When No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Auburn face each other in next month's BCS Championship Game, it will be their first meeting since 1990. Historically, though, these programs are no strangers. And, there are several interesting ties between them.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher coached at Auburn under Terry Bowden.
Here's a look at some of them, along with a peek into the series.
A few notable ties between the schools...
Jimbo Fisher: While at Salem College in the mid-1980s, Fisher was the quarterback and Terry Bowden, son of legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden, was his coach. Bowden left for Samford and Fisher transferred there to play his final season of college. After a brief Arena football career, Fisher joined Bowden's staff at Samford, and later become offensive coordinator. When Bowden landed at Auburn in 1993, Fisher became his QB coach. Fisher joined the FSU staff in 2007 and became head coach in 2010.
Terry Bowden: Bowden was Auburn's coach from 1993-98. He went 11-0 his first season, and produced the longest winning streak in school history -- 20 games. After a disastrous 1-5 start in 1998, he resigned. Way back in 1982, Bowden was a grad assistant for his dad in Tallahassee.
Tommy Bowden: Another son of Bobby Bowden, Tommy was an Auburn assistant from 1991-96 before becoming a head coach at Tulane and Clemson. At Auburn, he worked under Pat Dye -- and his brother, Terry. While Tommy Bowden was at Auburn, Fisher coached under him on the offensive staff. Earlier in his career, Bowden had two short assistant coaching stints at FSU and was running backs coach at Auburn in 1980.
Dameyune Craig: Auburn's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach played for the Tigers and was FSU's QB coach and recruiting coordinator three seasons before joining first-year coach Gus Malzahn at Auburn. Craig recruited FSU quarterback Jameis Winston to Tallahassee. At one time, Craig was a grad assistant at LSU under FSU's Fisher. When Craig was a player at Auburn, Fisher was his QB coach.
Ellis Johnson: The Auburn defensive coordinator, Johnson chose the Tigers after turning down an offer to have the same role at FSU.
Auburn Co-OC Dameyune Craig recruited QB Jameis Winston to Florida State.
Rick Trickett: FSU's offensive line coach for seven seasons, Trickett held the same position at Auburn from 1993-98.
Once upon a time, the teams played regularly. In fact, from 1960-90, they met 15 times (with 10 of those games taking place on the Plains). Auburn holds a 13-4-1 series lead. FSU, however, has won three of the past four meetings.
The height of their rivalry took place between 1983 and 1990, when they faced each other seven times, including once in the Sugar Bowl. Incredibly, both teams were ranked in every meeting; three of those games were top-10 matchups.
Bobby Bowden and Terry Bowden were scheduled to meet in the first so-called "Bowden Bowl" in 1999. But that Auburn-FSU game was cancelled after Terry was fired six games into the 1998 season.
Some noteworthy meetings...
-1983: No. 17 FSU drove 63 yards in 12 plays to take a 24-20 lead over No. 10 Auburn. The Tigers rallied with a 74-yard drive, and went ahead for good when Randy Campbell threw a 15-yard TD pass to Lionel James with 1:59 left. Auburn won 27-24. The Tigers would finish 11-1 and No. 3 in the final AP poll.
-1984: No. 16 Auburn upset No. 9 FSU in Tallahassee, 42-41. The Tigers went in front on a 3-yard Brent Fullwood run with 48 seconds left. The teams combined for 1,063 yards.
-1987: In a top-10 battle, No. 4 FSU whipped No. 6 Auburn, which was unbeaten entering the game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Seminoles led 27-3 at halftime, and held a strong Tigers offense to 227 total yards. Herb Gainer had two touchdown receptions for FSU.
-1989 ('88 season): In the Sugar Bowl, No. 4 FSU got the better of No. 7 Auburn, 13-7. Seminoles cornerback Deion Sanders intercepted an Auburn pass in the end zone from Reggie Slack in the final seconds to preserve the win. Slack had completed three fourth-down passes to keep that drive alive.