Both national title teams will be at full strength when they meet on January 6, as Auburn and Florida State not be without any players due to academic eligibility issues.
Auburn's Gus Malzahn says all the Tigers are eligible (academically and otherwise) for the BCS Championship Game— Auburn Gold Mine (@AUGoldMine) December 29, 2013
Everyone is good to go academically for the bowl game, per Jimbo. Those rumors were bullshit. #Noles— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) December 19, 2013
In fact, Florida State may even gain an additional weapon to its already-fearsome running back corps, as Mario Pender has regained eligibility after missing the season due to academic problems.
Jimbo says FSU is checking on whether Mario Pender (missed season w/ grades) would be eligible 4 bowl now that he has regained eligibility.— TomahawkNation.com (@TomahawkNation) December 19, 2013
Pender missed the 2012 season due to injury and has yet to carry the ball in his FSU career.
With grades coming in between the end of the regular season and many bowl games, academic eligibility issues can be a concern for some of the top-level teams. Ole Miss senior wide receiver Ja-Mes Logan is expected to miss the Music City Bowl .