in the 4th to take the lead back. Auburn did what they do well and ran a perfect Triple Option Offense led by Quarterback Nick Marshall and tied the game at 28. Alabama ran a lot of time off the clock, with the intentions of kicking a field goal to try and win the game, but couldn’t get in position. With the kicking game of Alabama being shotty, Coach Nick Saban, considered kicking the ball, but called a timeout with 8 seconds left on the clock. Alabama Runningback T.J. Yeldon was given the ball to what I thought was to let the clock run out, but as he stepped out of bounds, the referees put 1 second on the clock. Instead of giving the ball to T.J. Yeldon or Kenyan Drake, Coach Nick Saban put the game in the hands of a Freshman kicker. Knowing this, one of the Auburn Tiger Assistant coaches put one of their best kick returners in the endzone in case the ball fell short. Guess what? The Alabama Freshman Kicker had the accuracy, just not the strength in his leg and it fell short, right into the hand of the Auburn player, who then brought it out of the endzone. There was no possible way for the Crimson Tide to stop him, because they just didn’t have the speed on the field to stop him and the rest is history. The clinch the SEC West Division Title and a spot to play the Missouri Tigers in the SEC Championship Game.
- December 7, 2013: The Auburn Tigers vs. The Missouri Tigers in the Southeastern Conference Championship Game, played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. The Missouri Tigers couldn’t stop Runningback Tre Mason and Nick Marshall in that damn Triple Option Offense, but somehow went into halftime with the lead 17-14. I have no clue why the Missouri Tiger coaching staff didn’t make any adjustments and continue to play a 4-3 Defense to stop the Auburn Offense. The Auburn Tigers kept giving the ball to Tre Mason who ended the game with an Auburn and career record 304 rushing yards and 4 Touchdowns; and again the rest is history.
- The Ohio State Buckeyes end up losing their title game to the Michigan State Spartans and give up the #2 spot to Auburn who will earn a chance to play in the BCS National Title Game.
Okay, here is my Final BCS National Championship Game Prediction: Auburn’s High Optempo, “Triple Option” Offense vs. Florida State University Multi-dimensional Offense, FSU’s Defense vs. The Auburn Tiger Defense, Both teams have a Special Teams that has the ability to change the tempo of the game, but can the Heisman Trophy winner Quarterback Jamies Winston make break the Heisman Curse to win it for the FSU Seminoles?
Since 2000, only 6 Heisman Trophy winners have gone on to win their following bowl game. (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton, Robert Griffin III & Johnny Manziel.) Matt Leinart’s win at the 2005 Orange Bowl was later revoked and removed from records due to multiple rule violations by the University of Southern California (USC). The trend of post-award failure has garnered the attention of the mainstream media. Additionally, the Heisman Curse asserts that in most cases a Heisman winner will have either a poor career in the National Football League (NFL) or in fact not even see such a football career at all.
Every time an analyst talks about a National Title game whether it being at the College Level or in the National Football League (NFL) they always talk about there being an X-Factor. Well I’m not using the X-Factor, since I am analyzing this year’s National Title Game, I’m going to use the “G-Factor!” The G-Factor for the Final BCS National Title Game:
- Gus Malzahn and the Offensive Coordinator for The Auburn Tigers are going to have to find a way score first and keep the momentum; keep the FSU Seminoles Defense guessing; use Nick Marshall’s strong arm and throw the ball down field for big gains; Yes, the Triple Option Offense is a hard offense to defend, but they are going to stop the run, so depending on your Running-backs and Nick Marshall’s legs cannot be your only option.
- FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have to continue to have their Offensive Line protect Quarterback Jamies Winston so he is able to throw the ball to the taller Wide Receivers; you will have an advantage at the Wide Receiver position because on paper, they are taller than the Auburn Defensive Backs; the FSU Defense has not seen an Offense like Auburn is going to run, just trust that your front 4 and Linebackers are going to stop the run, if not at the line of scrimmage, but at the second level. If the Auburn running backs get past your second level, your Safeties and Defensive Backs are going to have to be quick enough to recognize the run and be that last line of defense and stop the Auburn running attack. Your defense is going to have to play their positions, don’t get caught slipping.
With all the factors in play, I think that Auburn is not going to be able to stop Quarterback Jameis Winston. They are going to take and keep the momentum in the 1st half, Auburn will get the running game going, but it will not be enough to stop the passing attack of the Seminoles. This will be a high scoring game, due to the high optempo of both offenses. My score prediction for the National Title game: Florida State Seminoles 45, Auburn Tigers 38.
Keep this in mind that this is just MY assessment. I don’t want the Auburn fans out there to think that I am hating because I am a die hard Alabama fan, this is based off of watching the highlights of both teams this year.
**Don’t get it twisted, I still think that my damn Alabama Crimson Tide should be playing in the National Title game and it’s still and will always be #ROLLDAMNTIDE!**