The competition will be tougher heading into the 2014 season, but the team may be even better than last year as well. In fact, this season was expected to be the one when they made a run for the national title. A lot of people, including myself, believed that last year was going to be a little bit of a rebuilding year because a redshirt freshman quarterback was getting his first taste of college football. They were also replacing seven coaches, losing 11 players in the NFL Draft and implementing a brand new defensive scheme.
Those facts alone make it hard for anyone to believe they were ready to compete for a national title. Instead that redshirt freshman quarterback was Jameis Winston, and he not only led the Seminoles to a National Championship victory but had one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in college football history.
The Seminoles again lost a lot of great talent to the NFL, but the talent that returns isn’t lacking. There are quite a few freshmen who are expected to make an immediate impact on both sides of the ball as well. They boast one of the best secondaries in the country and arguably the best offensive line in the country. As a whole, the Seminoles have more talent and more depth than a year ago. Oh, and they have that guy Winston still at quarterback.
Head coach Jimbo Fisher has done an exceptional job with recruiting since he has taken over the Seminoles. The way his teams are able to reload at each position and essentially not lose a step is remarkable. Plus, the coaching staff he has assembled is one of the best in the country.
So that leads me to this: The only team the Seminoles can lose to this year will be themselves. A few years ago — even last season — I was so skeptical anytime the Seminoles would play someone they should beat because history was never on the team’s side. This team is different, though. There is a certain way the players carry themselves. They are confident and almost cross the line of cocky.
You want that from a team, especially if the players know how to maintain focus on the task at hand and not overlook any opponent. That’s exactly what you get with this Seminoles team. You get a team that is focused, determined and driven to get better every practice and every game. It very well could be the best team in Seminoles history when the season is over.
This team has the coaches and players to win yet another National Championship. However, in order to complete that feat and win back-to-back titles, the Seminoles will need to take care of business as usual and most importantly not get in their own way.