College Football picks expert previews the 2014 Florida State Seminoles who were the College Football National Champions after last years' perfect season led by freshman quarterback Jameis Winston who won the Heisman Trophy. Winston redshirted in 2012 watching EJ Manuel who was the no. quarterback taking in the 2013 NFL draft and then dominated College Football last season by throwing for 40 touchdowns while leading the best team in the nation to an ACC record 51.6 points a game.
The redshirt sophomore should be even better with a year under his belt and will have plenty of help behind an offensive line that returns four senior starters including All-ACC first team members in Cameron Erving and Tre' Jackson. Head coach Jimbo Fisher has done a great job at Florida State replacing skill players with consistent top 5 recruiting classes the past few years and with two of the top three Tailbacks gone from last season Karlos Williams who averaged 8.02 yards on 91 carries will get the majority of the load this season. Look out for a big time recruit at the running back position in Cook Lane who make a name for himself in his freshman season. The Seminoles lost Kelvin Benjamin early to the NFL but still brings back All-ACC selection Rashad Greene who only needs 40 receptions to become Florida States all time pass catcher in that category. Look for Greene and tonight end Nick O'Leary to be Winstin's favorite targets to start the season before more talent emerges.
College Football predictions expert reports that the Seminoles defense which has reformed back to the old dominant Florida State traditional defense will be imposing again despite losing some high-productive players from last season. The defensive line is intact with plenty of talent that includes end Mario Edwards Jr. who will be the latest star up front. Junior Terrance Smith will return from the linebacker core and starting cornerbacks Ronald Darby and PJ Williams are back. The special teams will be one of the best in the country with the return of kicker Roberto Aguyo who scored 157 points winning the Lou Groza award as a freshman and one the country's best kick returner in Kermit Whitfieild who averaged an ACC record 36.4 returns yards per kickoff.
2014 NCAAF Prediction:
Florida State continues to win the recruiting battles since Jim Fisher took over and it will be no different this season. Winston will get better as they have an experience offensive line that has five lineman who have a combined 113 career starts. This will offset the loss of important skill players and give the Seminoles talent time to emerge. Look for another ACC championship but another perfect season may be too much to ask.