On New Year’s Day, the undefeated Florida State Seminoles will attempt to defend their national title in the Rose Bowl against the Oregon Ducks, the Pac-12 champions. Should FSU prevail, it’ll get the winner of the Alabama vs. Ohio State Sugar Bowl matchup. While most college football fans would love to see Jameis Winston & Co. take on the Crimson Tide, Las Vegas has the Ducks advancing. I’m here to tell you why they’re flat out wrong.
Florida State, for those unaware, has won 29 straight games, and it didn’t all happen by accident. While Winston hasn’t had quite the same season that he had a year ago statistically, he’s been extremely efficient when it matters – the second halves of games. Winston may not have been a Heisman Trophy contender in 2014, but he’s still one of the most feared players in college football. He’s going to prove it, yet again, in the College Football Playoff.
But Winston isn’t the only reason that Florida State is going to win the inaugural Playoff. Here are the five reasons why the Seminoles are going to be your two-time defending national champions heading into 2015-2016.