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5 Reasons Why Florida State Will Make the First College Football Playoff

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5 Reasons Why Florida State Will Make the First College Football Playoff

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Until the Florida State Seminoles finally lose a game, they should remain the favorites to win the first College Football Playoff. Plenty of other teams looked good in Week 1 but none have proven yet that they can sustain a high level of play over the course of an entire season the way the Seminoles have. But that experience is far from the only thing going for FSU. Here are five reasons why the Seminoles will reach the College Football Playoff.

5. Defense

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5. Defense

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Say what you want about Florida State's closer-than-expected opener against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, but the defense was pretty good. They had a tough task, facing a Big 12 offense right out of the gate, but the Seminoles held the Cowboys to only 364 total yards. More importantly, they minimized big plays and only gave up one touchdown through the air. Not many will be able to do that against the Cowboys in 2014.

4. Notre Dame's Academic Scandal

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4. Notre Dame's Academic Scandal

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Now that Oklahoma State is out of the way, the biggest remaining threat in Florida State's out-of-conference schedule is probably the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Irish were supposed to be pretty good in 2014, but they have since lost a number of starters and key reserves to suspensions. Notre Dame probably wasn't a huge threat to the Seminoles to begin with, but now their odds of pulling an upset just look bleak.

3. A Veteran Offensive Line

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3. A Veteran Offensive Line

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The quarterbacks and skill players get all the glory, but any good offense begins up front with the offensive line. Florida State has one of the best in the nation this year, after returning four starters from last season. The line is also composed entirely of seniors, and most of them will likely be playing in the NFL next year. They will give the Seminoles plenty of flexibility to mix things up with the running and passing games in 2014.

2. The ACC Atlantic Division May be Down in 2014

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2. The ACC Atlantic Division May be Down in 2014

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The ACC's Atlantic division struggled mightily in Week 1. The Clemson Tigers -- likely FSU's main competition in the division -- were steamrolled by the Georgia Bulldogs. The Syracuse Orange and NC State Wolfpack both struggled to put away FCS opponents in their openers, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons lost to the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks. Louisville now looks like the biggest threat to FSU. They open against Miami on Monday.

1. Jameis Winston

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1. Jameis Winston

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As long as the reigning Heisman winner, Jameis Winston, is on the field, the Seminoles are going to be a very dangerous team. With an elite receiver back in Rashad Greene and the aforementioned offensive line, Winston should put up huge numbers again this season. More importantly, though, Winston makes the Seminoles a threat to run the table again and the favorite to win the inaugural College Football Playoff.

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