Panama City, FL---College football fans in the region are certainly making plans these days to head to California the first week of 2014!
Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn talks with reporters during a news conference at Beard-Eaves Memorial Coliseum in Auburn, Ala., Monday, Dec. 29, 2008. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)
That's because it's Florida State and Auburn in the BCS Championship game in Pasadena.
Both winning their conference titles Saturday night, and when Ohio State lost to Michigan State, that allowed Auburn to move into the number two BCS slot. So it's a very regional title game, two schools within 200 miles of each other, their fan bases mingling, certainly in our area that's true.
Here's a little reaction from Auburn's coach, Gus Malzahn, who's team wasn't anywhere near the top 25 in the preseason polls, now they're playing for the BCS title.
"I don't know if I've ever had a team come as far as we have." Malzahn said Sunday night. "You know the very first game we were an average, at best, team. We were a work in progress probably the first half of the season. But our guys continued to improve, they continued to work hard in practice, which is rare. I say that I can probably count on one hand the practices our coaches weren't very happy with."
Malzahn by the way named AP SEC Coach of the Year, Tre Mason named offensive Player of the Year. Manziel's the first team quarterback, Florida true freshman Vernon Hargreaves named first team corner.