5 Things We Learned From the 2014 National Championship Game
What We Learned From the 2014 National Championship Game
With the confetti cleaned up, sadly the College Football season has come to end. The season and BCS certainly ended with quite a send off as the Florida State Seminoles defeated the Auburn Tigers in dramatic fashion. The victory capped off a perfect season for the Seminoles, and in the end, Florida State stood as the lone undefeated team earning the crystal ball.
Jameis Winston as a freshman completed the college player's triple crown. He quarterbacked his team to an undefeated season, won the Heisman Trophy and won a National Championship. He became the first freshman quarterback to win a National Championship in the BCS era and did so on a last-minute game-winning drive. This year saw Winston become "Famous Jameis," but in the next five years I just hope that he does not become "Infamous Jameis" with off-field questions and tarnish one of the great games in college football.
Also on a grand stage, comparing the National Championship Game to the upcoming Super Bowl, the weather element cannot be overlooked. With the four BCS venues and even adding the Cotton Bowl venue, college football really does an excellent job in allowing the top teams to play on a majestic stage without weather being a factor. The games are able to be preserved with purity and none of the abilities are weakened. During the BCS era, I cannot recall a game being played in bad weather conditions that effected the playability.
Aside from that, here are five things we learned from the final installment of the BCS National Championship game.
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5. Gutsy Special Teams Plays are Awesome
Florida State had two key special teams plays that were huge in their comeback. There was the 100-yard kickoff return by Levonte Whitfield where he was untouched that put FSU ahead with four and half minutes left. Earlier in the game, the Seminoles also converted a fake punt to keep a drive alive. However, it was not just any fake punt, but a reverse on a fake punt -- that is awesome!
Special teams have had their moments in big-time games. Think back to Desmond Howard or Jacoby Jones in the Super Bowl. Also, how about the onside kick the New Orleans Saints converted in their Super Bowl win? They are gutsy play-calls, and when they work with the game on the line they are game-changing.
4. Tre Mason is a Beast
The Auburn running back really had a coming out party late in the season. He carried the Tigers to the SEC Championship and also within minutes of the BCS Championship. Mason ripped off 1,816 yards this season and was a yard shy of 500 in the SEC title game and BCS title game combined. Presuming that he does return for his senior season, the Heisman pose that he struck late in game could be a sign of things to come.
3. Florida State Could Be the Team to Beat Next Season
The Seminoles will now have the targets on their backs as they try to repeat as National Champions during the first year of the playoff. They figure to be the preseason No. 1 and will return several key players including Jameis Winston. Let us not forget that Jimbo Fisher is turning into a top-tier head coach with a 45-10 record in his first four seasons. They will open up against a strong Oklahoma State team, and the conference schedule figures to be tougher with the additions of Louisville and Notre Dame. Will the Seminoles be able to navigate their way back to the final game of the season next year?
2. The SEC is Beatable
What Florida State was able to do was end the run that the SEC had winning National Championships. With the conferences continuing to be super-sized, there will be teams outside of the SEC that will start to compete with them. The SEC was actually 0-2 in the BCS this season with Oklahoma also getting the best of Alabama. While the SEC had the best bowl record for conferences, could they be showing signs of vulnerability?
1. The BCS Wasn't Really So Bad
The BCS was certainly a much debated topic and quite an adventure during its time, but was it all really that bad? Yes, there was certainly controversy, but more times than not it worked out. The BCS gave us memorable games like FSU-Auburn, Auburn-Oregon and Texas-USC. It also created the "BCS Buster" such as Boise State and the Statue of Liberty play. As college football continues to evolve into a playoff format, the BCS still managed to get some things right.