Senior College Football Columnist

Noles to win BCS but in a nailbiter

I know the Noles have blown everyone out, but my hunch is DC Jeremy Pruitt and company will have their hands full with Gus Malzahn's funky misdirection-based, power football, up-tempo scheme.

No doubt, the Noles have the most talent Auburn has seen on defense, but I still expect the Tigers, led by Tre Mason and a really, really underrated O-line, to do some damage. Don't forget in five SEC games away from Jordan-Hare Stadium, Mason averaged 180 yards rushing, and that came against some pretty stout defenses, including his 304 against Mizzou and the country's No. 14 run defense.

FSU has yet to play in anything close to a tight game this season, and that's another thing that should scare some Noles fans, especially since Auburn's had a few magical (re: bizarre) rallies late in games. That said, I think for as dynamic as QB Nick Marshall can be, his accuracy isn't great and FSU has some ballhawks in the secondary.

I also expect Heisman winner Jameis Winston to come through for FSU in the clutch. I do think the redshirt freshman is that special. I also buy that the Noles have the best receiving corps in the country and Auburn's secondary is suspect.

The Pick: Florida State 35, Auburn 31

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