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Duane Cross | | January 4, 2014

Notebook: Auburn, Florida State odds ‘n’ ends

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Sports information directors have the ultimate stats-geek job. Whether its preseason, game day or when teams are bowling in the postseason, SID media guides are the ink-and-paper equivalent of a big red bow on top of a new car in the driveway. ... Well, almost. (Media guide horders keep their gems longer than the car.) Here are some of the noteworthy nuggets from the Auburn and Florida State media guides from this year's BCS National Championship Game:

• Auburn has a 13-4-1 lead in the Florida State series, which was first played in 1954. The teams have met once previously in a bowl game, a 13-7 FSU win in the Sugar Bowl at the end of the 1988 season. The most recent meeting between the Tigers and Seminoles was a 20-17 Auburn victory at home in 1990.

• A win by Florida State would give FSU three national titles, making the Seminoles the 11th team to have three or more national championships, joining Alabama (9), Notre Dame (8), Oklahoma (7), Miami (5), USC (5), Minnesota (4), Nebraska (4), Ohio State (4), Florida (3) and Texas (3). FSU would be tied with Florida and Texas for the ninth-most national championships all time.

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• This is Auburn’s second trip to the BCS championship game and third time in a BCS bowl.

• Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is a former Auburn assistant coach, as is FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett and director of player personnel Bob Lacavita. Auburn co-offensive coordinator Dameyune Craig was an assistant at Florida State from 2010-12. Special teams coordinator Scott Fountain was a graduate assistant for the Seminoles from 1994-96 and received a master’s from FSU in 1998.

• Auburn or Florida State will match Ole Miss for the nation’s longest active bowl win streak. The Rebels defeated Georgia Tech 25-17 in the Music City Bowl for their sixth consecutive postseason victory.

• Florida State (15) and Auburn (9) held the longest active FBS winning streaks entering bowl season. (Michigan State ran its win streak to 10 with a 24-20 victory against Stanford in the Rose Bowl.)

• Auburn's Gus Malzahn is the third coach in SEC history to win the conference title in his first year at a school, joining Bernie Moore at LSU (1935) and John Vaught at Ole Miss (1947).

• The ACC sent an NCAA-record 11 teams to bowl games this year, breaking a record of 10 it previously had set in 2008 and subsequently matched by both the SEC and Big Ten.

• The BCS title game will be the 38th matchup between AP Top 10 teams in Auburn history; the Tigers are 6-6-1 at neutral sites. Auburn has won its past five top-10 matchups, and nine of the past 10.

• The ACC became the first conference to have a player win the Heisman Trophy (Jameis Winston, FSU), the Doak Walker Award (Andre Williams, Boston College), and the Outland Trophy (Aaron Donald, Pitt), the Nagurski Trophy (Donald), the Lombardi Award (Donald) and the Bednarik Award (Donald) in the same year.

• Florida State set a single-season scoring record with 689 points in 13 games, breaking the old mark of 550 points set by the Seminoles last year in 14 games.

• Auburn has won 88 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The most recent time the Tigers lost when registering at least 30 points was a 56-49 four-overtime loss to Georgia in 1996. In its history, Auburn is 305-4 when scoring at least 30 points.

• Florida State is going to its 32nd consecutive bowl game, the longest such streak in the FBS. Virginia Tech has the second-longest streak (21), with Georgia Tech (17) tied for third. (The NCAA does not recognize FSU’s 2006 Emerald Bowl appearance because of sanctions, however.)

• Florida State is 13-0 for the first time in school history, bettering the previous mark of 12-0 set by the 1999 national champions.

• The Tigers lead the nation in rushing at 335.7 yards per game; Auburn is one of seven teams nationally to have had four different 100-yard rushers this season and the only team nationally with four 500-plus yard rushers.

• Florida State is just 28 points from owning the FBS record for points in a season. The Seminoles already have eclipsed the school and ACC single-season scoring records (689 points). Oklahoma’s 2008 team holds the FBS record for total points in a season (716), also set during a 14-game sschedule.

• Auburn has scored 30 points in nine consecutive games for the first time in school history. The previous best was in 1994, when the Tigers scored 30 points or more in eight consecutive games.

• Kicker Roberto Aguayo has scored more points (147) than Florida State’s 13 opponents (139) and he is on pace to set the NCAA single-season scoring record for kickers (Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp, 156 in 2012). Aguayo became the third Seminole to win the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s top kicker, joining Graham Gano (2008) and Sebastion Janikowski (1998-99).

