One Last BCS Championship: Auburn vs. Florida State at California's Rose Bowl

The BCS fades into the archives as Auburn and Florida State look to enter eternity, when college football's national championship takes hold of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Monday night.

(Broadcast: 5:30 p.m. PST kick-off on ESPN)

The undefeated Seminoles – out of Tallahassee's Florida State – are led by Heisman Trophy winning quarterback and freshman Jameis Winston, while the Auburn Tigers are looking to extend the SEC's reign of dominance over the nation.

With Winston in – and out of – the pocket, the Noles won by an average score of 53.0-10.7, and the Heisman winner threw for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns. (Source:



First-ranked FSU is 13-0 this season and the Tigers are 12-1, earning their No. 2 U.S. ranking with wins over former No. 1 Alabama and then Missouri. The Tigers have also defeated all-country quarterbacks like Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Alabama's A.J. McCarron.

The Tigers are also led by running back Tre Mason, who had 1,621 yards on the ground in 2013 with an average 5.7 yards per carry. In Auburn's 59-42 win over Missouri on December 7 – the Tigers' last game – Mason had 304 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

"We feel we're the best team in college football," said Mason, who was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. "We've got to continue to prove it."


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