Heisman Trophy jinx in national-title game? Jameis Winston and the Florida State offense appear to have a significant advantage over an Auburn pass defense that ranks last in the SEC. But other forces could worry FSU followers Monday night in the BCS championship game. Quarterbacks who won the Heisman Trophy and then played for the national championship historically have not fared well. In the last 30 years, QBs in that situation are 4-7. Those 11 quarterbacks —including FSU’s Charlie Ward, who won the 1993 championship, and Chris Weinke, who lost the 2000 title game — completed just 51.6 percent of their passes with eight touchdowns and 19 interceptions in the big game. “One thing I will tell you about history, it’s in the past,” Winston said. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher has repeatedly said that nothing has changed about Winston’s personality or his preparation since becoming the most decorated player in the country this season — but that might not matter.
Auburn could pound on the ground: Auburn leads the nation with 335.7 yards per game and this season has two players, running back Tre Mason (1,621) and quarterback Nick Marshall (1,023), with more than 1,000 yards. By comparison, FSU has not had a 1,000-yard rusher in 17 seasons. The Seminoles have faced just two top-50 rushing offenses this season, the best being Boston College, which totaled 200 yards against FSU. The running game also gives Auburn its best chance to keep Winston and FSU’s high-scoring offense off the field. So naturally, Seminoles’ defenders have been peppered with questions about the Tigers’ running game. “We love it. … because while you’re in practice you have that on your mind and it makes you grind,” cornerback Lamarcus Joyner said.
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