• Auburn has scored a touchdown in 44 of 52 quarters this season.

• Florida State ranks among the nation’s top three in 11 statistical categories. FSU leads the nation in scoring defense (10.7), passing yards allowed (152.0), pass efficiency defense (90.90), interceptions (25), red zone offense (.971) and team pass efficiency (178.29). FSU ranks second in scoring (53.0) and turnovers gained (34). The Noles rank third in total defense (268.5), kickoff return average (25.96) and third-down conversion (.552).

• Auburn has had 31 drives of 75 yards or longer during the 2013 season, all of them accounting for touchdowns.

• Florida State is the only team in the country to rank in the top five in the nation in both scoring offense (53.0, second) and scoring defense (10.7, first). FSU has scored more than 50 points seven times and has given up more than 17 just once.

• Although even in the turnover margin for the season (18 to 18), Auburn has outscored its opponents 73-41 in points off turnovers.

• FSU will be making its eighth appearance in a BCS bowl. The Seminoles are 2-5 in BCS bowls. The Noles will end the BCS era with the third most appearances (8), behind Ohio State (10) and Oklahoma (9).

• Auburn is averaging 52.0 rushing attempts per game this season, and the Tigers have carried the ball more than 50 times in eight contests (74 Missouri; 60 Texas A&M; 59 Florida Atlantic; 57 Georgia; 53 Tennessee; 52 LSU; 52 Alabama; 50 Arkansas State).

• Florida State will be playing in its fourth BCS National Championship Game, which ties Oklahoma for the most ever. The Seminoles played in the first three BCS championship games from 1998-2000 -- winning 46-29 against Virginia Tech in the 1999 Sugar Bowl and falling to Tennessee 23-16 in the first BCS title game at the Fiesta Bowl in 1998. The Seminoles also fell to Oklahoma 13-2 in the Orange Bowl title game in 2000.

• Auburn is 4-8 all-time when facing the nation’s top-ranked team after November’s 34-28 win against Alabama. No team has ever beaten two No. 1 teams in the same season. Oklahoma tied No. 1 Texas 15-15 and later beat No. 1 Nebraska 17-7 in 1984.

• Florida State is seeking its 14th win of the season. Only five teams have ever won 14 games in a season. The Seminoles are looking to join Auburn (14-0, 2010), Boise State (14-0, 2009), Alabama (14-0, 2009), Ohio State (14-0, 2002) and BYU (14-1, 1996) in the 14-win club. Auburn, Alabama and Ohio State won the national championship in their 14-win seasons.

• Auburn has 15 100-yard rushing performances from a combination of four different players, one of only seven schools to do so. (Air Force, Minnesota, Arkansas State, Southern Cal, Ole Miss and Ohio State are the only other teams to have at least four different 100-yard rushers.) Auburn averages 335.7 rushing yards per game, first nationally.

• Florida State is 67-68-6 all-time against current Southeastern Conference teams. The Noles are 4-5-1 against the current SEC teams in bowl games.

• Auburn is 120-74-9 in games against current members of the ACC. Auburn has faced Boson College, Clemson (twice), Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech in bowl games.

• Florida State hasn’t trailed in a game in 571 minutes and 49 seconds – since Chad Abram caught a 10-yard TD pass to tie the game at 17-17 with 1:49 left in the second quarter at Boston College on Sept. 28.

• Auburn's Tre Mason has six career 100-yard rushing games against ranked opponents, including five in 2013 (LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Missouri). In 17 games against ranked opponents, Mason averages 5.5 yards per carry. Mason steps up his game even more against top-10 competition, totaling 778 yards and eight TDs on 128 carries in four games, an average of 194.5 ypg.

• Florida State's Jameis Winston has thrown for 26 touchdowns and 2,579 yards in the first half alone this season. The 26 first-half scores are more than 108 starting QBs in the FBS, while the first-half yardage total is more than 80 starting QBs. ... Winston has thrown 18 TD passes and 1,576 yards in the second quarter alone this season. Those are the best marks for TD passes and yards of any QB in any quarter this season.

• Nick Marshall passed 1,000 yards rushing against Missouri, only the fourth quarterback in SEC history to reach the plateau. Three of the quarterbacks to reach the mark played for Auburn (Cam Newton, 2010; Jimmy Sidle, 1963). The other is Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel (2012).

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