Florida State clinch the title

January 07, 2014 17:29:10 UK

Jameis Winston hit Kelvin Benjamin on a two-yard pass with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter on Monday evening as the Florida State Seminoles rallied to win the national championship.

Down early to the Auburn Tigers and looking out of sorts, the Seminoles were held to a season-low point total in the 34-31 victory, but nonetheless still managed to complete an undefeated campaign.

Auburn had started the game well with quarterback Nick Marshall hitting Tre Mason and Melvin Ray for touchdowns before keeping the ball for himself to make it 21-3 with five minutes to play in the first half.

Had Auburn gone into the half with that scoreline, the game was almost certainly over. However, Florida State’s Devonta Freeman scored with a little under 90 seconds to go until the break and an 11-point gap proved a surmountable obstacle for the Seminoles’ high-scoring attack.

Tuesday’s final AP Top 25 has Florida State the unanimous No. 1 in the nation and the national champions.

Auburn retain the second spot in a nod to how close the Tigers came to maintaining the SEC’s streak of titles and Rose Bowl winner Michigan State move to third followed by South Carolina and Missouri to round out the top five.

With Winston and a host of offensive players returning, Florida State are very likely to find themselves ranked No. 1 going into the 2014 season and a battle-tested Auburn side shouldn’t fall out of the Top 25.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks are 3.20 to win Super Bowl XLVIII outright and the Denver Broncos can be backed at 3.20.

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