BCS Championship Game: It's almost here
by Mark Edwards
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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, left, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher with the coaches' trophy at a news conference in Newport Beach, Calif., on Sunday morning. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn, left, and Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher with the coaches' trophy at a news conference in Newport Beach, Calif., on Sunday morning. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
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NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- The Big Game is only a day away, and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn spent Sunday morning meeting with reporters one final time before kickoff.

Malzahn fielded about 26 questions at a news conference promoting Monday's BCS Championship Game between Auburn (12-1) and Florida State (13-0).

"It's been a good week," Malzahn said. "Our guys since we've arrived here have been focused. We've tried to keep this as game-like and game-week-like as possible. We've had some solid practices, and we're just ready for the game to get here and play and see what happens."

Malzahn stayed true to his low-key demeanor in the 30 minutes he spent on stage at the Newport Beach Marriott. For him, this is a business trip, and even Monday morning, he will continue working on planning for the matchup at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, Calif.

"It'll be the same as it has been," Malzahn said. "I like to get up early. We already have the game plan in, but we'll hit the film room early, me and Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Kodi Burns and we'll try to go over and make sure we're not missing anything, try to look at each situation that can possibly come up in the game and have an answer, make sure we're on the same page, and just be as prepared as we can."

Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher spoke to reporters before Malzahn. Fisher last coached a team in the BCS Championship Game in January 2004 when he was an LSU assistant in a win over Oklahoma.

"It's been 10 years since I've been in this game, back in this game in 2003, and sometimes you don't realize how hard it is to get back," he said. "You think once you get here you can always get back. It's very tough. There's a lot of things that get involved with getting back to this game. It's truly a privilege to be involved in this game, and I think our players understand that, also."

Neither team has played since Dec. 7 when Auburn beat Missouri for the SEC championship, and Florida State defeated Duke in the ACC title game.

"Any time you have 30 days you're going to have information and then some," Malzahn said, "and then as a coach, you've just got to filter all that and predict the best you can on what they're going to do offensively, defensively and special teams, and then I think it's very important that you self-scout yourself.

"So we've tried to do a great job of that, even like we're our own opponent just to see what they're seeing, and then you match up. Like I said, the first quarter is a feeling-out time, and then after that, things usually settle down and then you can actually get in a rhythm."
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