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NCAA Team Preview: Florida State Seminoles

The Florida State Seminoles are looking to win back-to-back national championships. This season it will be tougher for Jimbo Fisher’s team, not just because they will have a target on their back all season, but also with the playoff format, they will have to win two games in the “tournament” to be claimed champions. Back for the Seminoles is the defending Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston. Winston, of course is rated as the top quarterback in college football, but does he have enough around him to win another title?

The running back position for the Seminoles appears to be Karlos Williams, until proven otherwise. Him, along with Winston will certainly be the backbone of the team. Rashad Greene. who is certainly to be drafted in the next NFL draft, along with a dominant offensive line will allow the Seminoles to score. Another strong suit for Florida State will be the defensive secondary where nearly every starter would be not only a starter, but a star on most other teams in the country. Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams are two of the best cornerbacks in the nation, and safety Jalen Ramsey is projected out to be something special. He will help soften the blow of losing LaMarcus Joyner to the NFL draft.

A few of the question marks for this Florida State team seem to come from their linebacker position. With a team that is really strong in all 22 starting positions, there has to be someone that is considered the weakness. The duo of Christian Jones and Telvin Smith have moved on, and will put the Seminoles in a reloading situation with less experienced backups. A few of the projected starters for Florida State include Terrance Smith and Reggie Northrup. With Florida State be put to the test with their lack of linebacker strength or will the front four along with the sensational back end of the defense win out for the defending champions?

The schedule for Florida State is not to the difficulty that a Alabama or even Oklahoma will have this season. The Seminoles start the season on August 30th against Oklahoma State. This will be a tough non conference game, even though it’s on a neutral site in Arlington Texas. Following that, Florida State will host The Citadel, and then likely their biggest test in conference play; Clemson. Trips to North Carolina State and Syracuse are sandwiched with a home game against Wake Forest. On October 18th the Seminoles will welcome the vaunted Fighting Irish of Notre Dame to town. The final five games include trips to Louisville and Miami, with home games against Virginia, Boston College and Florida.

Florida State will go as far as their quarterback Jameis Winston will take them. How good can he be, and how good will he be? The Seminoles should be able to get by their first two games, but look for a chance at an upset sitting in week 3. Dabo Sweeney and his crew at Clemson will be ready for them. After that, Notre Dame, Miami and Florida appear to be their biggest test in 2014.

 

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