by CFP Staff
The defending national champions finished the season 8-5 with the bowl win and improved their record vs. Virginia to 2-1. The Tigers are now 4-1 overall in Chick-fil-A bowls.
Virginia also finished 8-5 while dropping to 2-2 in Chick-fil-A Bowls after their first bowl appearance since 2007.
The Cavaliers were second in the ACC Coastal Division as Mike London, the ACC Coach of the Year, guided the Cavaliers to a four-win improvement in his second season.
The Tigers spent seven weeks in the AP Top 25 poll, but lost to LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Clemson. They also defeated top 10 South Carolina in Columbia. Based on the strength of its schedule, Auburn got into the final BCS rankings at No. 25.
Fan Poll voters at CollegeFootballPoll.com were split 50-50 on which team would win. The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected the Tigers to win by 1.81 points.