This was one of college football’s true gems. Thanks to Steve Spurrier and Bobby Bowden, from 1990-2000 these two teams met 13 times with both being ranked in the top 10, including the 1996 Sugar Bowl for the national championship. These two programs were mammoths and are Nos. 1 and 2 nationally when it comes to consecutive bowl streaks. Florida State is No. 1 (30) and Florida is second (21).
How it got that way traces back to the most minor of upsets in the Iron Bowl's history two years ago. Alabama, favored by less than a touchdown at home, saw a 24-0 lead diminish as Auburn roared back for a last-second 28-27 win. The Tigers, with eventual Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton at quarterback, won the SEC Championship and eventually the national title. What happened next flummoxes even the most ardent Auburn supporters. Even Housel can't find a comparison in the school's history.