FSU Football: 5 reasons ‘Noles could repeat in 2014

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Could Florida State win it again in 2014? (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Why Florida State could be celebrating again next season

For the first time in 14 years, Florida State is college football’s national champion. The Seminoles overcame a 21-3 deficit on Monday to down Auburn 34-31 and claim the third national championship in school history. As thrilling as Monday’s BCS National Championship was, expectations will once again be high for FSU in 2014. Here are five reasons why the Seminoles could repeat as national champions:

1. Jameis Winston
The second freshman in as many years to win the Heisman Trophy, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston showed poise beyond his years on the football field in 2013. Winston passed for better than 4,000 yards with 40 touchdowns and finished as the nation’s top rated passer. Winston is a real student of the game and with 14 games and a national championship already under his belt, the redshirt sophomore to be could be even better next season.

2. A Stronger Non-Conference
With the four-team playoff being implemented next season, there is more margin for error and while the ACC could still be maligned, the Seminoles do have an impressive non-conference slate. Florida State will face Oklahoma State in Dallas and will also host both Notre Dame and Florida. It’s possible that FSU could get into the four-team playoff even with one loss and if the Seminoles were to get there, they will be battle tested outside of the ACC.

3. A Weaker Than Usual ACC
While the non-conference schedule is beefed up, the ACC looks to be a conference that Florida State could win for a third straight season and possibly easily. A lot of big names will be leaving due to graduation and the NFL Draft, particularly in the Atlantic division. Clemson will have to travel to Tallahassee next season and will be without quarterback Tajh Boyd and receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant. Andre Williams will be leaving Boston College and ACC newcomer Louisville will have to replace quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Anything short of winning the ACC Atlantic next season will be a dismal failure for Florida State.

4. The SEC Doesn’t Scare Florida State
While the SEC is certainly still the premier conference in college football, there is no gab between the Southeastern Conference and FSU. Following Monday’s victory over Auburn, the Seminoles are 5-1 against the SEC since 2010. If Florida State is fortunate enough to get into the four-team playoff next season, it’s very likely that at least one school from the SEC will be there as well. Though the SEC chatter has dominated college football, the conference itself has been unable to do likewise against the Seminoles.

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5. Jimbo Fisher
In a very short period of time, Jimbo Fisher has become one of the premier coaches in college football and that’s the reason why his name was associated with the Texas opening. In four years at Florida State, Fisher is 45-10 with a national championship, two ACC titles, two BCS bowl victories, a 7-1 record against in-state rivals and a 4-0 bowl record. Coaching makes a very big difference in college football. Fortunately for FSU, it has one of the best and will again in 2014.

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  • Joe

    what about overall player personnel? I mean kermit levonte whitfield I think will be a game changer next year, and I think freeman will stay and karlos williams is staying, wilder jr might leave and same with cameron erving, but theres a great back up center and still got three other starting lineman that will be their third year starting in a row if erving goes. Greene should be back as a senior, he’s not getting any draft buzz, and still got a decent fullback in chad abrams, Green is another good receiver, so I think whitfield Green and Greene can easily replace benjamin, shaw and Greene, and can’t forget about O’leary, this is just offense side of the ball, secondary we lose lamarcus joyner, and terrance brooks, but darby, Pj Williams, Nate andrews, Jalen Raimesy, I think the secondary is fine, linebackers is troublesome, losing christian jones and telvin smith, not sure how that will go, but the D Line will be strong even with losing jernigan most likely. I think they will have just as much talent as they had this past year

    • Mike Ferguson

      Players are definitely solid. As of this morning though when the article was written, I wasn’t completely sure as to who was staying and who was declaring for the NFL Draft. That’s why I didn’t delve into the issue.