Newport Beach, CA --- The National Championship game between Florida State and Auburn is growing closer and closer.
Newschannel 7 Sports own Scott Rossman arrived in Southern California Thursday and from his report in Newport Beach, he says both squads are still doing all they can to best prepair themselves for the tough challenge of shutting the opposition down Monday night.
Thursday marked day three if you will of the California preparations for Florida State and Auburn as they look ahead to Monday night's BCS Championship game.
Both teams practiced yesterday, practicing again today at their respective sites.
Before the day's practice both teams spent a little time with the media.
The Auburn offense represented, the Florida State defenders doing the talking. Suffice it to say these two squads have studied each other quite a bit.
They give up just ten points a game," says Auburn Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee "they're second in turnovers. They're best against the pass, top ten against the run. Like I said I think in seven games they've given up less than double digit points. I think only one team scored over 17. You know when you're playing for the championship you want to play the best. And I think we've got our best challenge yet."
That respect is returned by the Florida State defense which has spent plenty of time in recent days watch the Auburn offense. And the Seminoles are impressed.
"We've seen tape of what looks like a little hole and Tre Mason just slips right through and takes off for 20." says FSU linebacker Christian Jones. "So throughout this week we've been emphasizing gap responsibility and just doing a good job. And I think we're gonna do a good job of that during the game, because that's what we've focused on this week."
And Friday they'll flip-flop. The Florida State offense will be in to talk, the Auburn defenders will do the talking, and of course we'll share a lot of that with you Friday night at 6 and 10 o'clock.