BCS National Championship open thread: Florida State vs. Auburn

Any takers? I’ve said in the past that, due to my general lack of knowledge, the only time I would wade into all of the football discussion that goes on around here is for the annual Army-Navy game that I hold so dearly in my heart, but I set a little goal for myself at the start of this autumn to conscientiously pay attention to college football and to better acquaint myself all of its rules, team, conferences, and all-around goings-on… and I am now just ever so slightly obsessed with my continuing education thereof. Ed and Jazz have had ya’ll covered for the countdown to the Super Bowl, so I thought I’d chime in the with an open thread for the last major college football event of the season: The BCS National Championship, baby.

The No. 1-ranked Florida State Seminoles are facing off with the No.2 Auburn Tigers at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California in the Bowl Championship Series’ last title game before it switches to a playoff format next year. I don’t have any particular loyalties either way (I’m more of a Pac-12 gal myself), but I think I’ll be rooting for Auburn on this one. I like an underdog, via the AP:

The Seminoles (13-0) ripped through their schedule on the way to Pasadena, winning each game by at least 14 points behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. …

The turnaround Tigers (12-1) are the most unlikely group ever to reach the BCS championship game. Auburn went from 3-9 last year to Southeastern Conference champions in their first season under coach Gus Malzahn. It was a wild ride. The Prayer at Jordan-Hare beat Georgia. The Kick-Six beat Alabama. Destiny? Fate? Luck? The Tigers don’t see it that way.

“Hey, I know we’re a team of hard work, I know that,” said tailback Tre Mason, a Heisman finalist who has run for 1,621 yards and 22 touchdowns for the No. 1 rushing offense in the country. “These guys put a lot of hard work in with me every day, blood, sweat and tears all year long.”

Auburn is the first team to reach the BCS championship game after having a losing season the previous season, and would become the first national champion to start the season unranked since BYU in 1984.

Kickoff at 8:30 PM eastern on ESPN. It’s goin’ down.