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Florida State a team with nothing to fear in 2014

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For the first time since 2000, Florida State will enter the new football season looking to successfully defend their national championship crown. They will do so in a new era for college football as equipped as they can be.

Jimbo Fisher has been building Florida State to compete at this high of a level since the day he succeeded Bobby Bowden. The 2013 season may not have even been the year to most fear Florida State heading in, because who knew Jameis Winston would be as dominant as he turned out to be. Nothing rattled Florida State at any point during the 2013 season, including various moments of tension in the BCS Championship Game against Auburn. This team plays with no fear, a tremendous credit to the mindset instilled by the coaching staff and veteran players.

Winston’s cool confidence also plays a huge factor in to the equation. In one year playing college football Winston has claimed a Heisman Trophy, ACC championship and a BCS national championship. There will be plenty of confidence shown by Winston in 2014, and his leadership role will continue to expand. Winston will be back under center in 2014 and given the way Florida State has been stocking their roster under Fisher it should be expected Florida State will be a talented and athletic team once again in 2014.

If Florida State is going to make a run at a repeat, they will benefit from having some juniors decide to return for one more year in Tallahassee. Who comes back on the offensive line, which started three juniors, one fifth-year senior and one redshirt junior in the BCS championship game? The defense looks to be in good shape in 2014 as well. The entire starting defensive line should be back, although juniors Mario Edwards and Timmy Jernigan may think about leaving. Four seniors in the second and third level of the defense will be moving on, so there will be holes to plug as well.

With four spots available for a playoff spot next season, Florida State should start high enough in the rankings to put themselves in a good position to grab one of the spots. Can they be as dominant as they were on a weekly basis in 2014? The odds would suggest not, but they will still be a darn tough team for most teams to beat.

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27 Responses to “Florida State a team with nothing to fear in 2014”
  1. blacknole08 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:17 AM

    Look, we didn’t just beat Auburn tonight. We beat THE ENTIRE SEC AND THEIR BANDWAGON FANBASE!! Jameis said if we gonna do it, WE DO IT BIG!! Not once tonight did I give up hope… we went through sooo much adversity this year to let this slip away! I waited over decade to say this but WE ARE NATIONAL CHAMPS!!! GO NOLES!!!!!

  2. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 1:18 AM

    We might lose both receivers, our two top RBs, and a stud like Jernigan. Also, Joiner and Smith are seniors. This was the best FSU team I’ve ever seen, but it will be tough to repeat with so much lost. We’ll give it a go though. We do have Famous Jameis.

  3. BrownsTown says: Jan 7, 2014 1:28 AM

    The NFL loves D-linemen who are so out of shape, they sit out key drives in the fourth quarter.

  4. noleitup says: Jan 7, 2014 1:30 AM

    Wow just wow. I knew we were close to being back but I didnt think it would be this quick. With that being said, it also looks like auburn is gonna be pretty good for a long time. You war turkey fans should be very proud. Now if youll excuse me I got some rolled up buckeyes ready for the ultimate celebration

  5. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 1:32 AM

    blacknole08 …

    Can’t you be a gracious winner? Or does being a jackass just come naturally?

    We’ve congratulated the Seminoles. But SEC fans aren’t bandwagoners. I’m an Alabama fan. Period. Was an Alabama fan when they were losing. Was an Alabama fan when they were winning. Am an Alabama fan today. Will be an Alabama fan tomorrow. No bandwagoners here.

    On the other hand … I have quite a few friends who’ve been yelling “Roll Tide” the last few years who suddenly became FSU fans about a month ago and shocked me by declaring they’ve been FSU fans all along. Oh really? Please … don’t talk to me about bandwagoners :roll:

  6. udub says: Jan 7, 2014 1:34 AM

    If they don’t at least get a playoff spot their 2014 season would have to be considered a miserable failure.

    They open up against Oklahoma State, who is losing all their best players and all the ‘toughest’ competition of a weak ACC is losing their best players (ie Clemson losing Boyd and Watkins) while they return theirs.

    Once they’re in the playoffs though…that would be a different story

  7. blacknole08 says: Jan 7, 2014 1:40 AM

    I’m really not trying to be a douche Deb. But I am sick of the media hype surrounding the SEC and SEC teams having each others back. Musberger couldnt hide his hard-on all night for Auburn. This site even picked Auburn to win.

    So yea I will be gracious… by telling them all to shove it! NATIONAL CHAMPS BABY!

