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Poll ~ Who Wins Tonight?

This game pits the 11th-best offense in the nation (AU) against the #3 defense in the nation (FSU), and the #5 offense in the nation (FSU) against the #87 defense in the nation (AU). Although, as Stewart Mandel says, AU's defense may be as good as #13 in adjusted ratings.

Here are twenty-two other stats in preparation for tonight's game:

  • Auburn, #1 rushing offense
  • Jameis Winston, 3,820 yards, 67.9%, 38/10 TD/INT
  • FSU tandem of Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams, 1,648 rushing yards, 6.6 ypc
  • Tre Mason, 2137 all-purpose yards
  • Red zone offense, #1 for FSU / #16 for Auburn
  • Red zone defense, #7 for Auburn / #24 for FSU
  • Auburn defensive end Dee Ford, 8.5 sacks
  • Sammie Coates, 841 receiving yards (only Auburn receiver with more than 300 yards)
  • FSU, 3 receivers who each have more than 900 yards
  • AU tandem of Nick Marshall and Tre Mason, 2,644 rushing yards, 6.0 ypc
  • Auburn, #10 net punting
  • FSU, #116 net punting
  • Vegas Odds, FSU by 10.5
  • Auburn, #73 in the nation on first down
  • Number of Auburn players who average 5.0 yards per run, 9
  • FSU, #2 turnover margin
  • Roberto Aguayo, Lou Groza award winner for FSU, 95% field goals made (8/9 from 40+ yards)
  • FSU, 3rd-worst punt defense in FBS
  • Auburn, 22nd-worst passing defense in FBS
  • Record for Heisman-winning quarterbacks in their last 16 bowl appearances, 7-9
  • Chris Davis, 20.1 yards per punt return for Auburn
  • Strength of schedule, #29 for AU / #64 for FSU, worst of any team to play in the nat'l championship in 10 years

Auburn strengths:

return game, running, defensive line

Florida State strengths:

passing, kicking, overall talent

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