I’m not sold on Florida State.
There are plenty of reasons to keep an eye on the Seminoles.
Jameis Winston is an amazing talent who will be one of the nation’s best quarterbacks. Sooner than later.
They have an incredible running game with James Wilder Jr., Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams.
Rashad Greene and Kenny Shaw are near unstoppable at WR.
All that means they’re averaging 51.3 points a game, including dropping 41 and 48 on their first two ACC opponents.
But Winston is a redshirt freshman who is bound to make some mistakes somewhere and FSU’s defense isn’t close to what it was last year.
The next five weeks will show us if the Seminoles are for real and can make a run at the national championship.
Here’s how the next month looks for them.
Oct. 5 — No. 25 Maryland: Like FSU, the Terrapins have been impressive against lesser competition. They’ve avoided the injuries that decimated the QB position last year and have one of the conference’s top weapons in the speedy Stefon Diggs. They also were off last week.
Oct. 19 — at No. 3 Clemson: We know what Clemson QB Tajh Boyd can do, and this is only one of four times the Seminoles leave Florida this season. FSU will get an extra week to prepare for this game.
Oct. 26 — N.C. State: QB issues aside, the Wolfpack are improved, but will have a tough time winning at Tallahassee.
Nov. 2 — No. 14 Miami: The U. is back. This will be FSU’s final ACC obstacle. I wouldn’t be surprised to see both teams undefeated heading into this one.
It helps that three of those games are at home.
There’s a strong chance the Seminoles will finish the season unbeaten and in the national title chase, but only if Winston continues his strong decision making and the defense improves. Fast.
If it all comes together, look for FSU to be looking good in December.