With the BCS National Championship recently concluding, college football fans all around the world have to wait until August to see their favorite teams play again.
The National Championship game was held January 6 between the highest ranked Florida State Seminoles (13-0 in regular season) and the second ranked Auburn Tigers (12-1 in regular season). The two teams competed in Pasadena, California, and the Seminoles came out on top in the final seconds over the Tigers with a final score of 34-31. The Seminoles were led by Heisman trophy winner and MVP of the game, Jameis Winston.
The Auburn Tigers started off the season with very little chance of making it to the National Championship game. In 2012 under head coach Gene Chizik, the Tigers went a lousy 3-9, including major losses against rivals such as the Georgia Bulldogs, the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers. After the 2012 season, the football team underwent a critical evaluation and replaced nearly their entire coaching staff. Head Coach Gus Malzahn was their offensive coordinator when they won the BCS Championship in 2010 with current NFL star Cam Newton. After the 2010 season, he left, but was re-hired as the head coach to start the 2013 season.
The Tigers started off the 2013 season unranked but steadily rose into the top 25, ultimately reaching the top 10. They had major victories and were considered by many to be the “Team of Destiny” after their miraculous victories against the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide.
The Florida State Seminoles also had a unique experience in the 2013 season. Under the leadership of Head Coach Jimbo Fisher, the Seminoles cruised to a 13-0 regular season and were crowned the ACC and BCS champion. The Seminoles were led by star freshman Jameis Winston, who met much controversy throughout the year when he investigated for sexual assault.
The investigation was later thrown out, but it brought much attention to him. Winston won the Heisman trophy in December, which is the award for the best football player in college. It was only the second time that the award has gone to a freshman.
Unlike the Tigers, the Seminoles started off 2013 season highly regarded and even ranked a preseason #11 in the AP Top 25 Poll.
In the championship game, the Tigers started off very strong going out to a 21-3 lead early in the second quarter. Many fans and writers dismissed the Seminoles, stating that they were in the weaker “ACC” division, while the Tigers were in the athletically superior “SEC” division.
With the help of a fake punt in the second quarter, the Seminoles picked up some momentum. Then in the middle of the fourth quarter they took the lead with a score of 27-24. The last 4 minutes of the game was utter madness with the score changing twice. With 13 seconds left in the game, quarterback Jameis Winston threw a successful touchdown pass to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and propelled Florida State to their third national championship.
Part of the significance of this game is that it will be the last BCS Championship. A new system, to be implemented next season, will lead to the “College Football Playoffs” which will have four teams play in a playoff to determine the champion of college football. The BCS Championship game has been highly criticized in its’ past because of its’ limited number of teams vying for a title.
“The BCS system was extremely flawed, but it’s hard to come up with something everyone will be okay with. The playoff will be better but within the next two years problems will arise,” comments college football fan Sophomore Josh Nooromid. “I personally was rooting for the Auburn Tigers due to the fact they were a SEC team. I’m disappointed the long SEC Championship streak was broken but most importantly I wish [my favorite team] Georgia went all the way [to the BCS Championship],” said Nooromid.