Florida State vs Auburn BCS National Championship game day open thread

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Chat with Raiders fans during the BCS National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn.

All the regular bowl games are done now. The only one that remains is the one that's for all the marbles -- The Natty. This year it pits the Florida State Seminoles out of the ACC versus the SEC champion Auburn Tigers. The game airs on 5:00pm Pacific time on ESPN.

Florida State moved its way up the rankings all season long behind the play of "Famous" Jameis Winston. Eventually they were the last team standing atop the BCS rankings.

Auburn was not really in the picture for much of the season either due to losing to LSU in the fourth game of the season. It was Alabama who was atop the SEC and the BCS all the way up until the SEC Championship. That's when Auburn knocked them off to take the number two ranking and book a trip to Pasadena to face the top ranked Seminoles.

Here are the talent in this game to watch out for:

Florida State

QB Jameis Winston -- The 2013 Heisman Trophy winner is considered to be the best quarterback in college football this season. Alas for those looking to draft him, he is just a sophomore so the NFL will have to wait another year.

WR Kelvin Benjamin --Winston's favorite target had a breakout season with 50 receptions for 957 yards and 14 touchdowns. His big-play ability could see him jump into the first round.

DT Timmy Jernigan. When his get off is sudden, Jernigan can split gaps and get into the backfield.

LB Telvin Smith. A superb athlete, Smith is the leader of Florida State's defense.

CB Lamarcus Joyner -- He made the switch from safety to corner this season. He could be viewed as a solid prospect at either position in the pros. His versatility and range also raises his value.


RB Tre Mason -- The Heisman Trophy finalist could be one of the first running backs taken if he goes pro. Rushing for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, Mason displays good vision and a smooth running style. He's not a herky-jerky runner behind the line of scrimmage. He sees a hole and hits it quickly.

LT Greg Robinson -- Will likely be the highest drafted Seminole this year. He has the ability to be a very good tackle or guard at the next level.

DE Dee Ford -- And undersized speed rusher with the flexibility to dip around the corner. When Ford lines up on the right side, he'll match up with Florida State left tackle Cameron Erving, whom most have as a top 50 pick.

DT Gabe Wright -- The big run stopper has Auburn fans comparing him to former standout Nick Fairley due to his mean streak and with explosiveness. Wright needs to be more physical at times, but he's a solid depth option with potential.

Enjoy the game, everyone. Unless you count the Senior Bowl and the like, this is the last college football game you'll see for quite some time.

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