Beneath the idyllic San Gabriel Mountains in Pasadena, California’s pristine Rose Bowl stadium-setting, two college football teams from the South ended the BCS-era of NCAA football, with the Florida State Seminoles defeating the Auburn Tigers, 34-31, and ending the seven-year winning streak of the SEC.
FSU, which played in the first three BCS Championship games, garnered the Seminoles’ third NCAA Division One college football championship, and the first for Coach Jimbo Fisher. Legendary coach Bobby Bowden won the first two for the Tallahassee school in 1993 and 1999.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston led Florida State back from a 21-3 deficit in the first half to the national championship, becoming only the third winner of college sports’ most celebrated award to also lead his team to a #1 BCS finish.
PASADENA, Calif. — The final game of the BCS era (or error, take your pick) isn’t about the legacy of a rusted, obsolete national title mechanism.
Or about SEC fatigue.
Or about whose NFL draft stock is enhanced or kneecapped.
It isn’t about the supposed next football genius of the moment, or the next leveraged contract, or the trickle-down effect of a win or loss on next month’s national signing day.
Instead, this VIZIO BCS National Championship, perhaps more than any championship game in recent memory, is about the journey. Seriously, have two teams ever followed a stranger set of football GPS directions than Auburn and Florida State?
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