5 Reasons Why Florida State Seminoles Will Dominate The ACC For Years To Come
5 Reasons Why The Florida State Seminoles Will Dominate The ACC For Years To Come
If you happened to like the way that the Florida State Seminoles breezed through the ACC this season, demolishing every team in their path on their way to winning the national championship, I have some good news for you. Conversely, if you got tired of the Seminoles blowing out every team that got in the way, even the top-10 Clemson Tigers, you may not like what I’m about to say. No matter how you feel about it, Florida State is on the verge of a golden era. Everything is set up for the Seminoles to dominate the ACC for many years to come just as they dominated the league in 2013. This will lead to regular appearances in the new college football playoff system and plenty of opportunities to win another national championship.
The Seminoles were one of the top programs in college football right around the time the BCS system came into existence. Now that the BCS is finally out of our lives things appear to be coming full circle as Florida State is once again on top of college football with plenty of reasons to think that things will stay that way.
It’s not what the rest of the ACC wants to hear, and it may not even be what the other powerhouse programs across the country want to hear as the Seminoles did appear to have a rather easy path to the title game this year. But like it or not, Florida State is going to dominate the ACC for many years to come, and here are five reasons why.
5. Jameis Winston
Winston probably won’t hang around Tallahassee beyond the 2014 season, but Florida State knows that they’ll have the reigning Heisman Trophy winner for at least next season. Even if the supporting cast isn’t the same, having Winston next season puts the Seminoles in position to steamroll the ACC once again and make a strong argument for being chosen for the four-team playoff. If Winston leads Florida State to a second straight ACC Championship -- and possibly a second straight undefeated season -- the Seminoles will have built up enough momentum in their program to carry them for years after Winston leaves.
4. The Rest of the ACC
At the moment, there are few teams in the ACC that can even come close to matching up with the high level of talent at Florida State. Clemson was the closest this season, but they have to replace the incredible offensive trio of Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, which will be difficult to do no matter how well the Tigers have recruited. Miami has shown signs of reclaiming their glory days of the past, but they’re not there yet and remain far behind their in-state rivals. Most of the other programs in the ACC are average at best, which is why the Seminoles were so dominant in 2013. Unless programs like Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Boston College or N.C. State can improve considerably and create more competition for Florida State, the Seminoles will continue to breeze through their conference schedule on a yearly basis.
Florida State is already set to sign a top-5 recruiting class in 2014, and after winning a National Championship they should be able to lock down a top-5 class in the next couple of years as well. That will keep the talent level extremely high in Tallahassee for years to come. Moreover, the Seminoles had one of the top recruiting classes in the country in 2011, and that group of players will be seniors in 2014. While they’ll likely lose a few players from that class to the NFL, Florida State will still have a strong senior class that will give them a great shot to win another championship in 2014 while continuing their dominance in the ACC.
2. Charlie Strong Leaves Louisville For Texas
Louisville is entering the ACC for the 2014 season, and at the moment they look like a team that could challenge Florida State on a yearly basis in the ACC Atlantic division. However, Charlie Strong leaving Louisville for Texas is a game changer for the ACC. Without Strong, the Cardinals may become just another team in the ACC that doesn’t stack up against the Seminoles, meaning it’ll be easier for Florida State to continue its dominance.
1. Jimbo Fisher
In four seasons since taking over for Bobby Bowden, Fisher has done an incredible job of bringing Florida State back to prominence. He has a 45-10 record, two ACC Championships and now a National Championship. More importantly, he’s built a program whose success is sustainable over a long period of time. With Charlie Strong going to Texas and Fisher getting an extension, it’s likely that he’ll remain at Florida State for the foreseeable future, enabling him to continue the success he’s had over the past four seasons. With Fisher at the helm, the Seminoles aren’t going to slow down anytime soon, and that is going to make it difficult for any other team in the ACC to stop them from dominating the conference for years to come.