In 2013, Florida State finally broke through and won their first National Championship since 1999. In reality there wasn’t a long time between championships but recent Florida State teams had underachieved. Last years team did anything but underachieve. 2015 BCS championship odds favor Florida State, but will they be better or worse than they were last season?
First let’s take a look at the schedule…
8/30 vs Oklahoma State (in Arlington)
9/6 vs The Citadel
9/20 vs Clemson
9/27 at NC State
10/4 vs Wake Forest
10/11 at Syracuse
10/18 vs Notre Dame
10/30 at Louisville
11/8 vs Virginia
11/15 at Miami (FL)
11/22 vs Boston College
11/29 vs Florida
The addition of Louisville, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State will make this a tougher schedule week in and week out and Florida will undoubtedly be a better team this season.
The Seminoles still have a ton of talent, including Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston but they must replace seven NFL Draft picks. Two of those were skill position players (Kelvin Benjamin and Devonta Freeman) and they also lost James Wilder Jr to early entry in the NFL draft. They also lose their top two sackers in Lamarcus Joyner and Timmy Jernigan as well as five of their six leading tacklers (Joyner and Jernigan included).
What will this spell for the Seminoles? I think the Noles will be almost as good as they were last season and they certainly could go undefeated again but in the world of amateur athletics it is very difficult to stay unbeaten for one year much less two. The Noles have won 16 straight games, in order to go undefeated in the regular season this year they would have to extend that streak to 28 games. I think somebody will catch them this year, hopefully for their sake it will be early enough in the season that they can still bounce back and make the College Football Playoff.