I’m sure I’ll go on and on about the National Championship Game but for now I just had a couple quick thoughts and wanted to hear your opinions.
Being the major league homer that I am, I believe Auburn will win the title and I have a few reasons why I believe that:
5. I don’t think FSU is as good as advertised. Oh heck yeah, FSU is good, but could they beat Alabama? Could the beat Mizzou? Texas A&M? What about ALL of them? I don’t think so. Ohio State showed us what an easy schedule can do for you until the time comes to play the big dogs.
4. Nick Marshall has lots of time to hone his skills and work on one game plan. He’s come light years since the Washington State game. This Auburn team is barely recognizable from the team that played that night and it’s mostly due to Nick Marshall becoming more comfortable with the offense and allowing his play making skills to take over. The long break should benefit him tremendously.
3. Gus Malzahn’s attention to detail. Malzahn has impressed me with his head coaching ability just as much as his x’s and o’s. When Auburn takes the field, whether it’s after a loss to LSU or after a big win (name one), the tigers are prepared to play. They are focused and have a plan. That’s just great coaching. Jimbo Fisher is a good one in his own rights, but Malzahn has that OCD thing about him that really sets him apart.
2. Auburn’s rushing attack. I’ve never witnessed such a punishing attack week after week. People game plan for it and call it one dimensional, but no one can stop it. FSU defense can be run on, much more so than say Alabama or Missouri. If Auburn had their way with those two teams, the best FSU can hope for is to slow it down and that’s not saying a whole lot. FSU has that deep threat that can score at any time from any point on the field, but give me the punishing, demoralizing, consistent rush attack.
1. Season of Greatness. Call it luck, destiny, blessed, favored, rigged, I don’t care, but there’s no denying there’s something very special about this 2013 Auburn team that no one gave a chance. They’re playing one last game to make the biggest statement a team can make. From 0-8 in the SEC to a possible National Title. That’s beyond impressive. That’s something legendary. WDE.