  8. bostonbias says: Jan 7, 2014 1:56 AM

    Noles fans seem to think they are on the team….as they say WE win..interesting….

  9. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 1:58 AM

    @blacknole08 …

    Musberger’s an idiot–I just tune him out. Don’t know about the rest of these writers, but JT is an Ohio State fan. So if he picked Auburn, it wasn’t from an SEC bias. Most people were going for FSU. I really don’t see the SEC bias–but I rarely watch ESPN. Usually only Monday Night Countdown and actual game coverage. Gary Danielson on CBS has such an anti-Bama bias that I have to mute him during our games. They’re all just trying to overhype whoever is playing. Some of us fans will root for each other, but the SEC teams don’t have each other’s backs. There’s a lot of interconference rivalry :)

  10. villain612 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:14 AM

    Doesn’t ESPN have its own SEC Network?
    Yeah, I can’t imagine why they’d favor the SEC at all.

  11. ningenito78 says: Jan 7, 2014 2:33 AM

    Notre Dame vs. FSU in 2014 will be one of the most overhyped 38-10 beatdowns you will ever see next year.
    I’ll bet this Deb is a real looker.

  12. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 3:03 AM

    BrownsTown ,

    He had a cramp and wasn’t gased, dummy. You might want to know what you’re talking about before you speak.

  13. packerbadger says: Jan 7, 2014 8:16 AM

    Deb says: “I have quite a few friends ”

  14. jdbaker01 says: Jan 7, 2014 9:13 AM

    It’ll be easy for FSU to get back to the championship game, not b/c of their talent, but b/c of their schedule. I don’t see Bethune-Cookman knocking them off.

  15. tide4life says: Jan 7, 2014 9:41 AM

    Well done, FSU. Good job.

  16. peddealer says: Jan 7, 2014 10:01 AM

    Deb, any chance you are “Bama Mom” LMAO!!!

    If so, stay classy!

  17. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 10:26 AM

    ROFL … why, yes, boys … women are doing amazing things these days. We have careers, friends, families, understand the complicated game of football, and still rock the houndstooth stilettos.

    But there’s no chance I’m “Bama Mom.” As I’ve said before, I’d rather deliver a verbal zinger than belly-flop into a crowd. And I’m not blond. Green eyes and long auburn hair to match the sharp tongue.

  18. cobibones13 says: Jan 7, 2014 10:29 AM

    Mario Edwards jr. is not a junior, he’s a sophomore. He’s only a junior in the sense that he has the same name as his father, lol.

  19. seattlelibtard says: Jan 7, 2014 11:05 AM

    Divided. Glad the SEC lost. Sad a rapist won.

  20. blacknole08 says: Jan 7, 2014 11:11 AM

    People may give you a hard time Deb but I got respect for you.

    Even if you think I’m a jackass.

  21. Deb says: Jan 7, 2014 11:28 AM

    @blacknole08 …

    Thank you. I’m happy for your win. It was well-deserved and hope you all enjoy it :)

    And don’t mind me. Some people on here are jackasses–but sometimes it’s just easier to say “jackass” than to write a thoughtful comment 😉

  22. onlyoneleft says: Jan 7, 2014 11:46 AM

    SEC speed. Yeah! Most overrated conference for the last three years..

  23. onlyoneleft says: Jan 7, 2014 12:34 PM

    AWBARN is 0 and 3 in its last three games against
    the ACC

  24. realfootballfan says: Jan 7, 2014 12:55 PM

    You do know that they play Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, and Louisville next year, don’t you. Again, might want to know what you’re talking about before you open your mouth and sound so dumb.

  25. fpstratton says: Jan 7, 2014 3:24 PM

    First of all, I am really happy that Florida State won last night.

    However, I don’t see this as the SEC getting beaten or becoming less relevant in the power rankings of college football. The SEC is an outstanding conference. It has many of the best players that go on and do well in the pros. Florida State defeated Auburn last night…..that’s it, and good for them!

  26. mackie66 says: Jan 7, 2014 5:39 PM

    FSU doesn’t rebuild, they simply reload. I live in a bi-racial house hold, my wife is a Gator and Im the Nole,,,but we survive,,,somehow! Got to be honest, I slept through the whole game,,,,,

  27. musketmaniac says: Jan 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    congrats jimbo fisher, the entire state of west Virginia is proud of you. clemson and Florida bcs victories has risen the acc conference to mediocre. congrats

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