Auburn will try to continue the SEC's dominating run of seven straight national titles and complete perhaps the greatest turnaround in college football history. A win would also be one of the biggest upsets in BCS history and mean five straight titles for the state of Alabama.
Florida State is looking for its third national title ever, and its third in 21 seasons -- and also set itself up as a favorite to repeat next year, since Fisher and Winston are just two of the big names returning. Considering how dominant FSU has been all season, the Noles would also enter the debate on the greatest team of the BCS era, and probably even more.
How to witness
TV: 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, and lots of other places. Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit have the call, with Heather Cox and Tom Rinaldi on the sidelines. ESPN's coverage throughout the day will include guest analysis by Alabama coach Nick Saban, Pitt coach Paul Chryst, Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, and others.
Stadium: Rose Bowl (94,392), Pasadena, CA
Tickets: Find available seats here.
Last year's BCS National Championship score: Alabama 42, Notre Dame 14
Last year's attendance: 80,120 (filling up Miami's Sun Life Stadium)
Last year's TV rating: 17.5 (26.4 million viewers)
Last year's payout for each school: $18 million
Team with the most BCS National Championship appearances: Oklahoma, with four
Team with the most BCS National Championship wins: Alabama, with three
Rankings and records: Florida State is ranked No. 1, while Auburn is ranked No. 2. The Seminoles are 13-0, winning the ACC, and the Tigers are 12-1, winning the SEC, with their single loss coming at the hands of LSU. Auburn holds a 13-4-1 lead in the all-time series, but the teams have not met since 1990.
Vegas: Florida State opened as a seven-point favorite and is now an 8.5-point favorite. The over/under is 67.5 points. Full betting trends report here. Player and team bets here -- 33 of them, in fact.
Weather: Absolutely perfect.