|Written by John Bower|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 09:40|
Early in the NCAA college football season, Vegas sportsbooks had listed the Florida State Seminoles as 25/1 underdogs to win the title game while the Auburn Tigers were listed at the bottom of the big-board with a laughable 1000/1 payout. Now as the season concludes, the Seminoles look to win their first title since 1999 while the Tigers look to repeat their 2010 performance. Although head coach Gus Malzahn has led the young Tigers squad to a 12-1 record along with an SEC championship, 2013 BCS National Championship odds have FSU favored over Auburn by more than a touchdown. Vegas bookmakers have listed the Seminoles as -8½ point spread favorites against the Tigers with an over/under betting total of 66.
Florida State ended the year with a perfect 13-0 record after dismantling #20 Duke 45-7 to win the ACC title (8-0). Freshman quarterback and leading Heisman candidate Jameis Winston will look to continue the dominance of the offense as Florida State has won 13-straight games by scoring at least 35-ppg. The defense has also stellar ranking #1 in the country for points against holding opponents to just 10.1-points per game. Despite the recent trend of SEC dominance, it is easy to see why BCS National Championship odds favor FSU over Auburn by more than a touchdown when you consider that FSU has gone 9-0-1 ATS in their last 10-bowl appearances. Gambling favorites in the BCS title game have recently gone 4-1 against the spread which is why most handicappers and wise guys feel the "Coaches Trophy" is the Seminoles to lose.
If it wasn't for an early season 21-35 loss to then #6 LSU, the Tigers would also be looking at a perfect season having finished off the year with a thrilling 59-42 victory against #5 Missouri for the SEC championship. Junior QB Nick Marshall has had a decent year by all accounts throwing 1,759-yards for 12-touchdowns and 5-interceptions but it has truly been the top ranked running game that has earned Auburn their spot in the title game on January 6th. Junior RB Tre Mason (Heisman finalist) finished the regular season with a commanding 1,621-yards for 22-touchdowns while Marshall balanced the attack with 1,022-rushing yards for 11-TD's. Although on paper, the Tigers look to be the clear underdog in 2013 BCS National Championship odds, it is important to note that Auburn has gone an impressive 4-1 ATS in their last five bowl games and have won outright in their last two games when listed as underdogs of 9 or more points which is exactly is where the line is heading.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:03|