5 Reasons Auburn Is The Most Dominant BCS Team Ever
5 Reasons Why Auburn is the Most Dominant BCS Team Ever
The now No. 2 Auburn Tigers snagged themselves the Southeastern Conference title against the No. 5 Missouri Tigers on Saturday, 59-42, making many new records for themselves in the process. And so, barring a massive, nasty upset somewhere in the cosmos, the 12-1 Tigers will meet No. 1 Florida State Seminoles for the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) title on Monday, Jan. 6 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. And all this, after going winless in the SEC, to claiming the champion's crown. Auburn has taken their own destiny by the horns and turned things around.
The game against Missouri was a nail-biter to be sure, but Auburn maintained the dominant advantage throughout. This improbable and unbelievable journey from underdog to being ranked No. 2 and dashing Missouri's hopes and dreams was almost too good to see coming. And this after beating another top five team, the Alabama Crimson Tide, the previous week.
Not that Missouri didn't answer admirably. It got to be too much for Missouri, however, and Auburn seemed unstoppable, with more than its fair share of tension. In the final quarter, Auburn pulled ahead to 52-42, with just over 11 minutes on the clock, backing Missouri into a bit of a corner. Until that point, Missouri kept up with Auburn toe-to-toe in a game that seemed to rush by all too fast.
How far will the passion and drive take Auburn?
As far as Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is concerned, it will take them all the way to beat Florida State at the Rose Bowl.
All the backbiting about Auburn's real caliber up against the Big Ten seems to have been for naught, and now, thanks to the Michigan State Spartan's Saturday 34-24 win over the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Tigers' No. 2 ranking sets them right where they belong, and they can snag the opportunity for an eighth consecutive national title for their conference.
In addition to components of the Tigers' arsenal and all the new records Auburn set on Saturday, following are five reasons why Auburn is the most dominant BCS Team ever. Let me know if you agree or not!
5. The Journey From Last to First
Auburn went from dysfunctionally going without wins in the Southeastern Conference, to being heroes and snatching the SEC title. No other team ahead of them or behind them has beaten five top-25 BCS teams, and nobody has beaten two top-five teams in a short week's time. Auburn has become a force to be reckoned with.
4. Running Back Tre Mason
Auburn had lambasted out 545 rushing yards in the SEC championship game against Missouri Saturday, which included 304 from running back Tre Mason -- he led Auburn's record-breaking rushing machine against Missouri with that yardage and four touchdowns. Mason put himself in the Heisman Trophy discussion as well, and he has been one of the NCAA's most consistent running backs. Throughout the game against Missouri, it seemed like Mason only gained more energy as the clock ticked down.
3. Quarterback Nick Marshall
Of Auburn's overwhelming 545 yards against Mizzou, quarterback Nick Marshall ran for 101 of those yards, an impressive feat for any quarterback in any game. Missouri hadn't allowed any team to rush for more than 184 yards in any one game, but by halftime, Auburn had racked up 282.
2. Powerhouse Offensive Line
If Mason was the star player, with an SEC championship game record of 46 carries, it was sponsored by a hellacious effort by Auburn's offensive line. Auburn's offensive line pushed Mizzou's defense around all over the field, creating flatbed truck-sized holes for Mason and his teammates to dash on through. Make no mistake, Missouri's offense is swift enough on its feet, but its defense was in no way ready for Auburn's speed. Auburn was ready to rumble again and again before most of the Mizzou defensive squad had caught their breath.
1. Indomitable Drive and Passion
Auburn won the SEC championship game with its unforgiving running assault and a couple of 11th-hour miracles. We all knew how vicious Auburn's running game was, but seeing them run circles around the SEC's top two rushing defenses in one brief week was unprecedented. Now, Auburn will take its top-ranked rushing game (335.7 average yards P/G) to the BCS National Championship against the league's No. 14 rushing defense, sported by the top-ranked Seminoles. Florida State hasn't allowed 100 rushing yards in three straight games, but after Alabama and Missouri, don't expect that fact to slow Auburn down for a moment.