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Auburn senior students compare this year's title run to 2010's as freshman

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Reid McFarland, Auburn Senior Reid McFarland, Auburn Senior
Austin Whitt, Auburn Senior Austin Whitt, Auburn Senior

For Auburn senior students, their college careers began with a bang, and may even end better. As freshman they witnessed their Tigers beat Oregon for the school's first national championship since 1957. Now, as seniors -- they'll cheer on the Tigers on Monday as they play in their second BCS championship in 4 years.

“I actually was there in 2010 with my brother,” says Reid McFarland, an Auburn senior in Pasadena for the game. “We got to watch Cam and they win it and so now I'm back here 4 years later and couldn't ask for a better way to end my college career.”

Students say there's something different about this year. They entered the year with low expectations, but win after win; they realized they had a chance. Students say the turning point was the Texas A&M game.

“We won the first couple of games and we were like, 'OK we're supposed to win these game,' but then we beat A&M and that's when everyone knew this was going to be a special team,” says Auburn senior Austin Whitt.

Students say this was different from 2010. Expectations were high entering the season and Auburn dominated most games. With Heisman-winner Cam Newton under center, they were rarely tested.

“Going into every game in 2010, I knew we were going to win. This year...not so much, but it's been a pleasant surprise,” says McFarland.

The difference? Some students say -- maybe a little bit of good fortune.

“Every year when a team make it to the national championship, everybody has luck, destiny and fate but you can't go through the SEC and make it to the national championship without any of those,” says Whitt.

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