By Justin Patrick @calling_allfans on August 18, 2014
Last season, the Florida State Seminoles ended the SEC’s reign and defeated the Auburn Tigers to win the BCS National Championship. The Seminoles are ranked No. 1 in both the preseason AP and USA Today polls. As the 2014 season gets set to start, here are five questions facing Florida State and their head coach Jimbo Fisher. Let's hope this article goes over better than FSU's Twitter Q&A with Jameis Wintston.
Their offense ranked 15th in passing (315.9 ypg), 28th in rushing (203.1 ypg) and second in points scored (51.6 ppg) in 2013. FSU still has QB Jameis Winston, who won the Heisman last year, but two wide receivers (including Kelvin Benjamin), two running backs (including Devonta Freeman) and center Bryan Stork are now in the NFL. With these losses, will FSU be able to score points at the same rate in 2014? Probably, but they need to prove it.
In 2013, the Seminoles’ defense ranked first, allowing only 12.1 points per game on average, thanks to having future NFL draft picks and senior leadership. The offense may be full of seniors this season, but no seniors are projected to start on defense in 2014. There still is some experience though — five juniors who started in the BCS Title game return this season, as does starting LB Terrance Smith, who is a fourth-year junior.
In 2013, he was accused of a rape that allegedly took place in December 2012. Due to horrible police work, we may never know the truth. A second woman came forward after having a sexual encounter with Winston, and while it wasn’t rape because she never said no, the woman said she found the encounter troubling and she sought counseling. Then (not to equate this with sexual assault), Winston was caught on video stealing crab legs from a Publix.
The only real competition for FSU in the ACC is Clemson. Those two teams will meet in Tallahassee on Sept. 20. Whichever team wins that game will most likely win the Atlantic Division of the ACC and earn a trip to the Bank of America Stadium to play the winner of the Coastal division on Dec. 6. FSU embarrassed Clemson on the road last year. Can FSU win the ACC again? Of course, but expect the game with Clemson to be much closer this time around.
FSU won the final BCS National Championship by beating Auburn last season. A 12-person committee will release their top 25 rankings each week, beginning Oct. 28. At season’s end, the top four teams will compete in a playoff to win the title. Is it perfect? No, but it’s a step in the right direction. Can FSU repeat as national champions? It’s way too soon to say they will, but of course they can.
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