CFB Gaming Previews

By Jeff Frank, Sports Analyst
2013 Final Regular Season Record: 44-21-1; Percentage: 67%
Bowl Record: 6-7; Percentage: 46%


Monday, January 6, 2014

FLORIDA STATE (13-0) VS. AUBURN (12-1), 8:30 PM (ET)

JUST THE FACTS


  • Stadium - Rose Bowl
  • Capacity - 92,542
  • Surface - Grass
  • Series Record - 13-4-1 Auburn
  • Series Streak - Florida State has won three of the last four meetings
  • Last Meeting - October 20, 1990 (Auburn, 20-17)
  • Television - ESPN

    TRENDS, HISTORY AND HINTS

    Florida State - 6-0 ATS L6... Florida State - 5-0 ATS L5 bowl games... Florida State - 6-0 ATS L6 as favorites... Florida State - 2-0 to the UNDER L2... Auburn - 9-0 ATS L9... Auburn - 4-1 ATS L5 bowl games... Auburn - 5-0 ATS L5 as underdogs... Auburn - 6-1 to the OVER L7.

    WHO'S HURTIN

    Florida State - Defensive Tackle Nile Lawrence-Stample (concussion) and Running Back Mario Pender (academics) are both questionable...Wide Receiver Isaiah Jones (foot), Linebacker Matthew Thomas (shoulder), Guard Ira Denson (shoulder), Safety Tyler Hunter (neck), Guard Wilson Bell (knee), Wide Receiver Greg Dent (legal issues), Wide Receiver Jarred Haggins (knee), Tight End Jeremy Kerr (knee) and Tight End Kevin Haplea (knee) are all out.

    Auburn - Linebacker Joshua Holsey (knee), Wide Receiver Jaylon Denson (knee), Defensive Tackle Jeffrey Whitaker (knee), Safety Demetruce McNeal (legal issues) and Linebacker Justin Garrett (undisclosed) are all out.

    GAME ANALYSIS

    The BCS Championship game pits the Southeastern Conference against the Atlantic Coast Conference. The SEC is looking for its eighth straight title after Alabama crushed Notre Dame last year. This season, Auburn is the league's representative while unbeaten Florida State holds down the fort for the ACC.

    The Tigers lost only once in 2013, a 14-point decision at LSU back on Sept. 21. Still, they have been very lucky getting to this point as evidenced by their wins over Georgia and Alabama. In addition, they needed a dominating fourth-quarter to break open the SEC Championship game versus Missouri.

    Florida State has been the best team in the country all season long. The one main issue is what might happen if the Seminoles face an adverse situation, such as a close game in the second half. This is something that could happen and it will be interesting to see if they have the power to pull away from a team that gives them trouble. In addition, even though Jameis Winston is the Heisman Trophy winner, he still is a redshirt freshman.

    The Seminoles are the better team but are they 10 points better? That's the million dollar question. The odds say no so go with the underdog and the points.

    SPORTS NETWORK CHOICE: Take Auburn plus 10 points.



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