Dec. 9, 2013
Nick Marshall and Auburn are on the run heading to the BCS title game (Daniel Shirey / USA Today photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- A guy who was Auburn's quarterback coach from 1993-98 says the newest reincarnation of the Tigers will be tough to handle in the BCS Championship Game.
Auburn's offense, says Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, "is like a four-headed monster."
"You talk about a three-headed monster, they have a four-headed monster and they have an excellent offensive line."
Fisher and his coaching staff will meet Auburn in the BCS title game on Jan. 6 trying to defend an offense that leads the nation with 4,364 rushing yards and 46 rushing touchdowns. Auburn doesn't pretend, either. The Tigers lead the nation in rushing attempts, too, behind two 1,000-yard rushers in Tre Mason and Nick Marshall.
Auburn's 545 yards in Saturday's 59-42 over Missouri in the SEC Championship Game were the most ever by once conference school against another.
The perspective from the other side of the field against Gus Malzahn's offense goes like this:
"They can handle the speed sweep, they outflank you," Fisher said. "They have great receivers and motion guys that way. They can run the ball inside with great power and the quarterback can run it and play action off of it.
"The productivity is amazing what they've been able to do, and we all know that the SEC is an outstanding league and the play great football. What Gus has done is really amazing, and they'll be a tremendous challenge for our team."
Florida State will have longer to prepare for Auburn than anybody.
Florida State's offense? Quarterback Jameis Winston, likely the Heisman frontrunner, has passed for 3,820 yards and 38 touchdowns. Auburn is No. 7 in the NCAA in total offense. Florida State is No. 3.
"We've got a huge challenging against their offense," Malzahn said. "Their quarterback is unbelievable, the receivers are unbelievable. They can run the football. We've got our work cut out for us."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine