BCS National Championship Game 2014: Three keys to the game for the Auburn Tigers

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Jan 5, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn answers questions during a press conference at Newport Beach Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

In what might possibly be one of the best turnarounds in recent memory in college football, the Auburn Tigers have gone from worst to first in the Southeastern Conference and now find themselves in position to win their second national championship in four years when they square off against the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles Monday night in Pasadena.

Last season under Gene Chizik, the Tigers finished just 3-9 overall and did not in a single game in the SEC, finishing 0-8 in conference play.

Then, enter former Tigers offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn who immediately breathed new life into this program and has taken them to heights only seen by Cam Newton and that 2010 squad.

With their fast-paced offensive attack, Auburn has run their way through the SEC this year which culminated in their victory over the Missouri Tigers in Atlanta a month ago to claim the coveted conference championship.

But without question, this Florida State team that they’ll see on Monday evening in the Rose Bowl will be the most overall talented group they’ve come across all season. So how can they pull off one last upset and take home their second crystal football this decade?

Let’s take a look….

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