As far as storylines go this NCAA Football season, there’s not a more intriguing one than the coming-of-age tale starring the Florida State Seminoles and head coach Jimbo Fisher. FSU is 9-0, poised for a second-straight ACC championship and sitting at No. 2 in the latest BCS Standings. They trail only Fisher’s mentor, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide, the current kings of the sport.
It’s looking more and more like the Seminoles represent the team most suited to challenge Alabama for the national championship. If you love rich, layered plotlines to run through your college football experience, FSU-Alabama is the best thing that could happen this season. Honestly, you couldn’t write up a better script for a big-budget movie.
Noles’ QB Jameis Winston is a former five-star recruit from Hueytown, Alabama, which is less than an hour from Tuscaloosa. Fisher took on Saban, his former boss at LSU, in a fierce head-to-head recruiting battle for the dynamic quarterback. In Round 1, student took down teacher. What better circumstance for a rematch than the BCS national title game?
This potential matchup has it all – personal connections, exciting on-field matchups, conference bragging rights, oh and two exceptional football teams. As a general fan of college football, how can you not want to see this game?
Winston is the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy, and Alabama’s defense has allowed more than 10 points just twice this season – on Saturday to LSU and in its 49-42 win over Texas A&M in Week 3. SEC supporters have poked fun at the “basketball league” in which the Seminoles play, but Fisher has been resolute in his belief that Florida State is second to no team or conference. Who wouldn’t like to see him get a shot at proving it against his mentor and the two-time defending national champs?
Alabama and Florida State have looked flat-out dominant, and the two have separated themselves in the standings from the rest of the pack. Sure, the Ohio States (No. 3), Stanfords (No. 4) and Baylors (No. 5) of the world are having nice seasons. But the best possible conclusion to the BCS era comes in the form of the current top two teams.
However, the script of every college football season is always a living document. Some new twist in this year’s tale could send our attention and aspirations toward an alternate ending.