Sports Jan 6
College Football-BCS Championship
Battle for the title
Top-ranked Florida State and No. 2 Auburn will write the final chapter on the college football season when they decide the national championship Monday night.
Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston leads the Seminoles who are trying to put the finishing touches on a perfect season. The redshirted freshman can set an NCAA record for passing efficiency rating with another big game. He comes in with a rating of 190.05, just shy of the record of 191.8 held by Russell Wilson. All 13 of Florida State's wins have been by 14 or more points. The high-flying Seminoles can set an NCAA record for points in a season with a 28 more tonight.
Auburn is the first team to reach the BCS championship game after having a losing season the previous season, and is on the cusp of becoming the first national champion to start the season unranked since BYU in 1984. The 12-1 Tigers feature the nation's top running attack, averaging 335 yards on the ground per game. Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Martin leads the way. He rushed for 1.621 yards and 22 touchdowns this season, including a 304-yard performance in the SEC title game against Missouri.
Florida State's defense is sixth best against the run in the country.
This will be the swan song for the BCS. A playoff system to determine the national championship will begin next season.
Texas welcomes Strong
Charlie Strong steps into the bright glare of the college football spotlight when he's introduced as the new head coach at Texas today. He takes over one of the high-profile and well financed programs in the country after spending four years as head coach at Louisville. Strong succeeds Mack Brown who won 158 games in 16 years at Texas, but only delivered one national championship and two Big 12 titles. Strong spent four years as Louisville head coach, running up a 23-3 combined mark the last two years with quarterback sensation Teddy Bridgewater sparking the offense.