Will Florida State end SEC's streak?

Lining up against either one of these offenses right now is every defensive coordinator's nightmare.

Florida State has scored 37 or more points in all 13 of its games this season and 45 or more in 10 of those games. In four meetings with nationally ranked teams this season, the Seminoles have won by a combined margin of 200-35.

Most of their games have been over by the second half, or some of their numbers would be even gaudier.

Then there's Auburn and a running game that might as well be a runaway locomotive right now. The Tigers have rushed for 841 yards in their past two games, and they were going against the top two run defenses in the SEC (Alabama and Missouri).

Their pace is scary fast, and their tempo is even more impressive. But with a month between now and the title game, it's always a crapshoot as to how much a lengthy layoff like that will disrupt offensive rhythm.

One thing is for sure. The Tigers aren't changing for anybody. They're going to do what they do.

"If you can't stop it, we're going to make you like it until you stop it," said Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall, one of two Auburn players to rush for 1,000 yards this season along with junior running back Tre Mason.

On paper anyway, one of the chief differences between these two teams is on defense.

Auburn is ranked 88th nationally in total defense and giving up 423.5 yards per game. The Tigers allowed 534 yards to Missouri in the SEC championship game.

Florida State has the country's top-ranked scoring defense. The Seminoles are allowing 10.7 points per game and have given up just 17 touchdowns in 13 games. They're also third nationally in total defense.

Six of the SEC's seven national championship teams during the streak have finished in the top 10 nationally in total defense. The only one that didn't was Auburn in 2010.

Defense has clearly been what has separated the SEC and kept the stream of crystal footballs coming in every year.

But as we pull the shade on the BCS one final time, this may be a game that gets us to rethink what championship defense truly is.

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