January 17, 2014

Six reasons why FSU will & won't repeat as national champs


Repeating as a college football national champion is a tall order. Only two teams in the last 50 years have accomplished this Herculean task - Alabama and Nebraska.

Florida State will have the opportunity to join this exclusive club and become just the third program in the last half century to claim back-to-back championships. The very early projections are unanimous that the Seminoles will finish on top of the college football world again in 2014. ESPN's Way-Too-Early Top 25, CBS Sports preseason top 25, USA Today's 2014 early projection and Nationalchamps.net Early Bird Preview all say that FSU is the preseason favorite to repeat as national champions.

Being favored to win the crystal ball is one thing, actually going out and earning it is quite another. Only two teams in the last 20 years have started out on top of the preseason polls and finished the season ranked No. 1 - USC in 2004 and Florida State in 1999.

Why FSU will repeat at national champions

1. Jameis Winston - Florida State returns the top player in college football to direct its offense. No other team in college football will have such an accomplished playmaker, leader and clutch performer under center. The defending Heisman Trophy winner, who was a redshirt freshman last season, should only improve given more time to learn Jimbo Fisher's offense. The Seminoles will start every game with a distinct advantage over their opponents simply because of having Winston on the field.

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