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Florida State Seminoles: 5 Reasons They Will Have Earned Their BCS Title Trip

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5 Reasons FSU Belongs in the Title Game

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What a year it has been for the Florida State Seminoles. They lost the best quarterback they’ve had in recent years in EJ Manuel and handed the keys to redshirt freshman Jameis Winston, and he has not disappointed.

All he has done is lead the Seminoles to a 12-0 record leading up to Saturday’s ACC Title game, and the Noles are pretty much demolishing every opponent they have faced so far this season. They are the No. 1 team in the country right now, and if they beat the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday they will be playing for the National Championship.

Say what you want about the softness of the ACC this year, but Florida State is decisively better than the teams they’ve played whereas Ohio State, the other undefeated team, his also played a soft schedule and not looked very strong at times.

There are claims that the SEC champion should be able to jump one of these teams, but make no mistake that Florida State deserves to play for the title if they win on Saturday. Especially now with the news breaking that the potential Heisman Winston will not face charges stemming from a potential sexual assault case. Now that Winston will not be suspended, BCS voters will not have to take that into consideration.

The Seminoles have to take care of business on Saturday, but if they do they have earned their trip to play for a National Championship. The following slides will show you why.

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5. Best Player in the Country

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Now that Winston will officially not be suspended, you can say that he will likely win the Heisman Trophy if he leads his team to a win on Saturday. He leads the country in QB Rating and has thrown for 3,490 yards to go along with 35 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Winston is the best player on the best team, and voters should want to see him in the big game.

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4. Undefeated Season

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Say what you want about the ACC being down this year, but FSU doesn’t just win -- they dominate. They score an average of 53.7 points per game, good for second in the nation. They beat Maryland 63-0 when they were ranked No. 25, destroyed No. 7 Miami and beat a No. 3 Clemson team on the road 51-14. They are also a 29-point favorite on Saturday against the No. 20 team in the country. That is dominance in its purest form.

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3. Strong Defense

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The Seminoles lead the nation in allowing only 11 points per game. In six of their 12 wins they have given up seven points or less including last week in a rivalry game against Florida. This defense is full of pros.

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2. Other Contenders Have Blemishes

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Any argument a team can make for jumping Florida State is not warranted. If Auburn beats Missouri in the SEC championship you cannot disregard their loss to LSU just because they beat Missouri and Alabama. I know teams in the SEC play a much stronger schedule, but that is more of a case for jumping Ohio State.

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1. Margin of Victory

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Continuing to touch on the dominance they have displayed, they have an average margin of victory of 39.3 points in conference play. They are above and beyond the cream of the crop of college football; if you claim they haven’t played anyone, they played teams that were ranked and made them look really, really awful.