College Football Preview: The 2014 Florida State Seminoles
2014 College Football Preview
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The Florida State Seminoles look to remain at the top of college football once again.
Overview: The Seminoles ran the table with a 14-0 record and ended up winning the national championship. Led by a defense that was ranked third in the country and a Heisman winning quarterback in Jameis Winston, the Seminoles throttled their opponents each and every week and didn’t really play a close game until the national championship. Simply put: the Seminoles were a beast of a team.
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Offense: The Seminoles are in great hands with Winston leading the way at quarterback. A Heisman winner last year, Winston is clearly one of the best players in the country and is capable of putting this team on his back each week. Karlos Williams will lead the Noles in the backfield, as he racked up more than 700 yards last year and Rashard Greene, who led the Seminoles in receiving yards, will fill the void of losing Kelvin Benjamin. Florida State remains in great shape offensively.
Defense: The Seminoles lost a few key defensive players such as Lamarcus Joyner and Telvin Smith, but this was a young, athletic unit to begin with. This side of the ball will be just fine. The Seminoles defensive line led by Mario Edwards and Eddie Goldman has the potential to be scary good. The defensive backfield is loaded with ball hawks such as Nate Andrews, Ronald Darby and P.J. Williams. The Seminoles defense was one of the best in the country last year and while it lost some of its experience, that isn’t going to change much this season.
Special Teams: The Seminoles have one of the best kickers in the country in Roberto Aguayo, who made 21 of 22 attempts last season as a freshman. Punter Cason Beatty averaged a little over 41 yards last year, which was good for 10th in the ACC.
Outlook: Right now, you have to believe that the Seminoles are good enough to earn one of those four playoff spots and compete for a serious chance to repeat. The Seminoles have the elite quarterback, terrific defense and play in a weak enough conference to where they can run the table again and go toe-to-toe with anybody in the country. The Seminoles should be the favorite to win the national championship with all of their key pieces still in place.