In many ways, the Bowl Championship Series process worked out in its final season.
Top-ranked Florida State (13-0) was the only team to get through the regular season unbeaten, and the Seminoles did it in dominating fashion.
Auburn (12-1) won the Southeastern Conference, and among the teams with imperfect records the Tigers' resumé is best.
The pairings became official Sunday night when the final BCS standings came out. It'll be the Seminoles and the Tigers at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 6 for the national championship.
In the other marquee bowls:
Alabama will play Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.
Clemson will play Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.
Michigan State will play Stanford in the Rose Bowl.
Baylor will play Central Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.
Bye-bye, Buckeyes. Michigan State shook up the BCS title chase late Saturday night. The No. 10 Spartans regained the lead on Connor Cook's 9-yard touchdown pass to Josiah Price with 11 minutes, 41 seconds left and upset No. 2 Ohio State, 34-24, for the Big Ten in Indianapolis.
Ohio State (12-1) had the nation's longest active winning streak end at 24 as coach Urban Meyer suffered his first loss since taking over in Columbus.
Seminoles streaking. Jameis Winston threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score Saturday as Florida State throttled 20th-ranked Duke, 45-7, in the ACC championship game in Charlotte, N.C.
Winston was 19 of 32 for 330 yards.
The Seminoles' season has been defined by blowouts. Their average margin of victory is 42 points.
The only drama this season in Tallahassee, Fla., came off the field, when Winston was investigated for sexual assault. The state attorney said there was not enough evidence to charge the redshirt freshman with a crime two days before the Seminoles beat Duke.
Winston is the runaway favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. He would be the ninth Heisman winner to play in the BCS title game.
Rutgers fires 3. Rutgers (6-6) fired defensive coordinator Dave Cohen, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski.
Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood said the three would not coach in the Pinstripe Bowl against Notre Dame on Dec. 28 at Yankee Stadium.